Travel Time: Bilbao + San Sebastián

I am back with another travel post! I don’t do these as often as I’d like to, but since I just came back from a 3-week vacation I figured I’d share the experience with you guys.

Today we’re talking about Bilbao and San Sebastián, two cities in Spain that aren’t the most popular. If you’d like to know more about them, keep reading! 

The first part of my trip was all about exploring Bilbao. And even though I didn’t spend much time there I was able to get to know the city exactly as I wanted to.

One of the biggest things to do in Bilbao is to visit the Guggenheim Museum. To be honest with you, museums are not really my thing. But there was something about this museum that left me wanting more.

The art expositions were unique in the sense that they were more than just traditional oil in canvas. There were a lot of visual art expositions and architectural expositions as well. My favorite exposition was definitely the giant flower dog that they have at the entrance. You guys know what I’m talking about, right? It’s all over Instagram!

I also visited Casco Viejo which is the medieval neighborhood of Bilbao. It’s a very charming and bright neighborhood and there are a lot of tiny shops and cafes where you can enjoy some seriously great food.

If you’re looking for a great selection of delicious Spanish food I recommend Mercado de La Ribera which is a market located in Casco Viejo. It’s full of some of the greatest Spanish dishes and there are a lot of different shops to choose from.

Overall I loved Bilbao as a city. It has some great touristy things to do and it’s great to just walk around and enjoy the spaces around you.

After 2 days in Bilbao I left to San Sebastián in a mini van. The trip was only an hour and a half and I was able to enjoy a very beautiful scenery along the way.

San Sebastián is known for some of the best food in all of Spain, and they did not disappoint. The only drawback is that it was so hard to find a place to eat because everything was super full all the time. So definitely make reservations if you want to eat some delicious food.

One of San Sebastián’s biggest attraction is La Concha beach. It’s beautiful and it’s a great area to hang around. It is a public beach so I found that it was pretty full all the time. And even if you don’t like the beach you can still enjoy a walk along the boardwalk without getting sand on your feet.

There’s also a variety of shops scattered around the entire city ranging from affordable to super luxurious. So there’s something for everyone!

I really did fall in love with San Sebastián. It’s not filled to the brim with tourists and it’s a lovely city to explore. Of the two that I talked about today, it’s definitely my favorite.

If any of you reading this wants to further explore Spain I definitely recommend these two places. They’re not as well known as Madrid or Barcelona, but they’re definitely just as incredible.

Thank you so much for reading!

Lots of love,

Isa ❤

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