Our itinerary started off by flying into Bilbao, and arriving in the early evening. We bought tickets to the Guggenheim for the next morning and ended up spending 5 hours there. The building itself, is designed by Frank Gehry and is incredible in it of itself, and the Bill Viola retrospective was on display which held our attention for a very long time, while we waited for the rain to stop. I highly recommend getting tickets in advance, as you won’t have to wait in line in the rain if that should be the case, which apparently it rains all the time there. We had reservations for dinner that night at Martin Berasategui, so we hoped on a bus to San Sebastian to check into our Air bnb. The four of us headed out for a pretty insane dinner, that ended being a 4 hour long, 14 course dinner, that we all wanted to explode after! Haha!
I did not photograph any of these things, as I like to start my trips off slowly, before diving into photo mania. I’m glad I did, since my photos of dinner, would be sort of boring for you, but it was definitely an experience worth having. San Sebastian is known for it’s very serious culinary scene, as it has more michelin rated restaurants per capita, than anywhere else in the world. This is all to say, you really can’t go wrong there. San Sebastian is known for its pintxos, which is the Basque take on tapas. We also learned that the regional wine they are known for is txakoli, which is very similar to vino verde from Portugal. Overall, it was extremely lovely, and if you tell anyone you are going there, they will be green with envy! It is the gold standard of European vacation destinations. I knew it was a well loved region, but did not realize how much love Europe feels for this little region. I think our favorite part of this trip, was hiking up the hillside, to the top of the Jesus statue, where you can get a really nice view of the city. Most of my photos are from that day. One thing I will say, is that there we quite a few older people out and about, dressed to the nines, and it was a very refreshing site to see so many seniors out living their best life. Below are links to things we enjoyed.
Bilbao To Do:
Eat Drink San Sebastian:
Drinka Really cute restaurant/bar. Delicious hidden spot, not in the center of town, was my favorite, and close to our Air bnb.
Martin Berasategui Epic 14 course tasting menu, make reservations, months in advance.
La Cuchara de San Telmo Was crazy, but we enjoyed it.
La Cepa The best pintxo bar we went to!! The bar tender was a sweetheart!
After our visit to San Sebastian, we took the train down to Madrid, for a couple of nights, and I have a few fun tips!