what a breathtaking city, thats charming by day and flirtasious by night. Its also been voted by multiple magazines as one of the best cities to have amazing food, and tapas that will cause an explosion in your mouth. Besides great food, san sebastian has breathtaking scenery. Here you have great white sand Beach (topless beach for young and old) on one side of the river, a surfing Beach on the other and hugged by mountains.
Once we left the surf camp in France we made our way down to san sebastian by train mainly. We weren’t even sure we’d make it to San Sebastian because there was no bus going out of the surf camp in france. Our only option was to hitchhike to the next main town and take the train from there to San Sebastian. At first I was skeptical about this whole idea, but it worked out pretty good for us and we even made in to San Sebastian by dinner. During a layover between trains we rested at a cafe and booked a hostel for that night in the heart of downtown San Sebastian.
What/Where to eat in San Sebastian:
1. Koh Tao: You’d expect an asian restaurant here, right? It’s actually a great place to relax and enjoy a good coffee/tea and have great Spanish breakfast. Our favorite is the Spanish omelette, which is an egg and potato cake. We found this little gem through yelp! Yes, yelp works in europe as well, but mainly in major cities.
For dinner we had tapas in the old part of the town. There are a bunch of tapa/pinxtos restaurants that are good. I can’t remember the names, because it was our first day there and we just arrived after a long day of traveling. But go to the old town and you can pick and choose (we loved the pinxtos which caramelized goat cheese with honey)
2. La Mejilloneras: If you like seafood, especially muscles you’d love it here. Their muscles are amazing…. (as i am writing this my mouth is starting to water). Also try their Bravas, which are potatoe wedges with a spicy mayo sauce. yummy!
Tip 1: Avoid tapas bars that do not display prices, it’s a trick to get more out of tourist. A good tapa should cost 2 – 3 Euro.
Tip 2: Spain is full of great tapas bars. Order one to test out the place, if it doesn’t send an explosion to your taste buds then go to the next place. A good tapas bar has it down to an art.
Tip 3: Take a free tour as soon as possible. Not only does this help you grasp the layout of the city, but the tour guides are full of cost saving advice and will point you to some great local eats.
Tip 4: Public transportation in Spain can get expensive. We have been quoted up to 38 e per person for a bus and 70 e for a train between cities . Use BlaBla Car as a great cost saving alternative. It is most always cheaper and usually more covienient and quicker. Plus, you meet a local.
Tip 5: Be aware of add on’so. The bread may not included in the price (especially in popular tourist areas)! Many restaurant may serve bread, olives, etc and charge you extra when you cash out, so don’t be afraid to ask!
Tip 5: Look for the Menu del Dia or Menue of the day displayed on the outside of cafes and restaurants. This Menue usually consists of at least three courses for cheap.
Tip 6: Adjust your appetite. It’s common for Spainyards to eat a large meal around in the early afternoon and small meals in the evening, hints the popularity of tapas in the evenings. Be sure to eat a big lunch or you may find it difficult to get your fill.
Tip 7: Spain is diverse. Spain is relatively small from U.S. standards, yet it has as much diversity as Boston and New Orleans. Keep this in mind when considering any of these tips