Two weekends ago, I had a wonderful trip to San Sebastian, a beach town in the north of Spain, with my coworker Nicole. Although much of the time it was raining and we were constantly battling that, I really enjoyed the city, the beach and enjoying the much-needed fresh air.

The first day, I arrived by train in the afternoon and headed directly to the Airbnb. It was right on one of the most bustling streets, but it was still pretty quiet and laidback which was great for sleeping and relaxing. I met up with Nicole since she arrived a day early and we had lunch and then walked to the beach. It wasn’t raining too badly at the time and the sun even poked out for a little bit, so we decided to go into the sea for a little bit. It was so cold still, but it was nice to be able to try it out on the first day. Afterwards, we came back, got dressed and then went out for dinner and drinks.

On the next day, it rained most of the day and Nicole was heading back to Spain in the afternoon. We had breakfast and then went to the aquarium which was nice but felt more like a museum! Afterwards, we hiked up the hill nearby to one of the lookout points for the other beach (where most of the surfing happened) and there was a wonderful view. Nicole went to the train station soon afterwards, and since it was Sunday, there wasn’t much open to do in the evening. So, I ended up checking out of the churches nearby and then had dinner and a early bed time.

On the last day, I decided to wake up early and go paddle boarding to the island! It was a sunny day so I had to enjoy being outdoors as much as possible. It was difficult getting out past the break since I had never paddle boarded in the sea before, but I eventually got my sea legs and made it out to the island. Afterwards, I was so hungry and decided to have some pinxtos. Pinxtos are a small food item sometimes on a piece of bread or in a small dish (like a tapa) and places serve them like a buffet. They were so good and definitely hit the spot after exerting so much energy. Afterwards, I hiked up to the fortress on top of the same hill as the day before. The views were incredible! Afterwards, I headed to the train station and went back to Madrid.

It was a really nice trip despite the weather, and I enjoyed the opportunity to explore with Nicole this beautiful and laidback side of Spain.