When we planned this trip, we did not expect the December leg to include a sun-drenched beach complete with bikini-clad beach bats players and sunset surfers. Yet in the run-up to Christmas that is precisely what we encountered in an unseasonally warm San Sebastián. The sunlight showed off this aging Victorian beauty of a town to her maximum advantage and we had a grand old time strolling along the promenade or, when that seemed like too much hard work, sipping Basque wine and doing a spot of people-watching from the hotel lounge.
The Victorian promenade is so well preserved that I kept looking for ladies with parasols
More charming artefacts of a bygone age
The beach bats game did not proceed smoothly – those dogs kept stealing the ball
The windows on the left were our hotel lounge – a great spot from which to observe the passing parade
Some people were more watchable than others. A time-travelling rock band?
Saul felt the need to make sure the atmosphere in the fern-bedecked hotel lounge did not get too staid
It was a good idea to pay attention when walking along the sea wall – there was a reason why the path was wet
The hotel where we stayed was built in 1865 and opened its doors in 1902