Tuesday, July 4th
Happy 4th of July
The morning of the 4th we flew from Heathrow to Bilbao Spain
Guggenheim- since we were flying into Bilbao I insisted on seeing the Guggenheim there it is a beautiful building by Frank Gerry.
Lunch- we eat at a small mom and pop shop in the city before leaving.
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe- there's a beautiful church on the cliffs that you can hike to in this little town. We drove with the intention of going here but after walking the around the restaurant and taking in the views. We decided that we wouldn't walk down to the church but it was still well worth it because the views were incredible.
San Sebastián- The city is a cute little city on the coast with a long stretch of beach. Though the beaches were packed and the hotel was right there on the beach which was amazing, it's a little run down for a luxury hotel, and there's little to no service when you arrive for bags and car. But they had the coolest idea for a shop instead of having a shop they had a variety of little booths with local shops set up in their ballroom.
Akelarre- the trip was all about food and the beach. Akelarre is 3-star Micheline star restaurant the place is beautiful from the food to the restaurant decor and views. As you would suspect it cost about €200 a person the dinner is a full experience though we saw lots of the famous chef and we arrived at 9 and didn't leave until midnight.
Wednesday, July 5th
Walking around- in the morning we woke and wanted to see more of the city, so we walked around the shops and stuff. We found the mall and the Zara which was having its annual sale, and I had heard how cheap and great Zara was in Spain and it really was.
Alameda- our second big meal was a lunch. Another Micheline star restaurant set in a small town near San Sabastian. The town is an ancient city with a wall around. The restaurant food is all you would expect from a Michelin star restaurant including beautiful plates and the outdoor dining is just perfect.
HOTEL PARC VICTORIA - our second night was in Saint Jean de Luz. The hotel is tucked in the trees, and it's themed the 1920s with the properties many guest houses on the property. But they weren't to our standards a little kitschy for our taste, but the property was gorgeous
Saint Jean de Luz- the hotel seems tucked away in the mountains, but when we went out for a walk we discovered it wasn't far from a beautiful beach that was way less crowded than San Sebastián and the town is just adorable sitting in the French Spanish border and is a perfect example of the Basque Country.
Thursday, July 6th
Shopping-in the morning we went to explore the town again and get breakfast. The town has so many little shops the area is known for Spanish espadrilles you can buy for € 3-20 as well as French sailer strip shirts.
Sofitel Biarritz- the last hotel was Sofitel Biarritz. This was my favorite hotel the beds were amazing. The outside of the hotel is super rundown and looks really 80s, but the location is amazing the beds, the pool is one of my favorites I've been to.
Walk around: after 2 Michelin star restaurants, we decided we would split up the family so my mom and me who don't enjoy the tasting menus didn't have to join my dad and sister who eat wanted to eat the eight courses of tasting menu. My mom and Ali walked everywhere in Biarritz (30,000 steps for the day).
Dinner- after along day of separate activities we came back together for dinner and just went to a pizza restaurant near the beautiful church in the town. The food was good for a tourist spot and the town is just so cute so we used any excuse to hang in the town.
Friday, July 7th
Return the car- Friday was our last day of the trip before I flew home Saturday morning and they flew all day Saturday. We rented a car for the car for the trip, and we had a flight from Biarritz, France and we rented it from Bilbao, Spain they told us it was €500 extra if u return in a different country and cab was €60. So we drove to San Sebastián airport Friday morning.
Lunch- when we got back from San Sebastián we walked around Biarritz and ate right on the water near the marina.
Walk- finally, we showed my sister and dad the walk out and other places we found the day before.