Peninsula Iberica is also known as State matador, none other than the hometown of actress Penelope Cruz and Hollywood actor Antonio Banderas. The city should I visit is situated in the region of Basque Country (name of the region that has autonomy in the Spanish state), northern Spain, precisely near the Bay of Biscay. Name of the town is San Sebastian, or in the language of Euskara (the local the local language), also known as Donostia San Sebastian.
In my mind, the city dubbed the Summer Capital of Spain, sounds sexy, the city must also be famous as its name. The town is said to have a sale value of the property the most expensive in Europe. A river, Urume name suggests, lies in the city center. The river that was precipitated white sand ending in the Bay of Biscay. I note, the city government is very clever, put the bus station near the road to the river. I walked to the end of the river and arrived in the area Urgull.
While walking, I felt a gust of wind early autumn incessant strikes oak leaves scattered on the sidewalk. I am confident only its own way, because it holds a map of tourist central office. Anyway, the town's population of 183 090 inhabitants are not too large. On the river there are two bridges Urumea famous as a city landmark. The first bridge is the Puente de Maria Christina, was built during the Spanish Empire monarchy. He said, was inspired by the bridge Pont Alexander III Bridge on the River Seine, France. Maria Christina was the consort of the King of Spain, Alfonso XII. Its architecture is very classic.
There are four towers, two at each end of the bridge, with sculptured ornaments. In 1893, this bridge is a wooden bridge, so that the urban population living in the south could towards the train station which is in the north. In line with the times, permanent bridge is built and inaugurated in 1905. I kept walking past the Hotel Maria Christina, one of the grandest hotels, where overnight the jet set. From the bridge the second close look at the pillars of green and round lights on it.
The bridge is located near the Kursaal Congress Palace and Auditorium, where performances of music and movie world level. Been to San Sebastian is not complete if it does not enjoy the beaches. I walk towards the beach. San Sebastian has three beautiful beaches in the region, namely the Playa de La Concha, Playa de Ondaretta, and Playa de Zuriolla. Beautiful beaches are located on the Bay of Biscay, between two mountains: Monte Urgull and Monte Igeldo. I decided to go enjoy the Playa de La Concha and Playa de Ondaretta.
In addition to one-way, both these beaches have attractions for the public, while Playa de Zuriolla is an area of exclusive hotels and inns. Before arriving at the Playa de La Concha at the end Urgull neighborhood, I passed a magnificent building, City Hall of San Sebastian. The town hall is located right on the edge of town with a background view of the beach. Not far away there is a park area Parque de Miramar, a place for recreation and children's playground equipped carousel. Playa de La Concha is the largest and most popular beach in San Sebastian.
During summer, the beach crowded with water sports activities, such as kayaking, canoeing and sail boating. Soft white sandy beach is 'watered' full sunlight, making it ideal for sunbathing spot. The water was cool and fresh. Gulls busy beach fro, adds to the cozy feeling. In the distance the boats with white sails mast docked in the harbor. At night, the beach is clean overwritten white light coming from the lampposts along the coast, creating an atmosphere like in a fairy tale. Fantastic Before continuing the journey, I stopped first at the coffee shop in a side street and eat pintxos (commonly called tapas), regional specialties Basque Country. This confectionary slices of bread in the form of small or medium size with a variety of toppings such as goat cheese, ham, seafood, anchovies, or vegetables. Pintxos is usually a light meal, a friend drink cerveza, beer typical Spanish. Generally it is provided with a package of drinks but some restaurants sell separately.
One piece of pintxos average cost € 3.50 to € 4, depending on the size. Although the wind is rather strong, I choose to drink coffee on the veranda, to be looking at the beach and look at the pacing of tourists eager to enjoy the beach. A moment later, my eyes fell on an island between Concha Beach and Beach Ondaretta. When I asked the waiter tavern, it turns out the name of the island is very pretty, Isla Santa Clara. The island was once a place to hide and take cover from enemy attack. However, now it is functioned as a place of tourism. On the island already built the hotel and there is a small harbor.
When the sand began to turn into a rather dull, it was a sign I entered the Playa de Ondaretta. Ondaretta in the language of Euskara means small beach. Ondaretta beach is smaller than Cocha Beach, located close to the mountains Igeldo and has rocks are black. That is why there is a change of color sand. Getting to the end of the beach, the rocks more clearly protrudes toward the shore, so many overdraft creating small ponds when the waves come, before receding again. Sea animals, such as sea urchins, clams and starfish, sometimes get caught in it. Continue the journey, this time I did not down the beach, but walking on the sidewalk, because they want towards the cliffs in Igeldo mountain slopes to see the works of sculpture titled The Wind Comb.
Waves on the beach Ondaretta is fiercer. In fact, the distance between the shoreline with a settlement is not too wide. Thus, to avoid overflow of big waves, built a retaining wall for high tide, connect up to the slopes of the mountains Igeldo. It was here, among the rocks and retaining walls waves, The Wind Comb is. Four similar installation C-shaped claws, mounted with different spacing. Makin juts into the ocean, each installation is attached to a reef. The arrangement, when seen from a distance, line of sight, but interspersed within, so that it looked like a jagged comb. From the ocean that is the cold wind howling ferocious towards the mainland.
Therefore, this artwork called The Wind of Comb, work of an artist born in San Sebastian sculpture named Haizen Orrazia. Opportunity streets in the old town do not miss. This old town area in ancient times surrounded by the separation wall, for a livable community called Joxemaritarrak or Koxkeroak. People Koxkeroak is the largest communities who speak Gascon until the early 18th century In 1863, the dividing wall between the community and the citizens of the city, was destroyed. The goal is for the expansion and the legitimacy of the city of San Sebastian. Some old buildings are still visible ancient architecture.
The old town is very popular among tourists. While viewing the map, there is a church called San Ignacio de Loiola. I was headed there. Minaret building is very high, so that the digital camera I was not able to reach. This church gothic architecture, like San Sebastian Cathedral. Because it is located in the district of Loiola, the church is named according to the region. According to historical records, in 1936 Loiola used as the headquarters of the rebels who often create unrest. There are other tourist attractions, such as the Miramar Palace and Gizpukoa Square. However, tourists prefer cultural attractions in the form of performances and festivals in San Sebastian, such as the San Sebastian International Film Festival and San Sebastian Jazz Music Festival (Jazaldia).
For local traditional celebrations, the most famous is the San Sebastian Day, which is celebrated every year on 20 January. On that day, the people did feast called Tamborrada. This celebration is held at night in the Parte Vieja, by playing the drums and marched wearing Basque Country region. After that, a grown man would perform rituals Sociodades Gastronomicas or dinner together. In the past, only men could participate this banquet. Now all blend into one in Noche de La Tamborrada (Night Tamborrada). For donostiarras (nickname for residents of San Sebastian), this is the most awaited celebration and the largest in the city.