Eat pintxos, go to the beach, repeat! That was basically how hard we spent our days in San Sebastian, the Basques city in northern Spain known for its gastronomic delight and beautiful in-city beaches. But aside from delicious pintxos and pretty playas, there’s a lot more going in this sexy city – culture, pretty harbor, green mountains, fresh crisp air, bike-friendly, nice locals, quaint old town, etc. What’s not to love? We left our hearts and stomachs in San Sebastian!
We were thrilled to arrive in San Sebastian after the few days of madness spent in Pamplona fiesta. The beach beckons, but we had to resist for now. We had to take care of the first order of business in San Sebastian – to devour on its famous pintxos for lunch!
We headed to the charming Old Quarter where the narrow streets are deliciously lined with pintxos bars.
The boats docked on Fishermen’s Harbour.
Towering over Playa Concha is Mount Urgull. The hike to the summit is supposed to be spectacular. We don’t normally pass up a hiking oppotunity, but we didn’t feel like veering off our “pintxos, beach, repeat!” program.
And beside, it’s snack time…….
Pintxos for snack!
After snack time, we went around town to explore and to burn off the pintxos.
For dinner, we happily hopped back to the Old Quarter — for pintxo bar hopping !
Our first pintxo bar stop for the night. This is how it works at a pintxo bar. You tell the bar tender which pintxos you want. You can get several pintxos at a time and go back for as many helpings as you want. Each pintxo is priced differently. When you’re pintxo-satisfied you can ask the bartender for your bill. You’d be amazed that without recording how many or which pintxos you had, the bartenders would remember.
My vegetarian pintxos at our second bar for the night. Some bars serve all kind of pintxos. Some specialized in certain kind of pintxo like vegetarian or seafood.
After several pintxo helpings, we enjoyed a strolled around the Old Quarter and to burn off you know what.
Street in the Old Quarter at night.
After some walking, we stopped by at another bar for another pintxo helping:)
We then headed to Zurriola Beach to enjoy the night scene…
It’s lunchtime, guess where we’re heading? Yes, it’s a delicious cycle.