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Malkorbe Kalea, 5, 20808 Getaria, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Arriving to Getaria can be done by bus, but one of the most unforgettable parts of visiting this village is approaching (or exiting) it by the sidewalk that winds along the sea. Depending on the time of year, you will have endless views of a calm...
Mundaiz Kalea, 14, 20012 San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, Spain
Once a month, entrepreneur and fashionista Ane Etxebeste makes her online store, Kiluka Miluka, a tangible reality. This e-shop pops up in stores across the city. To keep up with the whereabouts of their unique and original designs (everything...
Garibai Kalea, 8, 20004 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Hakei began as a single boutique, but in the last five years has expanded rapidly, even crossing Spanish borders. The secret to its success? Gorgeously simple leather bags, supremely gorgeous shoes that tend toward the suede-leather persuasion,...
Narrica Kalea, 1, 20003 San Sebastián, Bizkaia, Spain
Montes + Mugica is a furniture studio and clothing store that devotes itself to good, clean taste. It's been in the family for generations, but each generation has brought a new style to the shop. The young brothers José and Javier bring a...
Hernani Kalea, 27, 20004 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Loreak Mendian is the epitome of youthful Basque couture for the people. Carefully designed, shying away from trends and focusing on classic cuts and prints with a bit of 'edge', their clothing walks a lovely line between wearable art and...
C/ Fermín Calbetón 9, 20003 San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, Spain
If you're in San Sebastián to eat, chances are you'll be wanting to eat Pimientos de Gernika and Guisantes Lágrimas long after your trip is over. Semillas Elosegui is a classic stop in the Old Part of San Sebastián, and they have seeds for all of...
Puerto Deportivo Zona Técnica Nave 5, 20280 Fuenterrabía, Guipúzcoa, Spain
For less than two euros, you can spend the afternoon in another country. If you need a break from Hondarribia, or have an intense craving for some stinky cheese, you can catch the ferry. This tiny boat pulls out every 30 minutes, and after a...
Plaza de Armas, 14, 20280 Hondarribia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Whether you're looking for coffee or a warm bed, the Parador of Hondarribia is your place. The thick stone walls of this 10th century building will have you feeling historical. The interior is splendid, as is to be expected from a hotel in the...
Riomaggiore SP, Italy
Hiking the Cinque Terre is an extraordinary way to explore the Ligurian Coast. Five villages connected only by hiking trail and rail with breathtaking coastal views and colorfully quaint villages. The trails can be challenging at times and it is...