GROS, the trendy neighborhood!

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Hi, guys! Today I'm going to talk about Gros, a neighborhood that has recently become quite trendy and is constantly growing. With all these ingredients, it’s impossible not to like it!

Gros - Espigón playa de la Zurriola y Kursaal desde el airePhoto: @Kursaaldonostia

Beach and mountain

First we start by visiting La Zurriola beach. This large beach offers a range of sports, making it a favorite of surfers and young people from all over the world. It starts at Moneo’s “Cubes”, the Kursaal, and ends at Sagüés (a concert and event venue). In July, the beach is usually turned into one of the outdoor stages for the Jazz Festival, an unbeatable location!

Gros playa con surfista y Kursaal al fondoSurf in front of the Kursaal. Photo: @inigogarvi

Gros gente frente al Kursaal en blanco y negroConversations in front of the Kursaal. Photo: @jaionecosta

This beautiful walk takes us to Sagüés, where many sit on the wall to enjoy the city’s stunning, can’t-miss sunsets. And as you look out to see you can see the Paloma de la Paz (The Dove of Peace), Nestor Basterretxea’s 7-meter-high sculpture!

Gros Puesta de sol desde el muro de SagüesSunset from the Sagües wall

Gros gente haciendo Surf en playa ZurriolaSurf at Zurriola. Photo @sistersandthecity

Gros - Paloma de la Paz de Nestor BasterretxeaLa Paloma de la Paz (The Dove of Peace) by Nestor Basterretxea in Sagüés. Photo @antxon.e / antxonelorza.es

Here we find ourselves at the foot of Mount Ulia, where the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) passes. I recommend walking up…it’s about a 30 minute climb, but the wonderful views make it well worth it! Your efforts can also be rewarded with a delicious pintxo at the Albergue or at the Merendero de Ulia!

Gros - Vista desde Monte UlíaView from the walk up Mount Ulia.

Shopping and pintxo-pote

But we’re about more than just beach and surf in Gros; new shops and restaurants continue to bring a wide range of options to the neighborhood, including Sakona Coffee Roaster, where they toast their own coffee, Topa Sukalderia, which fuses Basque and Latin American cuisine, The Loaf Bakery, which bakes artisan breads, Mala Gissona Beer House, where they serve artisan beers, and Papperino Il Gelato, with its homemade ice cream in a range of flavors. You can’t miss out on this classic Donostiarra tradition of enjoying some mouth-watering ice cream!

And you’re in luck if you like shopping...Gros is home to many one-of-a-kind shops with a unique style, including local designers and entrepreneurs like Oh la la, Miner, Vintage Closet, The Factory of Colors, Little Lola, Txantxo...and if you’re looking for activewear and equipment, visit Izadi, Apaletegi, and the Pukas and Hawaii surf shops. Even the New York Times recommends 5 places for shopping in Gros

Gros gente en terraza de pintxopotePintxopote in Gros. Photo: @lukebishopdesign

Gros pintxo-pote en la calle Zabaleta

Oh, and of course you can’t miss the pintxopote! A drink and a pintxo is just €2 on Thursdays, the perfect mix of pintxos and a fun, youthful atmosphere.

Streets

  • Av. Zurriola – promenade - (Ni Neu, Picachilla, The Loaf, Ondarra)
  • Ramon Mª Lili – Sakona
  • Sagües – bars (Campero, Bar Monpas, El Muro…), Hotel Punta Monpas**
  • Zabaleta – bars/restaurants (Bar Zabaleta, La Guinda Deli & Coffe, Mil Catas, Mala Gissona Beer House, Essencia Wine Bar&Store, Belgrado…)
  • Peña y Goñi – restaurants (La Bodega Donostiarra, Ramuntxo Berri, Bodega La Notaria, El Lobo, Restaurante La Tagliatella), Hotel Arrizul Center*
  • Plz. Cataluña – bars (Portobello, Sukalde, Heladería Papperino Il Gelato (homemade ice cream)
  • Plz. Zuberoa – bars/restaurants (La Piazzetta de Gros)
  • Secundino Esnaola – shops (Ohlala, boutiques)
  • San Francisco – shops
  • Pº Colón – the façades of homes
  • Calle Ronda – Hotel Arrizul Congress****

Exploring Gros with Google Maps

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