San Sebastian weekend break with day trips to the Basque Country

San Sebastian weekend break with day trips to the Basque Country


Since the world started shuttering its borders just over a year ago, Spain has certainly been on my mind. Living in Portugal, I’ve always taken for granted that a short drive will deliver me to the cities, mountains, beaches and culinary gems of Spain – and if there is one destination that effortlessly encompasses all of those, it’s San Sebastián.

Last summer, when restrictions eased, a few of us instantly jumped in the car and nipped over the border towards Seville. For four hours we feasted on dish upon dish of tapas, before raiding the local markets and stocking the car with our favourite Spanish treats and tipples.

That has been about the extent of my ‘pandemic-time’ tourist trips, but those scant moments diving into a delicious menu, supping on glasses of Rioja, and soaking up the lively Spanish conversation in the background satisfied my craving – temporarily.

Since then, our chats have never strayed far from Spain as we plan our post-pandemic adventures, and the question that keeps cropping up is ‘when are we getting back to the Basque country?’ – always to the obvious answer, as soon as possible. 

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