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Etxebarri directions from San Sebastian

I have upcoming reservations at Etxebarri (thanks to this board's suggestions) and am a little concerned about getting there. We will be driving our rental car from San Sebastian. A previous poster indicates that Google directions are not good. Can anyone give me specific driving directions?

Thanks so much!

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  1. The food blogger, ChezPim, has a very good direction. We used it when we drove to Etxebbarri.
    http://chezpim.com/travel/the_place_t...
    If you have problem with the above link, go to her blog and type in the restaurant's name in the search function. There will be a full review of the restaurant and the direction is at the end of the review.

    1. Another blog with helpful directions: http://awhimsygirllife.wordpress.com/...

      I think the main issue with the Google directions is that it only labels the road from Durango to Mondragon as GI-632 while the road signs read N-636. We made our way from La Rioja (Abalos) to Etxebarri last year, so we were coming from the opposite direction as coming from San Sebastian. After a long drive through the mountains on our trip, I was convinced we were going on the wrong way, so we went back to the highway only to try it again. Luckily, I allowed an extra hour for getting lost, and while we were on the correct road the entire time, we used every bit of that hour.

      I would recommend pulling up the directions & route on Google, zoom in nice and close with the satelite view, then print as many screen prints as you need to see all of the details of the route. Had I have done this, it would have been much easier to see the route clearly to know we were on the right path. (I only printed one high overview map, and I really wished I had not been so frugal with the ink & paper

      )

      Enjoy your trip and meal - both will be very memorable!

      1. Thank you both very much for the tips. I have printed out so many maps/views that I think I can now find it!
        Hey MesaChow - are you by any chance from Mesa, Arizona?

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        1. re: lindatork

          Yup, we live in Mesa, AZ (but like to get out of here as often as possible - Spain this March and last March).

          1. re: MesaChow

            Well, hello neighbor! Our daughter lives in Madrid so we have started making it a regular stop. First time to Barcelona/San Sebastian this April.

            1. re: lindatork

              What a small world! I'm checking out your blog right now.

        2. When are you going to Etxebarri? My wife and I will be going with some friends, for the first time, later this month (on the 29th). I'm interested to know how your experience was, and if you have any tips with respect to the food or anything else. We'll be coming from Abalos (La Rioja) ourselves, so I've made note of MesaChow's comments below.

          1. I found Chez Pim's directions + the directions on the Extebarri site to be superior to GPS and Google Maps, FWIW. But we did still get a little lost.

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            1. re: kathryn

              European friends always advise me to use viamichelin maps (downloadable). I don't think I would feel comfortable relying on Google maps for out-of-city travel in Europe.

            2. UPDATE: We made it to Etxebarri yesterday. I had printed out maps and written directions from several sources and also had a GPS. We still got a bit lost. The tough part is when you exit off the A-8 into Durango - very confusing. But we managed to find it anyway. We decided that if you keep your wits about you and have allowed enough time to get lost along the way it is actually part of the experience!

              Our 4 hour lunch at Etxebarri was one of the highlights of our trip. The setting is magical and the food is innovative and divine. We will be posting a full report with many pictures on http://buencamino1.wordpress.com/

              In the meantime if anyone is interested, you can already check our blog for various restaurants in Madrid and Barcelona (including Hisop, Paco Meralgo, Bar Pinotxo and Tickets). Disclaimer - our blog is a journal that we keep for our own pleasure to record our travels. You will have to wade through other content to get to the food. But - the food pics are one of our biggest interests! There is also a post called "No Reservations" where we spend a delightful evening with(?) Tony Bourdain and Jose Andreas in 41 Degrees and Tickets.

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              1. re: lindatork

                There is also a review of Cinc Sentits.

                1. re: lindatork

                  Can you copy and paste those reviews here? CH rules prefer that you do so.

                  "Sometimes there is relevant, on-topic information on your blog that you want to share with your fellow hounds. We ask that you not link directly to individual entries on your blog, but rather, copy and paste your information to Chowhound, so people can read it and reply here. It keeps the conversation from being split across multiple sites, and avoids the appearance that you're trying to promote your blog. (If you're hoping for an SEO boost, you should know that user-submitted links are tagged as no-follow.)"

                  1. re: kathryn

                    Oh - sorry. I didn't realize there was a problem. I will try to cut and paste when I have a chance. We are still traveling around Spain so I don't really have time right now. I will do it asap. Maybe when I return to the states.

                  2. re: lindatork

                    we got lost going there and coming back. really lost. ended up on top of a mountain/hill