San Sebastián, Spain

Modern Apartment in San Sebastian

Apartment 5 3 1
About Our Home
The apartment, which is a second house, has been completely renovated and brought up to date. It’s very cosy and it includes: - Master bedroom with double bed - Bedroom with 2 single beds. - Bedroom with single bed - Living room (TV /DvD-Blue Ray) with dining area for 6 people - Kitchen, completely furnished with all the necessary appliances: ceramic hob, oven, fridge, microwave, dishwasher, washing-machine, coffee-machine, toaster, kettle, mixer… - Bathroom with big shower cabin. - Closed balcony, that we use as a laundry room. There is internet connection (Wi-Fi) in the house and we can lend you a laptop during your stay. This quiet apartment is located on the first of a six-floor building (with elevator) has central heating and there is plenty of storage space (also a long built-in wardrobe on the corridor) Note: We have already closed some exchanges for this year and have few holidays left so we'd prefer non-simultaneous exchanges. You can come to San Sebastian whenever you want (it's a holiday house, so it's available most of the year) and we'll visit your place in the future. LOCATION: The apartment is located in the city centre, so you can go on foot to the most interesting spots (La Concha Bay and Beach, the Old Town, the Harbour, Zurriola Beach). Our apartment is surrounded by the nice Cristina Enea Park so, although its central location, it’s a very quiet place to stay. The nearest beach to our house is the Zurriola beach (10-minute walk) which is famous because the Kursaal is located there and for the surfers. The famous “La Concha” beach is in a pleasant 15-minutes-walk from our house. Urumea River with its six bridges and fabulous riverside promenade is one of the most popular ways to access the city centre. Our house is located next to the third one (the beautiful “Maria Cristina Bridge”) so you just have to cross it to get the excitement and buzz of the city and find the city's pedestrian streets lined with boutiques, sidewalk cafés, pintxo bars, restaurants and every kind of shop you can imagine. You have shops and supermarkets next to the house where you can do the daily shopping (one of them opens Monday-Sunday). CITY: San Sebastian, is a small city of 183,000 habitants which has been designed as European Capital of Culture in 2016. You'll be able to get around both on foot, and by bicycle using its cycle lanes. The public transports enable one to get around the city without the need to use a private vehicle. San Sebastian is world famous as a food tourism destination, since it's collected more Michelin stars per square metre of its territory than anywhere else in the world (boasts 16 Michelin stars); The quality of its ingredients and its world famous “pintxos” (small portion of food) give much pleasure to both local people and visitors all year round. Beaches: San Sebastian is situated in a natural amphitheatre facing the sea and protected by mountains. It is, known as the Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea by the beauty of its Bay. The city has three beaches surrounded by three mountains: La Concha beach, the best-known one, and Ondarreta beach, more visited by families, make up La Concha Bay, and Zurriola, the youngest of the beaches with the most pronounced surfing culture. During the summer a motor launch service departs the port bound for the island's landing stage every half an hour. Near beaches you can visit La Perla Thalassotherapy, situated directly on La Concha Bay, and the recently renewed Aquarium. It has become in a modern museum. The Palace of the Sea has into its instalations the aquarium, the oceanographic museum and the naval historic museum. Mountains: We recommend you ride up mount Igeldo on the funicular railway, the oldest in the Basque Country, to observe and photograph the city from a spectacular vantage-point. This is probably the most characteristic and best-known picture-postcard view of San Sebastian. From Mount Igueldo you'll have a breathtaking view of La Concha Bay. The city's stormy military history is still alive on Mount Urgull (the Castle houses, the History House, the museum that tells the city's story). The English Cementery, on the north side of the mountain, is testimony to the passage of the English through San Sebastian. In mount Ulía you can find The Peña del Ballenero (Whaler's Crag) and Peña del Rey (King's Crag), massive rocks used as vantage points for scanning the sea, their picnic areas, the renovated Ulía Hostel and the outstanding views of the city, are some of its attractions. Parks: San Sebastian has an enormous number of easily accessible urban green areas of considerable beauty. Aiete Park. Situated on one of the hills that surround the city, it's notable for its impressive gardens and, of course, its palace. Its walls witnessed the comings and goings of aristocratic personalities such as Isabel II, Queen Victoria of England, Queen María Cristina, Alfonso XIII who chose the palace as their summer residence. Today, however, it's about to be converted into a cultural centre brimming with creative activity. It would be unthinkable for any coastal walk in San Sebastian not to take in Miramar Park. It is a graceful setting for a spectacular palace inspired by the Queen Anne English Cottage style. Miramar Gardens slope gently down to the sea, between gravel paths and flower beds. Its 94.960 square metres Cristina Enea is the perfect place to switch off from the constant activity of the city without going out of it. The exotic trees, swans and peacocks, the architecture of the building in the centre of the park – all of these remind us that this park was an oasis of peace, a gift the Duke of Mandas gave to his wife. This beautiful and quiet park surrounds our apartment and makes it an oasis of peace. Near San Sebastian: If you want to visit other cities (Bilbao, Pamplona, Biarritz, Vitoria…) or nice little towns by the basque coast, we suggest you to make day trips by using public transport as our house is 2 minutes walk from the Train Station and 15 minutes walk from the Bus Station. Gipuzkoa, the province where San Sebastian is located, is not your typical tourist destination for 'sunny beaches'. However, its 17 beaches are clean, comfortable and mostly urban. They are essential to enjoy the beauty of the Cantabrian Sea in the summertime or for relaxing walks by the waves in winter. Gipuzkoa's 86 kilometres of coast alternate sand with urban centres and coastal mountains, such as Mount Jaizkibel, that take the colour green right down to the sea. The cliffs between Deba and Zumaia are spectacular geological formations called the 'flysch' and the 'rasa mareal'. The coastal towns, often located where the rivers let out into the sea, have their own distinct personalities and numerous points of interest. All of them -Mutriku, Deba, Zumaia, Getaria, Zarautz, Orio and Hondarribia- deserve a visit. The Coast of Gipuzkoa, with its two Natural Parks, Aiako Harria and Pagoeta, also has its green side. Surrounded by mountains and proud of their historical and monumental heritage, the inland valleys have been able to preserve their way of life and Basque traditions. This is the Green Gipuzkoa. Bizkaia is the Basque territory with the highest contrasts. From the biggest Basque metropolis, Bilbao (1 hour away from San Sebastian), with the Guggenheim Museum, to such beautiful natural spaces as San Juan de Gaztelugatxe or the Biosphere Reserve of Urdaibai. In Araba, we have the lovely city of Vitoria-Gasteiz (awarded Green Capital 2012) which is the provincial capital with the highest density of green areas per inhabitant. Its medieval district, declared a monumental site in 1987, is one of the most beautiful and best preserved in the north of Spain. The south of Araba, also known as Rioja-Alavesa, is famous for its fabulous wines. The Marques de Riscal Winery (designed by Frank O. Gehry) worths a visit and, why not, a romantic stay at its Hotel & Vinotherapie Spa. Navarra is just one step from Gipuzkoa, the Community of Navarre defines itself as a "Land of diversity". Never ending landsacapes and styles make up the identity of friendly land, crossed by the Road to Santiago and with a rich natural and monumental heritage, bursts with joy during festivities like San Fermin, in Pamplona (1 week starting on the 6th of July and ending the 14th ). Just crossing the Bidasoa River (20 km from San Sebastian), without getting out of what is already considered the same eurocity, the visitor notices a different style. Iparralde, the French-Basque Country, is a heap of small villages and towns, picturesque places and nature. You can visit, for example, The Côte Basque (Basque Coast). This is a pleasant series of stimulus: Hendaye, with a wide beach dominated by the Castle of Antoine d’Abbadie, Ciboure, St Jean de Luz, with its fishing port, Guethary, Bidart and the majestic Biarritz, with the Casino and the Sea Museum

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Member since: Jun 2014
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Prior exchanges:  7
2 exchanges to Canada (Toronto & Montreal), 2 exchanges to Norway (Bergen & Haugesund), 1 exchange to Germany (Munich), 1 exchange to Spain (Lanzarote), 1 exchange to USA (New York)

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