Spain Snippets: San Sebastian

7 Jul

I have to admit: I had never heard of San Sebastian before this trip started. Because of Jeannie’s insistence that we go to this small town in northern Spain close to the border of France, we found a jewel of a place that has it all: the best food in Spain/Europe/quite possibly the world, friendly pedestrian walk streets, easy bike paths throughout the city, and picturesque beaches. It truly is a wonderful city and we immediately knew we would return someday.

San Sebastian is only a 6-hour bus ride from Madrid through the Spanish countryside. Notice I say “only”, as by this time we’ve been accustomed to long airplane flights, boat rides, train rides, you name it. The Spanish transport system (Alsa buses and RENFE trains) is comfortable and on time, unlike pretty much everything in Asia. The bus even had wifi!

One notable thing about San Sebastian is its huge network of bike lanes and bike-friendly culture. We rented bikes for a day and rode around town. We went along the beach, through the high school and college area, and finally back through a long bikes-only tunnel that looked like something you’d see on the Matterhorn in Disneyland.


The food in San Sebastian is fantastic to say the least. It’s also easy to figure out what to order. At all the tapas bars, the food is laid out on the counter and you simply pick up what you want to eat and pay per number of dishes you’ve had. The food ranges from simple bacon and mushrooms on a stick to smoked squid with a lime shooter and fancy biscuit. We tapas bar-hopped the first night and easily found our favorite to be Bar Zeruko. The range of culinary dishes here is truly amazing! Anthony Bourdain even said that besides Vietnam one of his favorite places to eat is in Sebastian. This is because they have the highest concentration of top ranked restaurants, so there’s no room for error.



There’s more to share from San Sebastian, so stay tuned!




5 Responses to “Spain Snippets: San Sebastian”

  1. Christina July 7, 2012 at 9:08 PM #

    I’m confused. Jeannie wrote this post? I totally thought it was Jerry! You’re referring to yourself in third person now? “Because of Jeannie’s insistence…”

    Spain! *swoooooooon*

    • Jeannie July 8, 2012 at 1:49 AM #

      Oh we always collaborate on posts so it ends up being a blend of our writing. I probably I started the post on my phone which defaults the author as me. Too lazy to change it! 🙂

  2. Herman Au July 8, 2012 at 1:04 PM #

    2nd time i heard about San Sebastian in a month… now I want to go too.. 🙂

    • Jeannie July 8, 2012 at 1:31 PM #

      When you guys are ready to travel with kids, go for it! It’s pretty family friendly with the exception of the high tourist prices. Lots of strolling opportunities along the beach and the cobblestoned streets.

  3. Uncle Raymond July 8, 2012 at 8:51 PM #

    Sounds wonderful. Got to put it on our list of places to go.

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