Plaza Carlos Blanco...
Plaza Carlos Blanco de Imaz. 20003 San Sebastian. Tel.: +34 943440099. 1.200 ptas. (kids 600 ptas.) 10:00-20:00h. www.aquariumss.com
More than 5000 fishes, sharks, turtles, octopus and a transparent tunnel
LA VENEZIANA Ice Creams...
LA VENEZIANA Ice Creams Cafe
c/Garibay, 4. Tel.: 943 422 116.
Delicious ice-creams, milk shakes and horchata (a typical spanish drink made out of milk) or leche merengada (milk with cinammon and sugar). A nice place to fresh up after a summer day!
The Aquarium is considered to be part of the Monte Urgull complex, although it is pretty much at sea level along the Paseo Nuevo. I didn’t go into the Aquarium – it’s not that I don’t find aquariums interesting, I’m just cheap and didn’t want to pay 10 euro. From what I read, the Aquarium has an impressive fish walkway, where you walk through a glass enclosed space surrounded by the various sea creatures. There are also various historical exhibits included in the set up.
The Ensanche Cortazar is one of the two extensions that San Sebastian underwent in the latter part of the 19th century. The other one is now called Gros, after the architect who designed it, and is located on the opposite side of the Urumea. It was intended to incorporate many of the same sorts of Modernist characteristics that have made Barcelona so famous, and are also found in the Ensanche in Bilbao. Today, the Ensanche is a chic shopping and residential area with a good number of pensions and hotels, as well as more modern stores. Indeed, it is likely in this area, rather than in the older areas, that you are to feel truly immersed in the Belle Époque splendor for which San Sebastian is so famous.
The Greatest Place On Earth
"Culture, Leisure, and a Beach (or three)"
Donostia (San Sebastian) is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It was the summer home of Spain's royalty; it sits in the heart of the Basque Country (ignore all negative press you hear about the Basque); and, of course, it has one of the best beaches in the world.
Euskal Herria (the Basque Country) in the northern part of Spain is wet. It rains a lot, and it rains all year round. It doesn't really snow, and the summers tend to be cooler in temp (not this summer - 2003 - because of the heat wave that hit Europe), but be prepared for rain.
The Basque aren't from Andalucia. The easy-going, party, joking nature of those from the south of Spain doesn't describe the Basque. The Basque, historically, have been rural people. They're hard working and always keep their word. They are also a culture older than the rest of Spain. They speak their own language, and have customs different from the rest of Spain (including the best food in Spain). But don't get me wrong, they aren't boring, workaholics. They party, and they party good. Whether it be fine dining, bars, dance clubs, or what ever, you can find it in San Sebastian and the Basques will be there enjoying it with you.