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San Sebastian, the Enchanting Culinary Capital of the Basque Country - Al Fresco Holidays


San Sebastian, with its perfect sandy beaches, panoramic view points, picturesque old town and bar after bar serving mouthwatering Pintxos, is an essential Basque experience for all Al Fresco customers coming to stay in the Aquitaine region next summer.

Only an hours drive from La Sylvamar campsite, divert along the beautiful West French coast and watch your surroundings change from French to Spanish. There is plenty of safe, accessible and affordable parking in central San Sebastian, leaving your car only a short distance from the old town and tourist office.

San Sebastian boasts some of the best city beaches in Europe, its wide sandy shoreline make for perfect sun bathing spots from May through to September. For surf enthusiasts, the Aquitaine coast prides it self on having the best waves in the continent, hosting a round of the most prestigious surfing competition, the ‘Ripcurl Pro’.

When it gets to lunch time, head to one of the hundreds of Pintxos bars lining the streets of the old town. Pintox is a delicious cuisine, originating from the Basque country. Similar to Spanish tapas, it is named after the spike or toothpick which holds it together. Take yourself on a ‘tavern crawl’, tasting a selection of many types of Pintox which overflow on every counter top  accompanied with a chilled glass of local sangria or a sharp expresso. From fresh peppers stuffed with moist tuna, to cheesy croquettes and fluffy quiche, Pintxos is a social dish which friends and family can enjoy together.

After lunch take a stroll along the beach, taking in the fantastic architecture lining the sea front and making your way to the Funicular (cable car) at the foot of the Monte Igueldo. From the top there is an incredible panoramic view of San Sebastian, the surrounding mountains and beyond that, the French coast. In high season there is a traditional fun fair and ‘Casa de Terror’ to entertain the kids, whilst mum and dad can enjoy a drink or pastry from the hill top café.

San Sebastian has become a legend for its culinary depth, but spend the day here and you will be blown away by its beautiful sea front, enchanting old town and the friendly Basque people.

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