Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Figuring out San Sebastian

San Sebastian first got on my radar from my Spanish lessons. I have got the feeling that its popularity has skyrocketed in recent years. It took me a while to work out the reason why.

We happened to be in town over a weekend. Friday night it rained around sunset. Saturday evening everyone was out in the streets. Many of the bars in the old town were standing room only in the street. The clients were not all young people. Many were mature adults. We are used to such "scenes."

Several places we noticed "Tourist go home" graffiti were left undisturbed, but the tourist office was particularly friendly and competent, except their internet was down due to the ongoing ransomware attack, which had not affected our travels otherwise.

Eventually, we concluded that San Sebastian is popular because it has everything, though it does not necessarily excel at any one thing.

* beach, different bays for surfing and family fun.
* historic center: this, many beach towns lack. Most beach towns used to be villages.
* lively restaurant/bar scene (all of Spain seem to be good at).
* location, as in proximity to France: Spain is cheaper than France and the French like good values.
* not to mention running, standup paddleboarding, open water swimming, sculling, and walking.
* regional public transportation

Walking to our hotel from the train station. Checkout SL and her backpack.
San Sebastian, Spain

Around the Old Town. The Ale-Hop cow (right).
San Sebastian, Spain

Private Men's Club.
San Sebastian, Spain

Plaza and Bull Ring.
San Sebastian, Spain

View towards the Cathedral.
San Sebastian, Spain

Friday night sunset rainout.
San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian, Spain

Our one full day we rode the Metro train to San Pedro and walked back to San Sebastian on The Camino along the Bay of Biscay.
San Sebastian, Spain

San Pedro, Spain

Walking from San Pedro to San Sebastian, Spain

Walking from San Pedro to San Sebastian, Spain

Walking from San Pedro to San Sebastian, Spain

Walking from San Pedro to San Sebastian, Spain

Walking from San Pedro to San Sebastian, Spain

Many surfers in the water at Gros Beach.
Walking from San Pedro to San Sebastian, Spain

And walkers on the promenade.
San Sebastian, Spain

View from one of several monumental bridges that cross the Rio Urumea.
San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian always feels lively.
San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian, Spain

Sunset pics.
Sunset - San Sebastian, Spain

Sunset - San Sebastian, Spain

Sunset - San Sebastian, Spain

Sunset - San Sebastian, Spain

Sunset - San Sebastian, Spain

Evening in city center.
San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian, Spain

Before taking the train to Biarritz, we have a morning stroll on the promenade; and there's a 10K run in progress.

San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian, Spain

While walking we see open water swimmers and standup paddleboarders.
San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian, Spain

1 comment:

Crash Eddy said...

Great photo of runner with sunny pathway showing between his feet and his shadow. I have a photo of me with both feet in the air, circa 35 years ago. i can barely manage one foot in the air these days.