Monday: We set out from the port on a lovely walk along the famous boardwalk around La Concha Beach, stopping at Palacio Miramar to take in the view and pose for a group photo. We then took the funicular cars up to the top of Monte Igueldo, a hilltop that is known for having the best views in town. In the words of one of the students: “It’s hard to believe that places this beautiful really exist!”
Monte Igueldo is also home to a quaint amusement park — after taking pictures, we set off to play! We jumped on a giant trampoline, rode bumper cars, explored the maze, and even rode the one-of-a-kind “montaña suiza” roller coaster that overlooks the sea. The Spanish word for roller coaster is “montaña rusa,” or Russian mountain, but this place is so special that it’s home to the only Swiss mountain!
Tuesday was filled with fun activities to choose from! Students either went to the Zurriola beach as a group or went to the water spa at the center of the boardwalk at La Concha beach.
Wednesday: Last week we went to the movies with the goal of finding Dory, and this week we found her at the aquarium! San Sebastián’s aquarium proves that good things indeed come in small packages, as it packs in tons of wonder into a tiny surface area. Located at the end of the picturesque port and overlooking La Concha beach, the aquarium is full of the city’s maritime history, a shark tank with tunnel, a tactile tank, and lots of sea creatures!
Friday, we hiked up Monte Urgull, the mountain that marks the center of town. It rises majestically behind Parte Vieja (Old Town) and juts out into the sea. Atop Monte Urgull is a statue of Jesus, and from there there are great views of the city from the fort and lookout point.
Saturday, we enjoyed a group excursion to Biarritz, France!