San Sebastian and Mundaka
After Biarritz, it felt great to have an apartment lined up for San Sebastian thanks to Airbnb. We cruised into our first Spanish city with ease and settled into a very cool apartment in a building just a few blocks from the beach. Our host turned out to be the owner of a surf shop on the boardwalk, which worked out well because we were able to rent a surfboard for a discounted price. For a city beach it’s gorgeous but crowded, as you could imagine. The waves were great and the sun was shining, so we were perfectly entertained for our two-day stay.
After another (relatively) big city, we thought we’d try a smaller town on the north coast of Spain that neither of us had ever heard of, Mundaka. We found another apartment thanks to Airbnb and, although it felt less authentic, the host and her boyfriend were super friendly and spoke English very well. It was nice to get recommendations for things to do in Mundaka, as well as the rest of Spain and Portugal! The hardest thing for us to get used to in Spain was their eating schedule. We’d be chewing on our fingers (only Stefaan) by 7:30 and they don’t even think about dinner until 10! Because of this issue, we walked all the way to the neighboring town the first night on an unsuccessful quest for tapas. After a bus brought us back to Mundaka we ended up drinking local wine (Txakoli ) and eating grilled peppers and sandwiches at a local hotel. The staff was extremely friendly and seemed to recognize our dire situation. The next day was spent lounging on the breakwater in the harbor with all the local kids on summer vacation. We felt old, but it was a great energy to be a part of. Not to mention water was unbelievably clear and refreshing.