Upcoming new resort - San Sebastian16 May 2016
Our hardworking accessibility expert Annie recently returned from an exciting excursion to Spain’s San Sebastian. San Sebastian is a resort on the Bay of Biscay with three beaches and a picturesque fishing port, and is the European City of Culture 2016.
Annie was extremely impressed with the area, and we are excited about soon adding it to our already great range of holiday destinations! Here is what Annie had to say about her trip…
I loved San Sebastian. It felt like it had everything required for a great holiday, and I genuinely have nothing bad to say about it!
San Sebastian is a petite city, easy to wander around and quite accessible throughout. There are three beaches and the seafront is beautiful, and very flat without cobbles.
On the first day of my group trip we took a local bus to the seafront, and the process of allowing one wheelchair-using guest access to the vehicle revealed itself to be quick and easy.
The city aquarium is fully accessible and there is a great viewing spot above with a bar and restaurant. Farther along we visited a church, after which we were granted a fantastic view of San Sebastian’s cathedral.
One of the highlights of the trip was the Los Pintxos tour of Old City. This is an experience I would recommend to all visitors of San Sebastian, because it comes with the benefit of a guide who is able to recommend a full range of local accessible bars and conveniences.
The following day I got to see some adapted surfing! This will not be for everyone, and would require a certain level of fitness in the person with limited mobility. For this, two guides took one of our tour’s members into the sea in a beach wheelchair before helping him onto a surfboard. The guides stayed close at all times, and it was great to see him catching the waves. The local team in San Sebastian can also offer a golf experience, using the latest technology to assist guests to enjoy a practice session.
After a busy morning, we visited a vineyard in the hills above a village called Getaria, just 20 minutes from San Sebastian. This small vineyard produces limited batches of Txakoli chilled wine, which is slightly sparkling and very dry. We were shown the process in which the grapes are washed, and where the stalks are removed and separated from the grapes. Once we had reached the huge vats of wine towards the end of the tour, we just wanted to stick our straws in! Instead, we ended the tour in a large dining room where we enjoyed lunch and sampled three different kinds of Txakoli, which can be bought to return home with!
San Sebastian is a paradise for food lovers – especially those who enjoy seafood. The city has a high quantity of Michelin-star restaurants, and one of the great pleasures of these eateries is the introduction to each course, during which a member of the restaurant explains to you the delights that you are about to be served.
At the end of our tour, our group had only positive feedback for San Sebastian, and felt that the resort’s locals work hard to ensure that the facilities are inclusive for everyone.