when friends get married abroad, it’s always a great opportunity to go out and explore new places and meet new people. Hence we we’re super exited when our friends told us they were going to get married in San Sebastian in the North of Spain. Bags were packed and flights were booked and off we went.
Once we arrived in Santiago De Compostela we picked up the rental car and headed south towards the coast. After a quick lunch-break we to Fragas do Eume National Park. The park is quite large so we rented some bikes for the afternoon. The Monastery of San Xoán de Caeveiro on the top of the mountain in the centre of the park is definitely worth a visit and a great vista point over the park.
We got up early the next morning to catch the early morning swell on the ocean. After some quick breakfast pancakes we headed off to the beach to get boards and wetsuits. The waves were nice an broke quite evenly, just about right as I hadn’t been surfing in a while. After a few hours in the water we got pretty tired to we returned the boards, packed the car and moved on.
The next stop was As Catedrais Beach. It’s quite a picturesque location, right at the ocean with gigantic limestone arcs that are quite impressive. However it is very busy and there are a lot of people. You have to pre-register your visit online (free of charge), also check the tide timetable as the beach is only accessible at low tide.
On the next day we hadn’t really planned anything, so we just drove along the cost and stopped whenever there was a nice vista point or deserted beach. The stone arch at Playa de la Huelga was probably one of the prettiest that day, we had the beach almost all for ourself. Near our accommodation was Playa La Tallada which faces west and therefore is perfect for sunset.
On the next day we headed inland towards the more mountainous regions of Northern Spain. Mirador del Naranjo De Bulnes has a small cafe with an amazing view over the valley. Roads are quite steep but totally worth a visit.
On our way back down we accidentally stumbled upon Puente la Jaya, an old stone bridge carved into the valley over a river. As the midday heat was slowly getting to us the quiet shade underneath the bridge was the perfect spot to relax. The water comes straight from the summits of the mountains and is freezing cold. We stayed almost the whole afternoon.
Another great spot is Jesters of Arenillas, a steep cliff thats covered with caves and arches. Probably not the safes location but it’s a lot of fun climbing and exploring the holes and dens.
The next morning we got up early to catch the sunrise at Mirador del faro de Cabo Mayor. It’s a much photographed scene and quite a popular spot, however it turned out we were the only ones willing to get up that early.
For the night we had booked an AirBnb in Zumaia, a little town right at the sea. However parking was quite tricky and the beaches were quite busy that afternoon. So we just walked along the cliffs until we found a quiet spot where we could sit, eat and watch the sunset.
The next day we drove to Hondarribia where we met up with out friends. It’s a really cute an picturesque town, perfect for a relaxed stroll. We hiked up to Guadalupeko Baseliza from where you have an absolutely incredible view. Not far from there is Mirador coma Jaizkibel, another great vista point over the Basque Country. Probably one of my favourite sunset on the whole trip.
The next day we got up early again for a sunrise stroll through Hondarribia before moving on to San Sebastian. The colourful houses and small alleys combined with the calm and quiet of the morning was a very nice and peaceful experience.
We arrived in San Sebastian just around lunch time. After a quick snack we decided to explore the Old Town on a small peninsula right in the centre of the city. Considering that it was quite a busy week the old town was really quiet. And even thou it’s constantly uphill there’s shade from trees and a nice breeze from the ocean. The view over San Sebastian from the top is incredible, definitely worth the effort.
There’s a cafe called Old Town Coffee not to farm from the old town and the beach. They do fantastic coffee and food, perfect for an afternoon snack or breakfast.
I’m gonna spare you the details of the wedding the next day, but needless to say we had an absolutely incredible time in San Sebastian. Big thanks to our hosts for such a fun weekend.