Centro Cultural Koldo Mitxelena
Centro Cultural Koldo Mitxelena is a free cultural centre right across from the Catedral del Buen Pastor. Actually, it is a good idea to plan to visit these two sites at the same time, if both of them interest you. The Cultural Centre has a number of installations, including a library and exhibition room, and I believe that the mission of the centre is to focus more on modern art and popular cultural rather than classical works. When I visited San Sebastian, the Cultural Centre has an exhibition of art through video games. It was actually fairly clever – artists used their programming abilities to design videogames that either exposed our sensitivity to violence or the difficulties of running a fast food store or the various stereotypes that underlie popular culture and music. Plus, it was interactive and let you pretend that playing video games was actually a way to broaden your knowledge of modern art. This is not a heavily frequently exhibition centre either, so if you’re looking to do something in order to escape the crowds, the Cultural Centre might be a good idea.
Playa de la Concha
Hard to miss as it's right in the center of town, the playa (beach) is a great place to relax. The water isn't rough at all, there is plenty of beach, and if you can't afford a room to stay in, it's a nice place to sleep too.
This is the "parte vieja" old town of San Sebastian. They are narrow streets where you could eat the famous pintxos, a little snacks of every kind.
At the background of the picture you could see San Vicente's Church
"Spanish or Basque?"
A very chic seaside town. We stayed about half hours drive along the coast at a little town called Hondarribia. San Sebastian is a place to stroll along the sea wall or sit and watch the world go by. There are some very glamorous shops and hotels but also some very quaint little streets.
Climb the steep hill to the statue of christ and get a fantastic view of the town and beaches.
Quite a climb in the sun to get to this statue, but worth the view
Food Feast at Zuberoa
"The New Basque Revolution is Cuisine Estupendo"
The chefs are now fighting each other toe to toe, whisk to whisk, toque to toque... there are now at least 5 multi starred restaurants in San Sebastian. Several years ago I had a very memorable meal at Akalare. This last trip I indulged on the patio at Zuberoa. We had early 8:30 reservations but we had the table for the evening.
"The Gastronomic Menu"
They should come up with a better name. It sounds like you have an ailment. I wanted it all and didn't really care whether I deserved it or not. So I ordered it, and a bottle of Ochoa 1999 Cabernet to wash it down. The starter for everyone was a truffle infused cream soup. Very tasty. fortunately we had the cava to wash it down. They brought the first tasty dish, marinated tuna blinis, green apple jelly and mustard ice cream. Three different taste sensations you could eat separately or mix and match. Then for the spring onion, cabbage and crispy Norway lobster tartlet.
"Out of cava, pour the cabernet and course 3"
After they swept away the few crumbs left of my lobster tartlet, the seafood and pumpkin vichyssoise was placed before me. Absolutely the first time I have ever had seafood and pumpkin. Will have to try it at home. Then came the poached egg, truffled chicken juice, celery and crisps. Quite a combination, but fun to eat, especially with the crisps.
"The demise of the 1999 Ochoa Cabernet"
Panic sets in. Midway through this fine cuilinary decadence, our bottle ran dry. Fortunately it was inexpensive and I ordered another. The waiter showed up apologetically with a 1997 as they were out of the 1999, but the same price, 22 euro. It will have to do. But the 1997 was no match for the 1999. When the waiter asked my opinion, I was honest. There was no charge for the 1997... Very cool. Next dish was the Squid and Iberian bacon in a fish stock. I took in the bouquet and thoroughly enjoyed this dish. Next was hake in a red wine sauce on a bed of olive cream. Ok, but not as scrumptious as everything before hand.
"Choices, choices, choices"
Roast suckling pig with cumin seeds or Rosemary roast pigeon. I have never been a flying rat fan to little piggy that went to market it was. Crispy on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside.