There are very loyal and...
There are very loyal and serious turf (Horse Racing) fans in San Sebastian. Actually, after La Zarzuela (Madrid Horsetrack)closed, San Sebastian remained as the main track and the only with both turf and sand tracks. The racing season is during the summertime and the main race is the 'Copa de Oro' (Gold Cup) raced August 15th every year. The track is quite democratic and no huge differences are noticed between seats. No restaurants are available inside the racetrack but sandwiches are sold at the cantinas and several restaurants and inns are just in front of the parking lot for any pre/after race action.
Isla de Santa Clara
This island is planted slap bang in the middle of Bahia de la Concha. In summer a launch takes visitors from Puerto El Muelle (the port area) to the island for picnics and such. Because of the time of year we didnt get over however.
View at la Concha and Isla de Santa Clara
La Concha is the famous beach of San Sebastian. It means shell and it is named like this because of the shell-shaped form of the bay. In the middle of the bay lays the Isla de Santa Clara.
Behind the beach you can find the Paseo de la Concha promenade where you can walk and enjoy a glass of sidra looking at the old sea side resorts.
Enter Spain through the Basque Country...
San Sebastian, 45 minutes from the French boarder, gives onto the Atlantic ocean.
This city is really popular among french and english people as being the closest one to these countries that offers the charm of Spain and the feasts of spanish nights.
Still, you'd rather not forget that you're in the Basque country, whose people, as well as the ones of Cataluna (the province in which Barcelona is situated) would love to live in an independent province, far from the tutorage of Madrid...