Bordeaux - San Sebastian
Our drive from Bordeaux to San Sebastian was straightforward. Likewise, finding our pension was simple. However, getting our mammoth beast of an automobile to the designated car park was a tad more complex thanks to the many one way streets of San Sebastian. Oh well, two out of three isn't so bad!
We were greeted very warmly by the hotel staff and asked about some good local lunch options. We were directed to a nearby restaurant/bar, Ramuntxo Berri (Peña y Goñi 10, Donostia-San Sebastián), with a set two-course lunch menu. Thanks to some excellent miming by the waitress we soon realised we could choose from a chicken, beef or fish main. Umm...we'll take all of the above, thanks!
Our delicious lunch consisted of an entrée and main each, beers, coffees and one dessert. The cost per head for all this? €10! Highly recommended for travellers to the region.
Bellies full, we headed into the heart of this city, Basque-ing (okay, baaaad pun!) in the day's sunlight. What an historic, beautiful place!
As we approached the famed Playa de la Concha, we were blown away by its beauty and by the buzz of people enjoying themselves. This was one of the more stunning beaches we visited in Europe and certainly the one that most reminded me of our beautiful beaches in Australia.
We spent quite some time at the beach, soaking up some late afternoon rays and watching people play paddleball. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly - a great way to rejuvenate after some long drives!
During our walk back to our pension, we couldn't resist but stop for some ice-cream. Initially we had planned to go pintxos bar hopping, but after a few beers, nibbles and games of cards, we decided to postpone until the following night.
After our first day in San Sebastian, the city quickly became (and remains) a "must return" destination for my beloved and I.