San Sebastian: #1,2, or 3?

May 31st, 2006, 01:56 PM
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Maribel,

What is the weather like in San Sebastian year round? I was there in May and it was glorious, but people tell me that it rains and rains and rains (like Ireland? Oregon?) for every season other than summer, and that one rarely has sunny skies.

True? False?
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May 31st, 2006, 02:04 PM
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PS: Regarding the Londres scaffolding, I booked there, with a sea view, and a few days before my departure they sent me an e-mail saying they would be painting while I was there, and my view would be obscured. They offered to drop the price of the room to a "non-view" rate. More than losing the view, I was concerned about noise, since they told me that work would begin at 8am every morning. So I asked to be switched to a room on a non-working (non-view) side of the hotel.

But since that was still expensive (about 144 euro per night, as I recall), I switched to the Hotel Niza, for about 90 euro per night. I didn't get a room with a view, but I liked the downstairs bar/breakfast room a whole lot better. (I had a drink at the Londres bar and the view from the Niza bar is nicer, I think.)

Anyway, I was glad I saved the euros. I should also mention that when I first began planning my trip to San Sebastian, my first choice was the Niza, but they told me they were booked. When I ran into trouble with the Londres, I decided to call them again anyway -- and they did indeed have a room the second time I inquired. (A cancellation, I guess.)

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May 31st, 2006, 02:12 PM
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nessundorma,
Thanks very much for sharing your experience. Our friends are staying the second half of July, so perhaps the painting will be finished by then?

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May 31st, 2006, 02:17 PM
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Maribel,

I should think so. I was there May 8-10, and it looked to me like the typical spring rush at a hotel to fix things up before the season really began.

Can you answer my question about the weather? I didn't mean to make it sound so gloomy, but I'm quite attracted to San Sebastian, and I'd like to know what the weather is like year round. What's the lowest temperature and does one see sunny days in winter?
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May 31st, 2006, 02:19 PM
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Forgot about your weather question. We don't ever go in winter, Nov.-March because the weather can be rainy, but the weather in Spain this year has been incredibly unpredictable. May through October we would go to S.S, without hesitation.
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May 31st, 2006, 02:49 PM
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thanks!
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Jun 1st, 2006, 03:03 AM
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Itīs been a drier year than usual, but itīs also true that the weather over here is quite unpredictable. In any case, it never gets very cold and never very hot, it rains more often than in other parts of Spain and three sunny days in a row is a rare thing, but then again we may not see the rain for a couple of weeks...

not very clarifying, I guess...
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Jun 1st, 2006, 05:25 AM
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Actually, that is helpful. I get the impression for your post that it is mostly cloudy during the winter days, even if it doesn't rain. Yes?
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Jun 1st, 2006, 05:27 AM
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Or let me put it this way:

I would enjoy staying for a month in San Sebastion even if it rained every 3 days, and even if it wasn't very warm, provided that when it wasn't raining, I saw the sun most of the time. What I would find hard (because I am from California!) is if I came there in December and most of the time it was grey and cloudy, there was a lot of rain, and only rarely some sun.
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Jun 1st, 2006, 07:02 AM
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Iīd then suggest September, but itīs the month of the Film Festival, so accommodation wonīt be easy to find.

From May to October you should have a weather according to your requests. Let me know when youīre thinking of coming so Iīll see what we can do about the weather...you said three sunny days in a row, right?
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Jun 1st, 2006, 07:08 AM
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Thanks mikelg! I just had 3 sunny days in a row the second week of May (although the prediction before I arrived was 3 days of rain.) I so enjoyed being in San Sebastian I was thinking it might be a nice place to spend a whole year.

But then people who live in Spain began telling me "Oh no, it rains and rains and rains during fall and winter and even spring."

So I am thinking: It's OK with me if the weather is like what I experienced in Scotland: It would rain -- sometimes twice a day -- but in between the sun would shine. Or maybe it would rain all day for two days --- but then it would be sunny for the next two days, even if it was cold.

My mother lives in Oregon, and I could never live there. Day after day after day it is cloudy and grey. It rains a lot, but even when it doesn't rain, the sun doesn't shine much.

So I know San Sebastian is great from May to October. From November to April, is it more like Scotland or Oregon?
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Jun 1st, 2006, 07:46 AM
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itīs better, I guess, although it gets cloudy and wet...on the other hand, I reckon itīs raining less than ever. That rain we used to have here, that we call "sirimiri" (misty, never ending rain) is becoming rather unusual.
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Jun 1st, 2006, 08:21 AM
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thanks! That "never ending rain" may come back, though, so I'll bear that in mind.

The area around Igueldo is really spectacular. It would be nice to rent a place there, or somewhere else with easy access to San Sebastian, with a view of the sea.
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Jun 7th, 2006, 08:05 AM
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Just wanted to mark this for my own trip next fall. Great information, Weber and everyone else who posted here. Thank you.
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