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Igeldo Ibilbidea, 187, 20008 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
It was raining when we arrived in Donostia-San Sebastian, but the skies cleared on our second day, and we rode the funicular railway up Mount Igueldo to take in the view back on the city, La Concha Bay, and the empty beach. The "low" travel season...
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Itzurun, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Some days, things just magically fall into perfection. It's not often do I stumble upon a hidden gem like Itzurun Beach, let alone a town like Zumaia. We were tooling around Basque country on a bluebird July afternoon when we saw, or I should say...
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64250 Espelette, France
Like most of the quaint towns in the Basque country, Espelette is brimming with cultural and culinary riches. Just twenty minutes from the coast and hugged by mountains, this town of 2,000 is best known for the pepper of the same known grown...
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Abandoibarra Etorb., 2, 48009 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain
Modern, mind bending, and mentally interactive, the Guggenheim Museum is one of the must-do experiences of Spain. You could easily spend an hour getting lost in the beauty of the facade, with the monstrous tarantula, the skyscraper of a flowered...
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Donostia-San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa, Spain
When someone tells me they're traveling to Spain and looking for recommendations, San Sebastian (Donostia, in Basque) is my first thought for city destinations in the northern part of the country. It's charming, beautiful, and steeped in history....
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Portua, 20120 Hernani, Guipúzcoa, Spain
The port of Donosti is a great place to stroll, and there are several restaurants lining it to stop for a coffee or some freshly caught fish. The 400 moorings are permanently occupied by everything from small yachts to dinghies. Watch carefully...
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Funikular Plaza, 4, 20008 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
If someone says they can only go to one city in Spain, I would suggest making it San Sebastian. This picture doesn't do it justice. 1 hour flight on Vueling from Barcelona (a pleasant surprise by the way. So clean!) We stayed at Astoria 7 and...
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Reyes Catolicos Kalea, 20006 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
No one is the wrong age for Reyes. This pedestrian street, which stretches south from the cathedral, is lined with bars. They range from classic pintxo spots to a craft beer pub to late-night drinking holes. Perfect for anyone, at any time of day....
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Plaza de Armas, 14, 20280 Hondarribia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Hondarribia, founded in the 13th century, has an incredibly beautiful and well-preserved old part. The perfect after lunch or dinner activity is strolling the streets of the walled city, which feels much more ancient than nearby San Sebastián....
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1, Anoeta Pasalekua, 20014 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
The Real Sociedad football club is the pride and joy of almost everyone from San Sebastián. The most authentic experience you can have, at least in the sporting arena, in San Sebastián is seeing the txuri-urdin (white+blue) play on the home field....
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This group of around 24,000 islands and islets spreads east from the city into the Baltic Sea, with regular ferry service to the bigger, more populous ones. Set aside at least a day or two to explore them if you can: Ask the information office in...