Monday, March 19, 2012

San Sebastian (Donostia)

Next destination - San Sebastian , also known as Donostia in Basque. It lies in the coast of the Bay of Biscay just 20 km away from the French border. This is the land of the Basque people who are proud of their  identity and love distinguishing themselves from the rest of the Spainards such as the Catalans.

San Sebastian is famous for its Basque cuisine and crescent shaped beach which draws visitors from all over Europe in summer. Despite being a small city, it is home to a high concentration of Michelin star restaurants. My friends and I can hardly wait to try their cuisine when we got there. We weren't really beach people, more food people and it is important we get our priorities right. Moreover, the weather was really too cold for anyone to take a dip let alone a swim but we were surprised to see surfers and topless old men who didn't let the cold bother them.

One of my first impressions of San Sebastian while making my way to the town from the bridge

A unique beach front property at San Sebastian that houses a gym and restaurants

Beautiful beach front property at San Sebastian

A traditional street lamp at the edge of the beach at San Sebastian

An art deco building at the outskirts of the bustling town

The old quarters at San Sebastian

Flavours of cucuruchos (Spanish for cones )

"Excuse me, Madam. Would you like me to take your coat?"

A popular bakery in San Sebastian which has people lining up for its loaves

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