Drive just over 200km south-west from my home in Bordeaux and you arrive in Donostia, more commonly known as San Sebastián. A truly vibrant, picturesque and historical city, which impressed me with it’s cosmopolitan feel and rather vast dimension. San Sebastián is in the Basque Country (officially called Euskadi): an autonomous “community” located in the top left corner of the Iberian Peninsula, known for strong cultural traditions, a celebrated cuisine and a distinct language that pre-dates the Romance languages.
The diversified yet harmonious architecture made me feel like I was walking through quarters of Rome, Paris and Barcelona simultaneously, and the fact that San Sebastián is perched on the Atlantic brings a tangible energy. Exploring a new city after not having left my own country for over a year due to the virus was uplifting, and as you’ll see below I seized every opportunity to capture the photogenic sights. It would be a delight to live there if you ask me!
An overnight stay has left me keen to return to enjoy more of San Sebastián, and curious to learn more about the Basque origins. I also look forward to trying out the coastline’s most popular sport (surfing) and to discover the many gems that the Basque region still has to offer.