For our first wedding anniversary, we flew to San Sebastian which we knew had good food, mountains and ocean. We got exactly what we wanted – we were lucky with the weather as it started to rain when we were on our way to the airport.
The biggest difference I spotted was that San Sebastian is definitely being discovered by the global tourist. Compared to when I first visited this city in 2013 where I felt I was the only Asian tourist, there were plenty of Asian tourists this time around. Some of the restaurant menus even had Japanese translation.
We enjoyed the variety of pintxo, bar hopping our way around until we decided that’s the one pintxo that we wanted to try among the hundreds of variety. It wasn’t the most vegetarian friendly but we enjoyed the many seafood options. In fact, we loved pintxo so much that we cancelled a reservation at a fine dining restaurant intended to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Instead, we opted for going to various pintxo bars after hitting the beach. As I forgot to bring an additional change of t shirt following swimming, I ended up wearing my pajama tee eating pintxo celebrating our anniversary.
We were lucky to be able to get our last fix of swimming in the sea. The Atlantic water was cold but it didn’t deter us. We splashed out on renting a beach shack and chairs (€13) and just swam and rested and swam until it was too cold when the sun came down.
We also took a half day hike to Pasajes de San Juan. The trails wasn’t as well sign posted as Switzerland but we managed to make it. Starting at the east end of Zurriola beach, the path goes uphill and then follows along the coast. It was bliss to walk along the trails, breathing in the fresh air and catching glimpses of the ocean.
When you reach the village Pasajes de San Pedro after a long descend into the habour, you need to take a 3 min boat ride on a small fishing boat (a couple euros) to cross the rivier to reach Pasajes de San Juan. Unfortunately our hike took longer than expected so by the time we got to Pasajes de San Juan, a lot of the restaurants and shops were shut for siesta. We hopped on a bus to make our way back to San Sebastian.
Such an incredible weekend with sun, beach, good food, minimal Spanish and my love. Couldn’t have asked for more!