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Askatasunaren hiribidea or Avenida de la Libertad is very similar to the one in Lisbon, with the exception that it has a lot less traffic. It extends from the Udaletxe or Ayuntamiento and the Bahia de la Concha all the way across to the Urumea, effectively providing a buffer between the Alde Zaharra and the Ensanche. It is one of the primary commercial streets in the city and is also where the main tourist office is located (so make sure to mark it down on your maps). The street has a wide park that follows the traffic and shields the walkers and the shops from the cars. This is one of the best places to come to in the evening if you are looking for somewhere to promenade before dinner. Donostiarrak (the people of Donostia) of all ages come out here in couples and families to eat ice cream and pass the time while listening to the various buskers and musicians. Many times you?ll see the same people (or pretty much the same people) you saw in Barcelona and Madrid: the Andean musicians, the break dancers and those people who do some sort of cross between martial arts and the samba. Occasionally, however, there will be traditional performers and Basque singers who perform folksongs in the various dialects of the North. You can tell them apart ? the tourists usually create a throng around the Brazilian-cum-taichi dancers, while the Basques, especially those trying to pass on the language to their children, seek out the traditional Basque performers.

Address: Avenida de la Libertad
Directions: The large avenue that leads away from the Ayuntamiento

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  • Written Jan 6, 2009
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