Situated on the beautiful Bay of Biscay coast in northern Spain, any self-respecting foodie is sure to fall in love with Donostia-San Sebastián, with its high concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants (including Arzak, Mugaritz and Akelarre) and, of course, its vibrant pintxo culture.
The very best of local, Basque ingredients and gastronomy are presented on a backdrop of stunning architecture and perfect beaches, surrounded by imposing mountains – and all bound together with a proud and rich culture of heritage and tradition.
Things to see and do
There’s plenty of things to keep the whole family entertained in San Sebastián when you’re not bar hopping.
- Swim, surf, walk, or simply sit back and soak up the sun at one of the city’s three beaches. Tour the bay by walking or cycling along La Concha Promenade to the Miramar Palace, hire a kayak or try a relaxing boat trip.
- Take the funicular railway to the top of Monte Igueldo to visit the amusement park and enjoy stunning views of the city, Concha Bay and Santa Clara island.
- Explore the impressive Aquarium with its Oceanarium and 360° viewing tunnel. You can also learn about San Sebastián’s marine and maritime heritage.
- Seek out the city’s many sculptures, such as the Peine del Viento (Wind Comb) by sculptor Eduardo Chillida and architect Luis Peña Gantxegi.
- Discover the history of the city and the Basque region at the San Telmo Museum and the Naval Museum.
- Wander around the streets of the old town, find the former bullring in the Constitution Square with its numbered windows, see the baroque Santa Maria Basilica, and climb Monte Urgull to the fortress and La Mota castle with the Sacred Heart statue.
- Hit the shops in Centro, or get pampered at La Perla spa.
Have a look at the San Sebastian Tourism website for more ideas and information.
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