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After a great overnight stay at a gem of a hotel (the Jardin Secreto in Santander), we hired a car and took the 200km journey along the northern coast of Spain to San Sebastián.   As there is much more rainfall here than where we live on the south coast of Spain, the landscape is much greener.

San Sebastián, also known as Donostia, lies along a white sandy bay in the heart of Basque Country.   The streets unfold to overlook La Concha Bay, with Monte Igeldo offering a wonderful vantage point for enjoying views over the city.

There is a lovely promenade with elegant railings and street lamps, as well as wonderful bridges crossing the Rio Urumea as it meanders on it´s way to the Bay of Biscay.

San Sebastián is a cosmopolitan city with a strong Basque character, which is evident in it´s cultural events as well as in it´s cuisine.  In fact, there three 3 star Michelin restaurants in the city ….  more than in any other province in Spain!   The city is the epicentre of Basque gastronomy, where food is a major contribution to the social life of the Basque people.  To share and to enjoy it with them is a truly unique experience.  Just take a look at all the tapas set out on the counter in the attached photograph, and this is just a little bar down a side street!

We caught the funicular railway up Monte Igeldo for magnificent views across this beautiful city and bay, which has more than a whiff of Monaco about it 🙂