Planning one evening in San Sebastian can be a little difficult if you haven’t visited before. Do you stroll through the historic city or walk along its magnificent three kilometers of beaches. I must admit that Zurriola Beach, Playa de la Concha, and Playa de Ondarreta sure looked enticing when I viewed over the city earlier that afternoon. But I also wanted to walk along the historic city streets and visit the cathedral! Well, I tried to do it all including going out for dinner, which resulted in a very long first day on the Camino del Norte, and, for a few minutes, being locked out of my alberque.
I left my last post, On and off the Camino del Norte in San Sebastian, Spain, here, at Playa de Ondarreta facing Monte Igueldo. Now lets continue an evening walk in San Sebastian, Euskadi / Basque Country.
I stopped for a moment to watch one of the performers along the promenade.
Let’s backtrack along Playa de la Concha to the street, Mirakontxa Pasealekua, which takes us to the San Sebastian Cathedral, Catedral del Buen Pastor de San Sebastián.
The San Sebastian Cathedral is certainly not old by European standards. The exterior was completed in 1899 and the interior continued to be built, and then renovated, well into the 20th Century. The church was not named a cathedral until 1953 and is dedicated to the Good Shepard.
The cathedral’s exterior was designed by Manuel de Echave and the bell tower was based upon the spires of the Cologne Cathedral.
Although not as grand as some of the cathedrals along the Camino Francés, I really liked the detail of the front façade and around the main entrance. Sadly, the door was locked in the late evening.
I backtracked some more, this time along the Camino through a busy promenade with many shops and businesses.
This grandstand would be bustling during the day but was quiet during the late evening.
With the sun setting, a couple of views facing Zurriola Beach and the mountain I had walked along and descended earlier in the day.
The Kursaal Congress Centre and Auditorium is the cultural focal point of San Sebastian. The building was completed in 1999 and sits where a 20th Century palace once stood. The largest building houses an 1,800 seat concert hall with additional meeting rooms and convention space. The Kursaal Congress Centre and Auditorium is also home to the San Sebastián International Film Festival. The winner of best film receives the Golden Shell.
Puente del Kursaal over the Río Urumea and some of the buildings occupying this district. Let’s take a closer look…
The City Hall, Ayuntamiento de San Sebastián was the former Gran Casino. It was built in 1887 and operated as a casino until gambling was prohibited in 1924. It has been a city hall since 1945. Alderdi-Eder Gardens and park occupy the area in the front of the Ayuntamiento and make up a vibrant area of San Sebastián.
Even with much of the skies covered in cloud, the setting sun off the West side of the Hill of Urgull provided some amazing colours.
La Perla Restaurant on Playa de la Concha.
As I made my way back to the alberque —okay, I was running at times—this is Bahía de la Concha and Monte Igueldo.
A little earlier: the setting sun from San Sebastian.
Well, I covered a few kilometers on this evening post and as I mentioned, was actually running at times to get to the alberque before the 10 PM locking of the doors. Surely, there would be a few minutes grace. Well, there wasn’t. I arrived six minutes after the hour to locked doors. It took a few loud bangs on the door before someone opened it, much to my relief. Lesson learned about staying out “late.” I had started the day in the rain early at Irún and finished in the dark. That was a long first day! I hope you enjoyed this post. On my next post, On the Camino Del Norte in Spain, San Sebastián to Munioetazar, I left San Sebastian a little late facing a tiring climb to start the day. The climb would be rewarded as there would be numerous views of the sea and the beautiful Basque countryside. Please join me 🙂
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