Any hotel/pension/airbnb recs for San Sebastian? I am trying to pull of trip for 4 nights to see La Femme at Dabadaba.
i've stayed in a few of the pensiones in the old town - they vary from v basic and cheap to quite fancy for a little more cash. i wouldn't distrust any of them, if you're in the old town you're surrounded by pintxo bars.
― Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Saturday, 22 July 2017 10:29 (ten months ago) Permalink
I’m reviving all he Spain threads because we’ll be there for two weeks starting Friday. We’re going to Barcelona for the end of the Bowie exhibition and then???
― Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 19 September 2017 06:26 (eight months ago) Permalink
You'll be there at a truly historic moment. So jealous.
Are you planning on staying in and around Barcelona or will you be able to travel around more (rental car?)?
― Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 19 September 2017 09:21 (eight months ago) Permalink
barcelona is the best. can drop a few restaurant recs in if that appeals. how far are you willing to travel in your two weeks? i am not so familiar with the places in the immediate vicinity of barcelona, more with the north or south. depending on what you're into, i would try to see madrid as well, personally. barcelona gets all the hype but madrid imo is not to be missed. many spanish cities have a very distinct character and culture though - that is what makes it such a great country in which to travel.
― Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 19 September 2017 09:36 (eight months ago) Permalink
Our habit is to just rent a car and take off somewhere... Definitely would like to go to San Sebastian and then loop around through Portugal and Andalucía and back up into Barcelona but really we're just letting ourselves wander around for a couple of weeks.
― Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 07:19 (eight months ago) Permalink
i've travelled that route before, i'd recommend it. vigo is v nice. a coruna too and gijon. it's quite a big gap from barcelona to san sebastien so you might want to think of stops along the way. never been to zaragoza but i'd be curious enough. same with pamplona. i dunno, i've ended up really enjoying some places others say are more backwatery, in spain.
biarritz across the border might be worth a day after san sebastien. it's a bit glitzy but it has its charms. bilbao is nice and v close to san seb. guggenheim etc. santander kind of boring imo but you would be passing through if you go along the north coast.
possibly not great weather this time of year, the north coast can be kind of rural and green, reminds me of ireland a little. there are some beautiful and affordable hotels on the cliffs outside gijon, with amazing views and nice paths along the sea into the town. (maybe a few miles' walk)
if you make it to porto the douro valley wine tours can be really good, a boat up the river and a lot of nice little stops along the way.
― Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 08:47 (eight months ago) Permalink
the pamplona old town is lovely to walk about and impressive with the citadel and cathedral, definitely worth a stop, and bilbao is obviously classic
― ogmor, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 09:36 (eight months ago) Permalink
Yeah, Pamplona, Bilbao (Guggenheim) and obv San Sebastian are great. Popping over to Biarritz is a good idea. Following the north coast from San Seb to Bilbao/Bermeo is a delight, wonderful scenery.
Ronan otm, it does look like Ireland at times. The climate makes it one of the greenest areas of Spain. In stark contrast with the heartland around Madrid.
― Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 10:40 (eight months ago) Permalink
Not to contradict any of the above, because it's all good advice, but Seville is one of my favourite places in the world and I will never stop recommending it.
― Tim, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 11:07 (eight months ago) Permalink
i love the south as well - can't disagree with that. and prob good weather in seville at the moment. malaga is underrated also, lovely little city.
― Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 11:17 (eight months ago) Permalink
Seville is beautiful. And so is Cordoba. And Ronda. Man, two weeks just isn't enough.
― Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 11:42 (eight months ago) Permalink
Absolutely love Bilbao. Santander is not too exciting from the little I've seen. My partner's family live nearby but we never go there. Smaller interesting places in that coastal vicinity that I'd personally recommend, moving east to west from Bilbao through Cantabria to Asturias... Castro, Santillana del Mar, San Vicente de la Barquera, Llanes, Ribadesella.
― brain (krakow), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:41 (eight months ago) Permalink
The “no” demonstration outside our hotel right now isn’t nearly as big as it looks on EuroNews. Probably should have read more Graham Greene books...
― Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 1 October 2017 13:40 (seven months ago) Permalink
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― passé aggresif (darraghmac), Sunday, 1 October 2017 16:21 (seven months ago) Permalink
Video of La Femme at Dabadaba for mom tossed in kimchee:
― Peter Miller, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 06:22 (seven months ago) Permalink
^^^god I would have loved to have seen that show! Alas, I could not make San Sebastian logistics work out :( Did a long weekend in Montreal instead, so no La Femme but at least *some* french!
― mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Monday, 16 October 2017 02:00 (seven months ago) Permalink
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