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Great staff made for an enjoyable stay. Recommend apartments with good facilities for the price and as a bonus our terrace had views over the hills. A fair walk of 25 plus minutes to the central area but good starting point for walking to the beach or to Orio.
There’s a wide range three-star hotels in San Sebastian – everything from three-star Belle Epoque hotels overlooking the beach to small, intimate accommodation perched on a hill. You could also stay in three-star hotels along the Basque coast towards Spain’s border with France.
San Sebastian’s main beach, Playa de la Concha, is one of the finest city beaches in Europe. Pack a towel and head for the beach to swim out to one of the bathing platforms moored away from the beach.
If you’re a surfer, make a beeline for Playa de la Zurriola across the mouth of the Urumea River in Gros district. Or try the beach at Ondaretta, where you can join in games of beach volleyball and tennis, or rent a kayak after your surf session.
If you’re staying at a three-star hotel in San Sebastian to enjoy the golf, tee off at Real Nuevo Club de Golf de San Sebastian, which is set in woodland south of the city centre. If you’re a hiker, there are also breath-taking views of the coast and the surrounding countryside from Monte Ulia. This thickly forested hill has gigantic stones used as lookout points, and part of the Santiago di Compostela pilgrims’ route crosses the hill.
After a good sleep at your three-star hotel, discover the history of the Basque people at Museo San Telmo, a museum in a 16th-century former Dominican convent. Savour the tranquillity of its Renaissance cloisters before exploring the exhibits in Museo San Telmo’s ultra-modern additions.
Walk up the trails that lead to the top of Monte Urgull, where you’ll be rewarded not only with sweeping views but also the opportunity to visit the Castillo de la Mota. Inside this forbidding-looking fortress is a fascinating museum delving into the history of San Sebastian from the 11th century onwards.
In the heart of the old town, Casco Viejo, you can’t miss the elaborate Baroque facade of the Basilica de Santa Maria, which is worth a visit for its impressive marble-filled interior and enormous altarpiece.
San Sebastian’s three-star hotels give you a great base to explore the best the city has to offer.