Green Spain San Sebastian

San Sebastian - Green Spain THE BASQUE COUNTRY 6 days

This is the first Province of the region known as Green Spain( the others are Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia). Green Spain is so-called because it is green!  Very green! Most of us recall sunshine, sangria  and sandy beaches backed by somewhat sparse landscape and arid fields. This region enjoys lots of sunshine and also some rain as the Picos de Europa mountain range( the end part of the Pyrenées) backs its coastline. We’ve been taking clients to this region – from the French border to the Portuguese border -for over 30 years and they return with us year after year. San Sebastian is one of Europe’s most elegant resorts, set as it is on two superb beaches. Classic architecture is built around the vibrant harbour area with its lively tapas bars, some of the best in the country, especially for seafood, and in the background are the hills of the scenic Basque Country. This was the setting of our first tour to Spain, a 7-day visit in 1971 which cost all of  £29!

We’ve returned many times since and the lovely city has never lost its appeal. We can thoroughly recommend it to you as a perfect view of a very different type of Spanish beach holiday. It’s the real thing!

We sail from Plymouth on Sunday and a cabin is provided. The ship has many diversions to keep you occupied such as live entertainment, swimming pool, cinema amongst others and fine dining or self-service restaurants.

Arriving in Santander on Monday we leave town and travel eastwards , past the major Basque city Bilbao and thence to the elegant resort of San Sebastian, one of Europe’s finest resorts with two excellent beaches and a range of top class shops(if you have the time and money!).

We are staying at the 4* Hotel San Sebastian which is located about 300m from Ondaretta Beach in the western area of the city. We stay for three nights with breakfast and dinner with wine included.

Tuesday is a free day to explore the area at your leisure. However, for those interested, the coach will take you to the harbourside next to the city centre where you’ll find world-class tapas bars, many of which specialise in seafood. Ondaretta Beach will appeal to many and the larger La Concha Beach is separated from it by a well known café, La Perla.

On Wednesday we travel eastwards on excursion to the last town before  the border with  France, Hondaribbia. We spend the morning here before turning to San Sebastian. The rest of the day is free to enjoy this lovely city.

We depart the hotel on Thursday morning and drive westwards into Cantabria and the fishing port and resort of Castro Urdiales where we’ll stop for a stroll and refreshment by the harbour. We continue to Santander and stop at the Hypermarket to pick up essential supplies . Our sailing leaves at 1545.

We arrive in Plymouth at 1045 on Friday morning and after disembarkation the coach returns to the original pick up points.

Departure date

April 17th (Easter) ; June 26th ; October 9th£525
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The cost includes: all travel by executive coach; ferry crossing with cabin; three nights half-board at the 4* hotel; excursions;Tour Guide.

Single supplement: £125 4-berth cabin(for two) £90 4-berth outside. £140 (NB There are no 2-berth outside cabins)

Pick up points: Exeter-Newton Abbot-Torquay-Paignton-Ivybridge-Plymouth(Millbay Docks)