Foodies like me (and you) will love San Sebastian, Spain
Gastronomy is taken very seriously here! Stroll the narrow streets of Old Town and peek in any tapa bar for a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. Artfully displayed plates laden with tapas (tastes) cover the bar counters. Enjoy with a local wine or sangria while people watching on long summer evenings!
Croissants aren’t just for Parisians!
I don’t typically eat a big breakfast but I did especially enjoy a sweet, flakey croissant with chocolate inside while sipping a strong espresso coffee in the early morning air outside my San Sebastian hotel.
Discovering Pasai Donibane (San Juan), Spain
The old town Pasai Donibane (San Juan), is a 10-minute ferry ride from the colorful fishing village of Hondarribia. Baroque and Renaissance styles homes built in the 16th & 18th centuries, line the single street that runs the length of the quaint little town. Casa Victor Hugo, directly on the bay, is where Victor Hugo stayed during his time in Pasaia in 1843
Sunny beaches of Biarritz, France
On the northwestern edge of France is the sweet little beach town of Biarritz where a full day can be spent on the sun-soaked beaches. Be amazed by sand artists who work their magic using rakes and branches to create beautiful artwork in the sand for onlookers who throw coins to the artists. Later, head town where you can stroll the narrow streets for fabulous shopping and amazing restaurants where. I loved eating at La Trattoria Pizzeria restaurant along the beachfront.
The Flysch of Zumaia, Spain
Do not miss this fantastic half-day trip in northern Basque Country. Visit the Geopark of the Basque Coast. Amazing marvels of nature, the Flysch are geological phenomena caused by the erosion of the sea into the limestone and marl rocks of the region over millions of years. The Algorri cliffs area in Zumaia is the start of the hermitage of San Telmo.
Some things to love about Bilboa
If you only have a day in Bilboa you will want to wander through the streets along the river to the Guggenheim Museum of Bilboa. You will fall in love with Jeff Koons’ adorable little Puppy sculpture sitting outside the museum. Puppy combines two of my favorite things, puppies and flowers!
Bilboa’s Guggenheim Museum is one of five Guggenheim Museums, (New York, Venice, Abu Dhabi and Berlin are the others) named after Solomon Guggenheim. The three levels of the building are organized around the Atrium and are connected by means of curved walkways, titanium and glass elevators, and staircases. The museum is a treat even if you only choose to view all the museum’s outside art sculptures! Yep, that’s what I did!
A Hike with a View
The 30-minute hike up Monte Urgull will lead you to the inspiring 12-meter statue of Jesus Christ which overlooks the beautiful city of San Sebastian, Spain. The rocky terrain led Monte Urgull to be converted into a military fortress in the 12th century with its walls which were subject to attacks and sieges throughout the years. The Sagrado Corazon (Sacred Heart) statue has been the custodian of the city since 1950 and can be seen from four miles out to sea.
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