San Sebastian Travel Blog› entry 22 of 27 › view all entries
May 23rd, 2010 – by: quinnkim
We caught the train to San Sebastian this afternoon. We purchased some snacks and beers since it is a 6 hour train and we had a wonderful time relaxing, reading and munching on the train.
The scenery between Madrid, in the center of Spain, and San Sebastian, on the northern Atlantic coast, is beautiful. We started out with lots of farmland, but quickly entered the hills and mountains of the Rioja and then the Basque regions and saw lots of beautiful mountains, rivers and small towns. No matter how small the town there was always a giant cathedral poking out of the middle of town, it was great!
We arrived in San Sebastian just after sunset. When you leave the train station you cross over the river and head into the old town. The river after sunset looked beautiful, it was still sparkling and lined with beautiful old buildings it was a great sight to greet us.
San Sebastian is in the heart of the Basque region. The Basque region is made up of Basques who are said to be the oldest race of people in Europe with descendants going back to the Cro-magnum man. The have their own unique culture and language and are fighting for independence from Spain and France. The terrorist group ETA has committed many acts on behalf of Basque independence.
San Sebastian is known as the Rio of Spain because it sits on a small bay in the Bay of Biscayne and on the hill overlooking town is a giant statue of Jesus, similar to the statue that overlooks Rio. The bay is gorgeous, the water is so clear and very blue. There is a huge fishing industry in San Sebastian and it is also a culinary capital with more Michelin-starred restaurants that any other city in Spain.
We checked into our hotel and immediately went for some tapas. Right next to our hotel was a great tapas place known for their mussels and calamari. We immediately ordered the Tigres, the super spicy mussels. So far the food in Spain has been very boring and plain so we were excited for something spicy. We keep forgetting that we live in Colorado and eat chilis all the time. The Tigres were delicious, but not at all spicy. They did have a nice roasted red pepper sauce on them which was tasty. Next we ordered the Vinagrettes, mussels with a chopped salsa of onion, cucumber and vinegar, also very yummy! We had a few beers with our mussels and some cheesy potatoes and we were set for the night.
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