International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987


San Sebastián & Biarritz, France

Location: Spain


During this two-day excursion, students will travel by bus first to Biarritz and then to San Sebastián.

Biarritz is located in the Bay of Biscay, on the Atlantic coast in the south of France, about two hours' drive from Bilbao. Since the 1960s it has been a popular town for tourists and surfers, though its fame as a fishing village dates at least to the 18th century when the natural conditions of the water were discovered and the city was recommended for therapeutic purposes. On this excursion, students will get to know a nearby French city, its customs and traditions, and practice some French. They will also be tasting delicious French varieties of chocolate, learn about the history of this prized export, and its importance in Europe since being introduced in the 15th century. Students will also visit Biarritz's emblematic lighthouse.

San Sebastian is perhaps Spain's most elegant, upscale city and has been a hub of intellectuals and cosmopolites since even before Hemingway immortalized it in The Sun Also Rises (1929). Spain's upper classes could often be found here in the Casino during the Franco era, and the picturesque Concha beach is one of the peninsula's most emblematic, and most visited, tourist attractions. Students will enjoy a panoramic view of San Sebastian from Mont Igueldo Donostia, as the city is called in Euskera. The final stop en route to Bilbao is the Sanctuary of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, consisting of a series of edifices built in Churrigueresque Baroque style to mark the birthplace of this seminal religious intellect and Society of Jesus (as in the
Jesuits) founder.

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