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10 things to do in San Sebastian

10 things to do in San Sebastian

1) Parte vieja (old town)

San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
A walk in the heart of San Sebastian, Parte vieja. It is considered the best nightlife spot and the best place to grab pintxos. The liveliest place with pedestrian friendly streets tends to coincide among locals, who begin their nights out pintxos barhopping. It should be on top of your list while visiting San Sebastian!!

2) Museo de san telmo

Plaza Zuloaga, 1, 20003 San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, Spain
Gaudi, Picasso, Miro is all in Spain. But this understated “new” Museum really digs deep into the Basque history and culture. It is the biggest museum of Basque history from prehistoric times to modernity and also the oldest museum inaugurated in 1902. The mixture of renaissance, Gothic and contemporary design creates a fascinating play of architectural styles and the extensive collection of Basque artifacts provides an exciting insight into the country’s history. TIP- enjoy the audio guide available at entrance.

3) Mala gissona beer house

Zabaleta Kalea, 53, 20002 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Looking for amazing beer and a good snack, you’ll love this place! This place is an oasis for beer lovers in this part of the world. Along with the amazing brewed beers they serve you the best burgers in San Sebastian. The sauces are divine!

4) La Concha beach

De la Concha Ibilbidea, San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

The picture-perfect white sand beach of the Bahía de la Concha (Bay of Concha) is the most iconic sight in San Sebastian. With a wide shoreline and mesmerizing turquoise waves, this expansive beach extends for more than a kilometer. Renowned as Europe’s most beautiful urban shorelines has been declared as summer capital of Europe. TIP- Enjoy the various beach activities and enjoy surfing in the waves!!

5) Pintxos food tours

 San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Spain
San Sebastian is most renowned for its outstanding cuisine. The city is filled with a wide range of pintxos bars, offering traditional Basque dishes and wines. Try the famous Keith’s tour of pintxos bar in parte vieja and taste the best pintxos with a glass of wine or cider accompanying it. TIP- Order from the specials boards to enjoy mouthwatering pintxos.

6) Mount igueldo and the funicular 

Plaza Del Funicular, 4, 20008 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

Monte Igueldo is situated west of town and offers a dazzling panorama over San Sebastian’s coastlines and mountains. The mountain can be accessed via the antique funicular railway, which was first opened in 1912. Monte Igueldo also possesses an old fashioned amusement park, with the reasonably priced individual rides. Additionally it features the El Torreon tower, dating back to the 16th century. Visitors can climb the tower to enjoy the dazzling views and the historic exhibition inside the tower for a small fee.

7) Aquarium 

Plaza de Carlos Blasco Imaz, 1, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
 A popular tourist attraction, it is filled with colorful species from tropical fish to sharks. The aquarium also features an Oceanographic Museum with exhibits that display ship models, navigational instruments, and documents. A highlight of the museum is the Oceanarium, an underwater exhibition space. A walkway leads through a clear tunnel with 360-degree views of the swimming fish, sharks, and sea turtles in the aquarium.

8) Antonio bar

Bergara Kalea, 3, 20005 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Hidden gem of San Sebastian!! This tiny place serves the best pintxos of the town and the service is also always perfect: welcoming and efficient with good sense of humor too. They change the menu everyday with the freshest products they’ve found in the market that morning. The place is full of locals and it is not unusual to see Michelin starred chefs like Arzak, Berasategui, etc. hanging out here; and that is always a good sign!!!

9) Ondaretta beach

Avenida de Satrustegui, San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

Ondarreta Beach is a lively beach that swells with holiday goers during summertime. On the Bahía de la Concha, the Playa de Ondarreta borders Monte Igueldo and the grounds of the Palacio de Miramar. This fine sandy beach is a great place for sunbathing, strolling, and playing beach volleyball, or for taking a stroll along the promenade. The 100-meter-wide shoreline extends for a kilometer, offering an impressive total surface area with plenty of space for sunbathing. 

10)  Playa de la Zurriola: surfer’s beach 

Zurriola Ibilbidea, s/n, 20002 San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, Spain
This well-known surfers' beach is in a commercial district of San Sebastian that has many sports shops, large department stores, and art galleries. The Playa de la Zurriola draws surfers from all over the world because of its challenging waves and surf competitions. This beach is also a favorite destination of sports enthusiasts, who come here to play beach volleyball, football, and beach tennis.