Full day in San Sebastian
I have wanted to come here for years. What a great city. Just such a nice vibe. The food scene is amazing but there is a sophistication to this city that makes it very special. We started off our day by walking to a more residential area of town. There are these beautiful trails in front of the buildings lining up the water.
Pastelería Geltoki is the pastry shop.
There are few stores worth checking out. This one is called Pukas. It is a brand and surf shop started in San Sebastian. It has grown way past the original shop of boards and bathing suits. The other store is Noventa Grados which is their version of Barneys.
The square Alboka sits on is called Constitucion Square. A very cool square with lots of history. Above the square are apartments. One after the other that go around 3/4 of the square. Each of them have a number on them that you can see from below. Makes them look like cabanas at the beach. What they were at one point were boxes for people to view the bull fights or anything else that went on in the square. They kept the numbers there to preserve history.
Our lunch was at Ibai. A tiny restaurant located in the basement. There is a bar upstairs. Only about 30 seats tops. Lunch and cash only. Certainly a locals spot as we noticed as our meal progressed. The food is simple and delicious. Highly recommend this place.
We also had the grilled calamari. Simple. In all honesty they don’t speak English and we do not speak Spanish so it wasn’t easy to communicate. Taking a look around what other people were eating was interesting. All simply prepared but obviously brilliant.
We stopped in a few other places on the way back for our room for a major siesta. We eventually got up and wandered into old town where small bars line the street. Each one has an abundance of tapas. Amateur night here is Monday night many of the best ones are closed. We decided we would just try a few that were open that we wanted to go to and come back to the ones we wanted to try for lunch tomorrow.