Even the toilets have a siesta!!!!
Doesn't matter where you are in the world, taking snaps of loos can get a photographer into trouble and joins the list of taboo places to photo - like military establishments, government installations and Sheiks palaces, but then again there must be loos in those places too.
Seems that most of Spain shuts down for siesta - well after all the late nights (dinner starts at 9pm), hard drinking and then up early to start work before the real heat of the day kicks in, suppose siesta is a necessary part of life in Spain.
The toilets at the San Sebastian water front are very (excuse the pun) convenient when watching the fishing boats come and go, or close enough to be used when visiting the old quater - but watch out for siesta time.
The outside of the loos is a convenient place for political slogans - gives the loo user something to think about while answering the call of nature, but what I found amazing is the opening hours 10.00 - 14.00 then 16.00 - 20.00 - see, even loos have a siesta.
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Another year with bi waves
If you park the car at the 'Paseo Berria-Paseo Nuevo', you have to be sure that the weather in the sea is good. Nowadays, when there are big waves the local police do not allow passing to the Paseo Berria by car. But it is really dificult to park the car in Donostia....
attacks on buildings
You might see buildings splattered in red and yellow paint whilst walking around town. I was in close proximity to an attack and whilst I didn't feel personally threatened be aware that it does happen. I presume it was the work of ETA.
ETA and the Basque Nationalist Movement
San Sebastian is a very safe town. It's a very clean town. Late at night, as with every place in the world, be aware of where you're going, but don't think that you're going to be mugged and stabbed in San Sebastian.
One thing to be aware of is the Basque nationalist movement. Throughout San Sebastian you will see posters and spray paintings related to Basque autonomy. Don't be frightened by these. You may also run into a march, protest, or gathering. Don't worry, these don't get violent unless the Central Government decides to break them up forcefully.
There is a "terrorist" organization active in the Basque Country called ETA. Their goals are the creation of a more autonomous, if not independent, Basque Country. All of their targets and actions are political. You, as a tourist, will not be harmed by ETA.
Could you get hurt because of the political situation? Yes. If you provoke the violence by disturbing a protest or march. Or if you engage the Civil Guard who is breaking up one of these gatherings. But, the fact is, care is taken to not harm those not related to the situation. I recommend doing some research about both sides views of the situation. Read as much as you can about the situation before you go.
But do not be affraid. Feel very safe. Be smart, but don't feel threatened.
San Sebastian is,...
San Sebastian is, unfortunately, an important point of Basque nationalism. Politics aside, you may encounter occassional manifestations of extremism such as marches, police charging and such. I believe the chances of you suffering from this are slim and should't keep you away from visiting this wonderful city
ETA is very active here. You can see a lot of graffiti on the walls. Two days before we came in Donostia, one girl was killed by mistake trying to put explosive under one car.
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