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San Sebastian or La Rioja

Lucan, Ireland
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San Sebastian or La Rioja


My wife and I will be in Bilbao in early Sept. We are thinking of going to either San Sebastian at weekend or La Rioja. Where would be the best place to go.


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Bilbao, Spain
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for Bilbao, San Sebastian - Donostia, Basque Country, La Rioja
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1. Re: San Sebastian or La Rioja

Totally different places. SS is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe...Rioja wine country is divided in three areas, Alta, Baja and Alavesa, if you want to see wineries I recommend Alavesa and Alta (Laguardia as a must see).

Malaga, Spain
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2. Re: San Sebastian or La Rioja

For San Sebastian:

San Sebastian is famous for its La Concha Beach, a very long beach and perhaps the most beautiful beach in Spain. It is best seen during summer when there is more sunshine and less rain.

Things to see:

1. La Concha Beach - Probably the most beautiful beach in Spain.

2. Old town (behind the Ayuntamiento Building) - Has many pintxo restaurants.

3. Miramar Palace - A historic palace with beautiful gardens.

4. San Telmo Museum - The main art museum in the city-

5. Cathedral of the Good Sheperd - A beautiful church downtown.

6. Monte Igueldo - The view of the city from the top of this mountain is wonderful.

7. Peine del Viento Sculpture - A beautiful sculpture at one end of the Ondarreta Beach.

8. Ondarreta Beach - A beautiful beach that is the continuation of the La Concha Beach.

A very good hotel beside the La Concha Beach is the Hotel Londres. Use Booking.com to look for other hotels or apartments.

The area behind the Ayuntamiento (City Hall) has many restaurants where one can try pintxos. Calle Fuenterrabia and Avenida de la Libertad are the main shopping streets.

Biarritz, France
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for Biarritz, San Sebastian - Donostia, Basque Country
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3. Re: San Sebastian or La Rioja

San Sebastian will still be busy in September but is an awesome city. La Rioja is smaller but has amazing scenery, biggest city is Logrono.

Albuquerque, New...
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4. Re: San Sebastian or La Rioja

To add to what BiarritzTaxi said: LaGuardia is our favorite Rioja town.

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