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San Sebastian
Travel Guide

San Sebastian which includes a city, a bay or harbour and a coastal town

Vibrant Basque culture and one of Europe’s finest city beaches combine to make San Sebastian a highlight of Spain’s northern coast.

This European Capital of Culture has an irresistible mix of natural beauty, historic districts and a dining scene that rivals better-known Spanish cities. Enjoy a morning relaxing on the soft white sands of Playa de la Concha, one of the best city beaches in Europe. And an evening trawling the city’s atmospheric bars is a holiday must, so you can try some of San Sebastian’s famous pintxos – the Basque version of tapas. Plan your holiday in San Sebastian for festival time and join in the boisterous celebrations of jazz and film or San Sebastian’s patron saint.

During your holiday in San Sebastian, stroll through the lively streets of the old town, Casco Viejo, with its imposing Baroque churches and charming squares. Discover Basque Country’s rich history at San Telmo Museum, which is in a 16th-century former Dominican convent. Carry on to Monte Urgull, where you can enjoy panoramic views and impressive sunsets at the summit. Pop into the small museum in the 12th-century Castillo de la Mota to catch up on 800 years of San Sebastian’s history.

Take a holiday wander along the beautiful Playa de la Concha, where you’ll pass the English-style palace and gardens, once the holiday home of the Spanish royal family. You’ll soon reach the other headland which shelters the beach, Monte Igueldo. To save yourself the climb, hop on the funicular and take in the sweeping views at the top. Have a bit of old-fashioned fun in the amusement park perched on the headland.

With the French border so close, extend your San Sebastian holiday and take a bus or a train to some of France’s prettiest Basque towns, including the fishing village of St-Jean-de-Luz. Just beyond is Biarritz, a royal resort, which is also one of Europe’s most popular surf-holiday destinations.

San Sebastian’s historic streets, sheltered beaches, mountain scenery and buzzing restaurant scene make this Spanish coastal city an alluring choice for an unforgettable city break. It’s one of the most appealing places to soak up Basque culture – and fill up on innovative and renowned Basque cuisine.

Where to stay in San Sebastian

Barceló Costa Vasca
Barceló Costa Vasca
4 out of 5
Avenida Pio Baroja 15, San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £90 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Located in San Sebastian Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Concha Promenade and Ondarreta Beach. Concha Beach and Monte Igueldo are also within ...
4.2/5Very Good! (952 reviews)
"it was a nice room, very clean, but here and there needs a bit of makeover, a few things need to be repair, rather than that the check-in at 2 am due to late travelling was excellent. I would recommend this hotel and going back again :)"

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2020

Barceló Costa Vasca
Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra
Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra
4 out of 5
Zubieta Kalea, 2, San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa
The price is £141 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Located in San Sebastian Centro, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of Concha Promenade and Concha Beach. Ondarreta Beach ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (987 reviews)
Best location in town
"Amazing location. Only small issue was to understand where to park the car and an overpriced and rather poor restaurant (with great views thought)."

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2020

Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra
NH Collection San Sebastián Aránzazu
NH Collection San Sebastián Aránzazu
4 out of 5
Vitoria-Gasteiz 1, San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa
The price is £90 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Located in Antiguo, this boutique hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ondarreta Beach and Concha Beach. Monte Igueldo and Bay of Biscay are also within 3 miles ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (620 reviews)
Nice hotel
"Just a nice and (what I paid) a reasonable priced hotel I Donostia."

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2021

NH Collection San Sebastián Aránzazu
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Markulluko Borda Rural Suites
Markulluko Borda Rural Suites
3 out of 5
Bagordiko Bidea s / n, Elizondo, Baztan, Navarra
Situated in Baztan, this apartment building is 6.5 mi (10.4 km) from Señorío de Bértiz Natural Park and within 20 miles (32 km) of Cuevas de Zuggaramurdi and ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"La estancia fue muy agradable, desde el recibimiento hasta la despedida. El apartamento estaba completamente equipado, mucho más que la mayoría de apartamentos donde nos hemos alojado. las vistas desde balcón son espectaculares."

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2020

Markulluko Borda Rural Suites
Camping Ariztigain
Camping Ariztigain
2 out of 5
Calle Añerdi Auzoa, 11, Sumbilla
Situated in Sumbilla, this campsite is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Señorío de Bértiz Natural Park and within 20 miles (32 km) of La Rhune and Ecological Park Plaiaundi. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Tranquil
"Lovely location. We onlly stopped for one night but would consider a longer stay"

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2019

Camping Ariztigain
Eskola 87, The Basque Country
Eskola 87, The Basque Country
Gardata Auzoa, 1, Ispaster, Basque Country
This family-friendly Ispaster cottage is located by the sea, within 2 mi (3 km) of Basilica of La Asuncion de Santa Maria and Bay of Biscay. Isuntza hondartza ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (34 reviews)
Excellent in every way
"It was a joy to be able to stay in this beautifully renovated house with so much history! Ann and Kerman were really lovely and went out of their way to make sure we all enjoyed our stay. The house is well equipped with high quality furniture, kitchen ware, it has everything you could need. We appreciated ..."

Reviewed on 2 Oct 2020

Eskola 87, The Basque Country
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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