We started off the morning by walking from the hotel, past Playa de Ondaretta to Comb of the Winds (Peine del Viento or Peine de los Vientos). Since it was pretty hot and it was already 11:58am, we naturally thought a nice ice cold beer was needed during our stroll.
Peine del Viento is a modern iron sculpture by Eduardo Chillida that’s embedded in the rocks at the water’s edge. It’s just west of town and has nice views of the city and the surrounding coastline. I definitely think it’s worth checking out if you’re in town.
After that, we walked to Monte Igueldo, which we had passed on the way to Peine del Viento, and took the funicular up. The funicular is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 10pm and is only a few euros. Monte Igueldo has a nice view of the city, plus Monte Urgull, which we had walked up the day before. The two are must-visits.
On top of Monte Igueldo is also a cute old-school amusement park.
After all that walking and picture-taking, we were pooped and had lunch by Playa de la Concha. It was nice to just sit and relax. Then we headed back to the hotel to change and went to the beach – Playa de la Concha is literally two blocks away from our hotel Tryp Orly, which was nice. Boy was I surprised to see all the topless women and nude men on the beach! It did inspire me to try out the topless thing for a hot minute, but that’s about as much courage I had.
We ended the night with the most amazing meal at 3-star Michelin restaurant Akelaré. It was seriously the best meal I’ve ever had in my life. 8 courses for around 140 euros (a steal compared to other Michelin restaurants in Paris and NYC!) – and they even accommodated my vegetarian request. I would fly back to San Sebastián just to eat here. The handlebar-mustachioed chef also came out and chatted with each table, which was nice. Not to mention, the waiter was pretty hot. I asked Rio if it would be appropriate to ask him if he was on the tasting menu too – hahaha.
Pasao Padre Orcoloaga, 56
20008 San Sebastián