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ECL possible opponents guide part 21 – Real Sociedad


Real Sociedad de Futbol
 
Country: Spain

From: San Sebastian, in the Basque region and right near the French border. The city has almost 200,000 residents.
 
Positioned: In the far north of Spain, 61 miles east of Bilbao, 291 miles north of Madrid and 326 miles north west of Barcelona.

Description: A tourist haven and a cultural hub as well as a destination for Christian pilgrims. A great place to visit and one where the locals are ultra passionate about football.
 
Random fact: San Sebastian will be a European Capital of Culture in 2016.
 
The club: Real Sociedad finished fourth in the 2012-13 La Liga and earned a place in the UEFA Champions League play-off round.

At that stage, they turned some heads with their win over Lyon.
 
Chances of playing United: One in eight

Stadium: The Anoeta Stadium holds 32,076 people and is at the south of the city centre, not too far from the southern bend of river. It’s got its own Metro stop and is quite easy to access.

Tickets: The away team would probably get about 3,000 tickets. Traditionally, S

Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia and Villareal have all been guilty of this and even Athletic Club did it in the UEFA Europa League.
panish teams charge English clubs a lot – in the region of e60 – even for group games.

Hotels
(unless stated all prices are per person per night based on two people sharing a
twin or double room. They can be booked through booking.com
on a pay-on-arrival basis. All bookings can be cancelled for free up to 24 hours
before arrival)

Hotel Avenida

Bargain – £30
While the Hotel Avenida, at Paseo de Igueldo, is a bit out of the way, i
t is a very good hotel and a good place to stay if you’re on a budget.

It’s halfway up a mountain overlooking the city and has its own swimming pool and gym, as well as a restaurant and a bar.

Each of the 50 rooms have a work desk, heating, free toiletries and a minibar.
Best for location - £57

The three-star Hotel Niza, at Zubieta 56, is a decent place to stay while visiting the city.

It’s near the coast and the town centre and right near a beach. There’s a hotel restaurant, a great bar and free Wi-Fi.

Each of the 40 rooms come with heating, Sky TV and free toiletries. Some rooms come with a sea view. Breakfast costs £10.40 per person per day extra.

Luxury – £50

A room at the Astoria7

One superb oasis of the city is the four-star Hotel Astoria7, which is s a little on the pricey side but is worth it.

Each year, San Sebastian hosts a film festival and this hotel is themed around it.

There is a restaurant, a bar, a lounge (showing films) and also a gym.

Each of the 102 rooms come with air conditioning, heating, a work desk, free toiletries,  DVD player, Sky TV and a minibar. Breakfast costs £12.87 per person per day.

Flights

Bilbao
£34 from Manchester on easyjet
£50 from Stansted on easyjet
£104 from Heathrow on Vueling

(you can fly indirect to Bilbao via Lisbon)


the train takes a ridiculous amount of time as it’s indirect. There is a direct bus from the airport to Sab Sebastian taking 70 minutes.

Santander
£35 from Stansted on Ryanair
£48 from Edinburgh on Ryanair

then a 2:55 train to Bilbao and a 70-minute bus to San Sebastian

Bordeaux
£36 from Edinburgh on Ryanair
£46 from Bristol on easyjet
£51 from Luton on easyjet
£52 from Gatwick on easyjet and BA
£73 from Birmingham on Monarch
£78 from Liverpool on easyjet
£116 from Southampton  on Flybe

then a 3:17 train

Biarritz
£45 from Stansted on Ryanair
£67 from Gatwick on easyjet
then a 3:19 train
Paul
£110 from London City on Air France and KLM

then a 3:20 train

Zaragoza
£35 from Stansted on Ryanair

then a 3:26 train


Lourdes
£36 from Stansted on Ryanair

then a 3:50 train
Madrid
£45 from Stansted on Ryanair
£53 from Bristol on easyjet
£53
from Liverpool on easyjet
£55 from Luton on easyjet
£55 from Manchester on Ryanair
£56 from Edinburgh on easyjet
£68 from Gatwick on easyjet

then a 5:30 train or an hour-long flight


Barcelona
£40 from Stansted on Ryanair
£41 from Leeds Bradford on Ryanair, Jet2 and
Monarch
£41 from Liverpool on Ryanair and easjet
£45 from Bristol on easyjet
£45 from East Midlands on Ryanair
£47 from Gatwick on Norweigan, BA and Monarch
£47 from Newcastle on easyjet
£48 from Birmingham on Ryanair and Monarch
£49 from Southend on easyjet
£52 from Luton on easyjet
£53 from Glasgow Prestwick on Ryanair
£55 from Edinburgh on Ryanair and Vueling
£64 from Cardiff on Vueling
£65 from Manchester on Jet2 and Monarch
£69 from Glasgow Int on Jet2
£101 from Exeter on Flybe
£108 from Southampton on Flybe

then a 5:25 train or a 45-minute flight

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