TOP 10 of 2016 – San Sebastian

As the year 2017 is just around the corner, we decided to see how was the year 2016. Well, it was wonderful! We started the Travelers Child and we put our traveling to whole new level. We spent most of this year traveling and exploring not only different places, but different foods, different cultures, met a lot of new great people and just had one of the best years of our life. It’s hard to sum up everything and put it all into perspective, but we decided to do exactly that. And what’s a better way than just to look back and think which places we enjoyed the most. Though it’s a difficult task, as we enjoyed every single moment, this also is a very pleasant objective. We hope that you will enjoy this trip down our memory lane as much as we did!

So allow us to introduce you, Dear Reader, to our No. 2, which is:

San Sebastian (Spain)

San Sebastian

It is a city in the Northern Spain, just 20 kilometers away from France. It is located on the shores of Bay of Biscay in the autonomous community of Basque, and surrounded by charming mountains. The most significant of them which also carefully envelopes the city are mounts Igueldo, Urgull and Ulia. Personally we were totally fascinated by the first one, and, in addition to this, we spent a night in the hotel at the top of Igueldo – this was a decision of the road trip. Why? Because Igueldo had everything we could have dreamed off. Cliffs, ocean, waves, other mountains in the horizon, panoramic view of the city and the beach, funicular, and even a retro looking Amusement Park – everything were there.

Anyway, city center isn’t a disappointment either.  From the spot where Mont Igueldo meets the ocean starts a wonderful promenade which leads to the heart of the old town. We promise that you will love every part of this long path. Well, if you like the same things as we do, of course.  Because we loved ever meter while walking accompanied by the ocean through a cherished coastline with beautiful squares and parks, beach and the view of other mountains in front.

Moving forward, there is rich city’s old town awaiting for every wanderer. It brought us a lot of good emotions both day and night. Here every wanderer will have a chance to taste the things that San Sebastian is famous – pintxo, or Basque-type of tapas. Every restaurant, pub, or bar has all the bar table blanketed in various types of snacks that locals or tourists can choose from. To be fair, when we entered first pub in the city, we even thought that we found ourselves in the private buffet. Because we didn’t understand what is happening with everyone easily taking snacks from the bar, while we were choosing from the menu. However, not long after our dinner we were enlightened about these local celebrities. Due to this new knowledge, our breakfast next morning was awesome!

What L. has to say about San Sebastian

Place on L’s list: 3

I have heard a lot of great things about San Sebastian since I was little. My brother who used to be traveling really A LOT around Europe back then, visited this spectacular city for 4 or 5 times, and each of them he returned with a bouquet of wonderful emotions. Actually, it was him who told us to go straight to Mount Igueldo and try to book a room there. And it really was a choice of whole road trip1.

Considering the fact that we came to this city in the early February and stay during the rainy weather, and the fact that we were completely fascinated by it means that visiting San Sebastian on the summer time would probably blow our minds away.  To be fair, I can’t avoid swearing and thinking ‘Damn!! how awesome this city is! every time I see San Sebastian’s pics on the internet. And this is because I know that it looks even cooler in reality.

Anyway, in addition to its wonderful geographical location2, San Sebastian charms by its streets and promenades rich in elegancy, architectural and cultural richness, and unique beauty. Actually, I got totally enchanted by such a small details like white street lamps that I made a dozen pics of them and bought a pin and magnet with them.  For me, San Sebastian is a totally fulfilled city – from the lamps and fences to extraordinary beautiful geographical location, from variety of uniquely tasty snacks, to rich city squares and parks.

All in all, I think that San Sebastian is the city that can meet everyone’s interest. You can go hiking and exploring nature, you can go sunbathing and surfing, you can go shopping or exploring region’s awesome cuisine, you can just get lost in the amazing streets, squares and parks.

And, finally, I bet that if we had visited it during the summertime, it would be even higher on my TOP10. 

What P. has to say about San Sebastian

Place on P’s list: 2

When travelling during rainy and cold February you get used to not setting your expectations too high – the weather really messes everything up. But San Sebastian was wonderful despite the fog and little rain.

We went straight to Mount Igueldo and the view of San Sebastian from up there was just spectacular. As we settled in our hotel, the weather became considerably much better and we were able to go for a walk down this hill towards the city.

As we were on the lower part of the city, what I really loved the most was the wonderfully built sidewalk by the sea. I used to love a one like this in Gijon (Spain), but this one was even more beautiful and enjoyable.

For the finale we went to the, what I imagine was, the old-city and had an amazing bowl of fried squids with beer. Later on we also met a very friendly local old-man, who told us a lot of fun stories and helped us to find our way to the taxis.

It was a very memorable stay, which left me with a lot of wonderful emotions and a wish to come back to this city during summer. If it was so awesome during February, I can’t even imagine what it’s like during the warm season!


Despite the fact that we went to this place during not the best weather it left us with an amazing memories. San Sebastian is just magical. The bay, the beach, the mountains.. It really seems like a paradise on Earth.

We really hope that we’ll be able to visit this place during summer, so we would experience to its fullest and then, we believe, that it could climb up right to the top.

Rest of the TOP 10

1. Praia da Ursa (Portugal)
2. San Sebastian (Spain)

3. Saxon Switzerland (Germany)
4. Porto (Portugal)
5. Amsterdam (Netherlands)
6. Gent (Belgium)
7. Gerberoy (France)
8. Durbuy (Belgium)
9. Mont Saint-Michel (France)
10. Colmar (France)

  1. Which was quite long – 4500 kilometers, 7 days, 5 countries.
  2. The fact that it is located like a shelf in between the mountains and the ocean.