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.

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

NH Collection San Sebastián Aránzazu
NH Collection San Sebastián Aránzazu
4 out of 5
Vitoria-Gasteiz 1, San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa, 20018
The price is £159 per night from 30 Jun to 1 Jul
Stay at this 4-star boutique hotel in San Sebastian. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (697 reviews)
"Good hotel. A bit noisy street. The mini refrigerator kept making noise. However overall was a good experience"

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2022

NH Collection San Sebastián Aránzazu
Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra
Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra
4 out of 5
Zubieta Kalea, 2, San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa, 20007
The price is £253 per night from 27 Jul to 28 Jul
Stay at this 4-star luxury hotel in San Sebastian. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (980 reviews)
"Perfectly situated looking out over the beautiful bay and situated adjacent to the old town. Our room was large and well equipped. On the pricey side but worth it if you want to push the boat out. Pay for a sea view worth the extra."

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2022

Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra
Lasala Plaza Hotel
Lasala Plaza Hotel
4 out of 5
Plaza Lasala, 2, San Sebastian, Guipuzcoa, 20003
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £327 per night from 17 Jul to 18 Jul
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in San Sebastian. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (363 reviews)
"Amazing small hotel. Love the decor and technology in the room and around the hotel. The rooftop has an incredible view. Location is unbeatable, next to the beach and inside the old town (casco histórico). A few steps from all the action, but still quiet. Service was top-notch, making you feel welcomed ..."

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2022

Lasala Plaza Hotel
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Numad Studios
Numad Studios
3 out of 5
Paseo de Miramón, 162, San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa, 20014
The price is £96 per night from 10 Jul to 11 Jul
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in San Sebastian. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the breakfast and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (98 reviews)
Go from quiet solitude to lively street parties in 15min
"The busses will take you from your forest home to a fun active restaurant scene in minutes, and the run frequently so waiting for one is not an issue. If you have a car it stays in front of the hotel that is lined with spaces free of charge. Lots of them! The room is sparse nut clean and efficient ..."

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2022

Numad Studios
Legazpi Doce Rooms & Suites
Legazpi Doce Rooms & Suites
3.5 out of 5
Calle Legazpi, 12, San Sebastian, 20004
The price is £172 per night from 26 Jul to 27 Jul
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly pension in San Sebastian. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and dry cleaning or laundry services. Our guests praise ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (103 reviews)
"Excellent condition and great location! Totally recommend"

Reviewed on 24 Jun 2022

Legazpi Doce Rooms & Suites
Irenaz Resort Hotel Apartamentos
Irenaz Resort Hotel Apartamentos
2 out of 5
Pº Oriamendi, 94, Aiete · Miramón, San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa, 20009
Stay at this golf apartment in San Sebastian. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the comfy beds in their reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (62 reviews)
"The place is wonderful. It is a great place for long-stays. The views are beautiful and this is a plus"

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2020

Irenaz Resort Hotel Apartamentos
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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