San Sebastian – A Family-Friendly Favorite

If you’re anything like me, you love traveling with your child but also occasionally yearn for the pre-baby days when travel was a little more relaxing.  Nowhere can you enjoy some of the pre-child travel feeling than in San Sebastian, Spain. Also known as Donostia in Basque, San Sebastian has our family’s favorite beach anywhere in the world: La Concha.  Located directly in the city, La Concha is in a protected bay with small lapping waves and huge sand flats when the tide is out. The atmosphere at La Concha is convivial and boisterous, with people walking the shoreline, playing beach sports and having animated conversations.  Parents can relax as they watch their little ones splash around in tidepools and make friends with other children doing the same. After a full day at the beach and a nice long siesta, a dinner of pintxos (Basque tapas) in the old town provides families a relaxed way to enjoy the city’s famed gastronomical offerings.  San Sebastian’s old town is car-free and the pintxo bars spill out into the streets, meaning families can grab their favorite small plates and eat outside. In the pedestrian-only streets, little ones eat and play while parents enjoy some stress-free dining with delicious food and great people watching. Families who need more than beach time and good food will also be happy to find museums, parks, and a nice aquarium to round out their experience here.

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