HAPPY TRAVEL TUESDAY
Today I’ve been seriously daydreaming about one of the best places I’ve ever visited.
A place that I didn’t know I was going to fall in love with as much as I did.
I have yet to find a place that touched my heart the way that this place did. It was everything you could possibly want in a European city.
AMAZING food. Great wine – and inexpensive. Fun people. Beautiful architecture and views. A surfing beach. A “mountain” to climb with old buildings and architecture the whole way up. AND EVEN A CAROUSEL
Scroll down to the bottom for my top recommendations of must see or do things.
The Food In San Sebastian
So, lets start with the food.
I will start with saying that there are 10 Michelin Star Restaurants in or around San Sebastian – 7 of which have 3 stars. I didn’t get a chance to try all of them, so I won’t give you my favourites. If you want to look more into those – feel free to check out this quick guide.
What I want to talk about is the way they eat food. The Bask region is different than anywhere I’ve ever been. They have street after street of about 20-30 restaurants that all have food laid out called Pinxtos. It’s like Tapas, but smaller and better.
So, you order your one or two pintxos that cost anything from 1 euro to about 3. You get your 2 Euro or less glass of (pretty good!) wine, and then you stand and chat and meet people. Or you can sit, but most people didn’t seem to.
Then you do this, all night, restaurant hopping.
This was a fish that you cooked yourself with some sort of shot on the side.
This place only had three menu options, one of which was a steak we shared with another couple.
Anyway, you get the point.
BUT I’M NOT DONE WITH THE FOOD.
The “grocery” stores and the meat shops are to die for.
Our San Sebastian Air Bnb
The San Sebastian Beach
If you like to surf, this is apparently the place to be. I preferred to soak up the sun and watch people fall.
And then the streets and the beautiful architecture everywhere you go.
San Sebestian Restaurant Recommendations:
If you like ice cream… in a popsicle form. (I had one every night for 5 nights in a row).
Okay. I know it sounds so bad but it’s ONLY called that because it seemed to be the only bar in the area with a TV. But the staff was amazing, and the food was SO good. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Ever heard of the Walt Disney quote “Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends”? Well that’s this place. They do 3 things, REALLY well. Tomatoes, Steak (pictured above) and Peppers. You have to go early, put your name in and then go to another pintxos place – but totally worth it.
Also pictured above, this place has the fish that you cook yourself with the shot that I still don’t know what’s in it. The atmosphere is cool, but get there early as well.
San Sebastian Restaurant Tips:
Ask The Bar
The most important thing I learned on this trip when it came to food was that there are menus behind the bar as well – and the staff knows what is best. We found some places had amazing risottos and paellas (again for 3-5 euro) that obviously aren’t sitting out on the bar. They serve the food hot, and it’s amazing.
Don’t Waste Your Money on Michelin Stars
This is a personal preference. We honestly went so many places and the Michelin star restaurants didn’t compare to the fun nights out.
- Drink the house wine
At least if you like red. It’s cheap and doesn’t hurt you.
- Try Txakoli (Checkoli) if you like white
This is basically a white, SEMI sparkling wine. It’s always super cheap (like 1.5 Euro) and it’s really really easy to drink.
More San Sebastian Recommendations
- Go on a weekend. We went for 5 days and the best days were Friday-Sunday. There is more to do and see – From the night life to the Carousel running.
- WEAR COMFY SHOES!
It seems to be a fairly high fashion place, but everyone is comfortable. You will be walking everyone, and you really can’t drive on most streets. I bought the above shoes in 4 different colours and they were the perfect compromise for fashion and comfort!
- BRING A FITBIT
Seriously – I think we walked 25K+ Steps a day and it made me feel so much better about all the eating and drinking I did!
- Stay in an Airbnb on the Water
There were so many amazing options (I showed you ours) – and it all seemed so safe. I would have walked home alone any night and felt perfectly comfortable.
- If you do stay in an airbnb – GET ONE WITH A BALCONY
Honestly the best decision we made was getting a balcony on the water and sitting out in the afternoon with wine and meat and cheese from the local shops.
So there you have it! If you go let me know in the comments your favourite places and if you managed to get to any of my recommendations!
Until next time