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PERFECT day in SAN SEBASTIÁN Basque Country

PERFECT day in SAN SEBASTIÁN Basque Country

¡Aquí están! ¡Aquí están! Oh Oooohhhhh Good morning, guys. It’s 8 am. We are going to spend the perfect day in Donosti, San Sebastian. And that begins at Playa Zurriola with a surf session out in Gros. We’re meeting up with our friends from Pukas Surf Shop. Aitor and Dama are going to get us some boards. And then we’re going to hop in the ocean and start this day off right. Yeah, there are some waves, man. It’s going to be fun. [Vamos] Nothing like the smell of a surf shop in the morning. [Laughs] Got this nice little Pukas 5’8″ pintail. The wave here can be difficult. There’s a lot of current. A little bit more foam is always a good call. We’re suited, booted, and headed to the water. Oh yeah. Thank you for a fun, little session.. Ok chicos. – Eskerrik asko. Thank you Bye Dama. Agur And now it’s time for a little breakfast. The breakfast of choice for us is a tortilla de patata with a cafe con leche. And the best place is our opinion is Cafe Zabaleta. Bar Zabaleta in Calle Zabaleta. You’re right. That’s what I mean. Let’s go. So guys, you may be confused…… tortilla is not like in Mexico. A tortilla here is eggs, onion, and potato. The reason that this tortilla is so delicious is that it is simple. But it is done with his secret touch. Nobody really knows how he does it, but it’s delicious. It looks like photoshop. The reason these eggs are so yellow is that they use them straight from the caserío and it’s really gooey on the inside. Key points. Breakfast completed. Couple key points about the city: First things first, the name: San Sebastián In Spanish, Donostia. In Basque, both names mean Saint Sebastian, the Christian martyr you can see in front of the main church. One of the coolest things about Donosti is the geography. It’s got three mountains, two bays, one river, and an island with the old town situated on a penisula right in the middle. The heart of the city is the port and the old town, which was a walled, fortified city until it was occupied by Napoleon and then burnt down by the British when they were trying to kick him out in 1813. And now it’s the European Capital of Culture for 2016 And after having traveled all over the world, it’s still our favorite city to come to visit. We’ve just made it up and over the back side of Monte Urgull, and we’re coming down on the ocean-facing side. It’s beautiful back here, you guys. Nobody ever comes back here. It’s a temperate rain forest. There are ferns everywhere. It’s nice and cool You’re in the trees.There are birds chirping. And there’s a cool, little graveyard We’ll swing by there out on the Paseo Nuevo around the point of Monte Urgull and back to the old town for lunch. We’re in the English cemetery, which I think is a pretty cool place because it’s overlooked by a lot of visitors, but it’s really important to the city’s history. The battle between the English and the French is commemorated every January in La Tamborada Festival which commemorates the day the city was destroyed and then later rebuilt into what it is today. We’re going to head back down to the path, over to the Paseo Nuevo and around to Playa de la Concha. Let’s go. This has to be one of the most picturesque corners in San Sebastian. You have the whole view of Bahia de la Concha. You’ve got the island, and then you have the ocean coming in just taking over these huge chunks of rock. Not to mention all the art work. You have this one here, “Construcción Vacía” by Jorge Oteiza and across the bay you have “El Peine del Viento” the Wind Comb by Eduardo Chillida both Basque sculptors. It’s like the intersection of natural beauty and man-made art that’s really accessible to everyone. Another one of the reasons why Donosti was named Culture Capital of 2016. It really is the cultural capital of the Basque Country, and that extends this year to all of Europe. Well let’s be completely honest, guys. One of the best things to do here is to sit on a bench and chill. People watching is the number one activity in Donosti. I actually think the number one thing to do in Donosti is to eat. But the place we’re going next, you can eat, people watch, and sit in a park. So, Bro. Let’s go to Plaza Gipuzkoa Bideluze. My favorite place. I love this. Can I get some of your goat cheese? One little piece? Post lunch. How you feeling, Brother? Ready for caffeine. Nice. We are going right here to my favorite Bohemian coffee spot, Kohtao. We were lucky enough to run into one of the great personalities of San Sebastian, El Grande P.J. Kahuna If you’re lucky, you come through San Sebastián maybe you’ll find our homie here playing a concert at Koh Tao. We’ve had a nice little lunch. We’ve had some coffee, and now it’s time to head over to Playa de la Concha and hop on some stand-up paddle boards. We’re going to meet up with our buddy Kike and go for a little tour of Bahia de la Concha on a sup. We’re going to grab some stand-up paddles, and then we’re going to head out to the island. It’s a nice little paddle. And I think we’re bringing some beers. Yes. Vamos. Apparently two dolphins just showed up here in the bay. We’re going to go see if we can check them out without spooking them too much. We told you this is going to be the perfect day in San Sebastián. Look at that, man. We’ve got dolphins. Salud, Kike. Well our stand-up paddle session is over. It’s getting a little late. It’s 8 pm which means it’s time to eat. We’re heading back to the old town… few beers, a couple of bites to eat. It’s going to be dope. Stay with us. We’ve grabbed a couple of friends. We’re heading to the old town, and we’re going to go to one of our favorite pintxo bars, Bordaberri. Bordaberri is a really great place, very highly elaborated pintxos. Good vibe. It’s right on the main party street Fermin Calbetón This city has a ton of Michelin Stars. I think it has the most Michelin Stars of any city in the world, except for Paris. The pintxos are the most accessible way to do it And there are also more bars per square meter than anywhere in the world in the old town. Cheers. Topa! This little beauty right here is a pig’s ear. Basically, “Donostia is la hostia.” [Donostia is the best] We love this place. We hope this video will help show you why we think Donosti is just a great place to visit and deserves to be Capital Culture for the year 2016. How long have you wanted to say Donostia is Donostia? Forever. I say it all the time. It’s my saying. Anyway, guys. It’s been an incredible trip. We have had such an amazing time in the Basque Country. And hopefully our passion for this place has come through these videos and has inspired you to come check it out for yourself. The Basque Country is extremely complex and interesting place. It’s more than we need to explain in simply these videos. If you guys have enjoyed this video, if you’ve enjoyed the series, make sure to give it a fat thumbs-up, share it with your friends, subscribe if you haven’t already because we love you guys. And don’t forget. Big “eskerik asko” to all the Basque Country and to BasqueTour for making this whole trip possible. And in the meantime, stay curious, keep exploring, and we’ll see you guys on the road. Agur.

100 comments on “PERFECT day in SAN SEBASTIÁN Basque Country

  1. He recorrido España casi entera y puedo decir que San Sebastián es una gran ciudad…la más bonita de España con diferencia. Viví allí 8 años. Los vascos gente buena.

  2. I'm from Donostia but I dont really appreciate how beautiful it is :S This video has made me realise a little how amazing it can be, specially in summer

  3. That’s really nice vlog! Can you show also euskal herria at donostia? I’m really curios about there ♥️

  4. Great video! Looking forward to watching the rest of the series and checking out your recommendations on this upcoming trip!

  5. Muchas gracias por hacer este precioso vídeo sobre nuestra preciosa ciudad 😄😄 eskerrikasko 😘😘 (recomiendo la carrillera del bar "la cuchara de san telmo 😄😄😄)

  6. I just took a DNA test with ancestry and was shocked to found out I’m 11% Basque! When I was doing research on Basque Country this video series showed up and I literally binge watched the whole thing! Love it! I’m totally inspired…♥️

  7. Hello.PLEASE ..1 info- i find in google earth one sports place ON the beach there in SAN SABASTIAN-can someone tell me they name or website if they have ? thanks

  8. This is so cool to watch! I have lived here too for 6 months from Aug 2012-Febr 2013 and I loved it so much. Going to plan a next trip since I haven’t been back since then! Thank you for this video!

  9. I can’t get this video over. I lived there 15 years ago. This vlog is just perfect and remids me of my childhood. 💜

  10. This is the video which made me decide to choose Donosti to go study abroad in Europe.
    And I couldn't have made a better choice, I had the time of my life. Thank you guys!!!

  11. Donde estén los jardines de Piquio y la playa del Sardinero, lo demás es todo fachada, sobrevalorado, igual que Barcelona, una auténtica pocilga

  12. San sebastian es bonito arquitectónicamente hablando ..porque no hay nada mas…es racista ,clasista, mas cara imposible, pinchos microscópicos a 3 euros, sin sal sin gracia no hay fiesta, muy pocos supermercados, todo lleno y apestado de güiris tocacojones con malas mañas, un pueblito mas..las donostiarras muy sobradas y creídas, cuando ven a una que destaca y encima de bilbao tuercen el morro..y que decir de los novios que solo pueden girar el iris de los ojos para alegrarse la vista por lo celosas que se ponen esas pijas de nacida en Bilbao la ciudad que no pisais por esa envidia insana que tenéis…tenemos el guggenheim, el palacio euskalduna, un casco viejo original lleno de diversidad, pintoresco, viejo y a veces sucio pero con mucho encanto, lleno de tiendas y comercios locales y a buen precio, tenemos 3 lineas de metro, 2 de EuskoTren desde el kasko de Bilbao nos plantamos en donostia pero en amara que esta a tomar por c*** del centro , 3 de renfe, feve para ir a cantábria, playas y costas vírgenes preciosas , gastronomía tan buena como la vuestra pero a mitad de precio , el estadio de san mames, el athletic, el aste nagusia, fiesta y marcha todos los dias,gente amable y simpática, somos calientes, 3 mercadonas, puertos, el aeropuerto de loiu uno de los mas usados del norte, una ciudad cosmopolita, casi el doble de grande que donostia 120 nacionalidades que conviven en general bien, la universidad de deusto , upv , sarriko, oferta formativa a pares mucho trabajo, GUIRIS artistas y majos…blablabla….

  13. Preciosa ciudad..limpia cultural.tiene de todo.. más monte.. río..mar .buena comida.buenas playas.buena gente..con menos paro que en otras ciudades del país..y premios en gastronomía…
    Si la envidia fuera tiña……

  14. what song is playing at 8:32? Im looking through the artists he credited but im having difficulty. I have a feeling it's lakey inspired?

  15. Please DON'T COME to Donstia please we are sick of massive turism. YOU ARE DESTROYING OUR CITY! PLEASE DON'T COME

  16. Great 9 videos. I really enjoyed them. I think they're dynamic, beautiful and full of interesting topics. You really catched the basque culture. Eskerrik asko!

    As feedback, to improve, I think you should have talked about Portugalete bridge, the first suspended bridge in the history and visited Pamplona for at least one day.

    I understand it's hard to do everything in just one trip, great job and eskerrik asko one more time.

  17. I went to that little cemetery in 2015, it had been vandalised, presumably by a separatist ("Spain" was scored out)

    One of my favourite places to visit.

    Next time you go to North Spain check out Ourense in Galicia, go to the hot springs and take a walk in the woods round there. Excellent craic!

  18. No olvidarse de hablar acerca del ex alcalde pederasta Odón Elorza.Y todo el lío que se ha montado con Kote Cabezudo el fotógrafo que abusaba de menores,la agencia First Models que le llevaba a las niñas menores de edad a Cabezudo y muchas veces pagado con dinero público concedido por Odón Elorza ya que era el ayuntamiento quien financiaba los concursos de modelos en la ciudad,el Ojos Bonitos,etc.

  19. You guys in the video need to come to St Augustine in Florida so you continue your Basque connection here in the U.S…

  20. Best video I ever saw about San Sebastian. Great Bro's. Next time make sure you come and visit me in the mountains. You are mostly invited. Don't spend money for a hotel. Have two great room at the end of the road. Even Google maps can't show you the way. 😃 We just returned to the Basque Country after 18 years for ever ⚰️. For me and my 4 orphan Street dogs the best place on earth, after living in several places around the world. Check us out on Instagram :
    Aguuuur. Greg

  21. San Sebastian or Donostia is considered the most beautiful city in the world alongside with Sevilla. Both cities are amazing.

  22. Thanks guys for the awesome video series. I'll be in the Basque Country in a few days for a wedding and have to find which of your sights to cram into our few days there! I feel quite overwhelmed but am very excited! 🙂 Thanks again. Cheers from Texas.

  23. Te recomiendo la mejillonera, de fiesta por bares, soy de Honduras y vivo en san Sebastián hace 10 años. Gracias por tan bello video.

  24. How did I miss this for so long?? Damn Youtube recommendations!!! I was born and raised in Donosti but been living in Australia, Jamaica, Colombia, US and several other countries, nothing beats my hometown imho, love this video, big thumbs up!

  25. I just got back and it’s such a cool
    Spot. The cheap food and drink is world class. Surf is good and people are friendly. Also an easy drive to Hossegor…another great spot, especially for bikelife

  26. 5:29 Actually, 'La Tamborrada' has a very different origin, being more of a carnival party where some people marched in groups playing drums and other instruments for fun. Sometimes on bad times at night lol. Throught the years (we are talking 20's here) this event got more popular and also serious and ended being the most important party each 20 of January of San Sebastián. These companies roam throught all our city that day.

    The thing you talk about, though, is the August 31th celebration, which was the day the English and Portuguese destroyed and pillaged our city, which is remembered each year by playing 'tamborradas' only in the old part. They also fire fake old rifles and cannons. They even play pipes, is pretty espectacular.

    And, lastly, TODAY, me included, we celebrate the 'Gaztelu Eguna' (Day of the Castle), which commemorates the 'Actas de Zubieta' which had place on september 7 and meant the rebuild and resurrection of our city. To me, the best-party-ever.

    By the way, did you know there are nothing but one of the very, very few cannons left of the 1588 Invincible Armada in Urgull? In excellent shape, nonetheless… and no, it's not the beautiful, huge 'Rosita Wicke' lol.

    Anyway, sorry for the long post, your video was excellent. Thank you!

  27. Excepto Barcelona, que es una ciudad peligrosa tomada por los criminales y los comunistas el resto de España es digno de ver.

  28. My home town… Beautiful! It seemed bias when I said that, thanks for backing up what I always proudly declared! Best place ever. Gora Donosti!

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