Monday’s Travel Photos – San Sebastian, Spain

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San Sebastian is an attractive city in the north west of Spain on the Bay of Biscay, 20 K from the French border in the Basque Country. Known as Donostia in Basque, it has an old part that mainly dates back to the 19th century when the town was rebuilt after being destroyed in 1813 during the Napoleonic wars. Its main appeal is its incredible location which can be seen best by mounting Urgull Hill on which the ruins of Napoleon’s military fortress still stand. Its second attraction is its ambiance of small bars serving pintxos (not as good as Barcelona though) and many cultural events. I was impressed by how many people of every age joined in the paseo in the late afternoon sun.

Square on Alameda Boulevard just outside the old part of San Sebastian

Typical Square on Alameda Boulevard just outside the old part of San Sebastian 

Typical street in the old part of San Sebastian

Typical street in the old part of San Sebastian

Constitution Square - the numbers on the windows are a reminder of when it used to be an arena

Constitution Square – the numbers on the windows are a reminder of when it used to be an arena

Church in the old part of town

Church in the old part of town

The fishing port from Urgull Hill

The fishing port from  Mount Urgull

View as you climb Urgull Hill

View as you climb up Mount Urgull

View as you climb down Urgull Hill

View as you climb down the other side of Mount Urgull

Soaking up the sun at a little bar at the end of the day

Soaking up the sun at a little bar at the end of the day

Having a drink on the waterfront

Relaxing on the waterfront

Paseo time along the waterfront

Paseo time along the waterfront

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