What to do in San Sebastian

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San Sebastian Attractions

The picturesque city of San Sebastian is one of northern Spain’s culinary and cultural hotspots. Offering a spectacular beach, a wealth of watersports and great shopping, the city has more than enough to keep you busy during your stay. Plus, with the Basque region’s stunning countryside on your doorstep, there’s plenty more to discover once you’ve experienced the sights and sounds of this intoxicating city.

Areas & Neighbourhoods in San Sebastian

Parte Vieja – San Sebastian’s old town takes in the traditional heart of the city. Home to beautiful churches, winding streets and a great choice of bars and cafes, this is the perfect place to start your exploration of the city.

Downtown – The liveliest part of San Sebastian boasts a wealth of restaurants, shops and local businesses. Visit the Catedral del Buen Pastor, the Koldo Mitxelena Arts Centre and the Plaza del Buen to get a good feel for the area and its attractions.

Gros – Just across the Urumea River is a fantastic selection of high quality tapas bars, picturesque streets and one of the city’s main train stations. Gros also boasts Zurriola beach, one of the prettiest stretches of sand you will find in the area.

Zona Romantica – One of the best parts of San Sebastian for nightlife, the Zona Romantica boasts a number of stylish cafes, a choice of live music pubs and a famous jazz cafe. Head to this district to enjoy a lively night out and to see how the locals party.

Things to See in San Sebastian

Start your sightseeing tour of San Sebastian with a trip to the top of Monte Igueldo where you’ll be able to enjoy breathtaking views of La Concha Bay and the city. Next, visit the 19th century Miramar Palace, with its surprisingly English aesthetic style and its pretty garden. Head on to the ornate San Sebastian Cathedral and the delightful Basilica of Saint Mary of the Chorus. Other sights in San Sebastian include the El Peine del Viento (The Wind Comb) sculpture which is located at the far west of Playa Ondarreta, the Kursaal Congress Centre and the tranquil Mount Ulia park.

Things to Do in San Sebastian

Shop for traditional goods and souvenirs in the city’s old town, sample some local delicacies in one of its many tapas bars or explore San Sebastian’s historic sights and unique cultural heritage. If you’re a fan of sun, sea and adventure, San Sebastian is the perfect destination as the city boasts some of the best beaches in the area. Surfing is a popular activity in the local waters, or you can try your hand at kayaking, water skiing or sailing. The area around San Sebastian offers a wealth of hiking opportunities, while the city and surrounding countryside is also perfect for exploring on two wheels.

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