Weekend in Donostia / San Sebastián


San Sebastián - Donostia, small but fascinating, hides places of luxury and distinction, mixed with charming places, to enjoy on a weekend.

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Donostiako Udala - Ayuntamiento de Donostia / San Sebastián


Be dazzled by the distinction of this place

  • These gardens located in front of the City Hall and the Bahía de la Concha are one of the most typical sights of Donostia / San Sebastián.


  • The carousel is a work of art that is worth approaching and contemplating every detail: horses, planes, dolphins, cars, swans, floats, tigers and giraffes in the purest Belle Épo style that fill the two heights of this carousel.


  • In the heart of Bahía de la Concha, with the incessant atmosphere of the Old Town behind you and with the tranquility of the Alderdi Eder gardens facing you, the City Hall is undoubtedly a mandatory stopping point.


  • Walk the façade and appreciate the architecture of the Town Hall and then walk slowly through the Gardens that surround it.


  • The garden was designed in 1880 and stands out for the presence of a hundred tamarinds (the most identifying trees of the city) that provide shade to the space, as well as flower beds and green hedges, a pond and various fountains and statues.


  • Elegant palm trees complete the ensemble of these gardens, together with a huge merry-go-round that recalls the time of the Belle Epoquè and delights the little ones. This carousel is a replica of the carousel from 1900 and was installed in Donostia around 1998 to remember that golden age in which the city offered attractions of all kinds for tourists.


  • The City Hall occupies a majestic building that was built as a luxury Casino in 1887 and served as such until its closure in 1924.


  • In January 1947 it became the Town Hall of the city, when the city council changed its headquarters from the Plaza de la Constitución.


  • We begin our day Friday knowing a strategic point of the city, the Town Hall and the Alderdi Eder Gardens that, accompanied by the Bahía de la Concha, will give us a small great panorama of those that this distinguished city will give us.


  • Free


  • 0 min - 15 min


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Mercado de la Bretxa


The traditional market of the city

  • Walking through the beautiful Alameda del Boulevard, we will take San Juan Street to the left, to find the traditional Donostiarra Market.


  • It is an old-fashioned sales place, with 32 stalls of vegetables, meats, fish that survive any trend with an infallible formula: tradition, quality product and affection for its customers.


  • It's no wonder you find yourself shopping from some of the city's most famous chefs, as they visit almost daily.


  • The La Bretxa Market has changed a lot, although its essence remains intact, when it opened its eyes in 1870 and owes its name to the fact that the Duke of Berwick's troops, who stormed the city in the 18th century, opened two breaches in the wall of Donostia.


  • The original project underwent remodeling over time. The two main buildings remain from those days, one of them was exclusively for fishmongers.


  • Today on the surface, on one side of Calle de San Juan, there are the stalls of the landladies or baserritarras, who bring products from nearby villages.


  • And on the ground floor, the meat and fish stalls, greengrocers, delicatessens, delicatessens and more. This is where the people of Donostia come to buy when they want something good.


  • We continue the morning, getting to know a place so traditional that it becomes a must, where the locals choose their food like someone discovering rough diamonds.


  • Free


  • 15 min - 30 min


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Monday to Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sundays closed.


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Teatro Victoria Eugenia


Artistic city icon

  • Located next to the Urumea river, the Victoria Eugenia Theater is one of the emblematic buildings of the city.


  • The exterior beauty of the Theater is really outstanding, so it is a must to know it from the outside.


  • It is also an excellent plan to visit the plays offered by the theater, as an alternative for a night out, on its website you will find information on plays, rates and schedules.


  • Since its inauguration in 1912, this emblem of the city has witnessed countless events, including the International Film Festival until 1999.


  • It was built together with the Hotel de María Cristina and the Okendo Gardens, forming a monumental public space. With a neo-Plateresque facade, it is a real gem to admire.


  • With a typical design of the Belle Epoque but with a spirit of the most current, since its recent rehabilitation in 2007 has transformed it into an innovative scenic space, equipped with the most modern equipment and services, it offers throughout the year a varied and constantly changing programming.


  • We continue our walk knowing an architecturally beautiful and culturally rich site.


  • Free


  • 943 481160


  • 0 min - 15 min


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Hotel María Cristina


Extraordinary building with an unbeatable location

  • It is located a few meters from the Victoria Eugenia Theater and bordering the river that embellishes it even more.


  • Decorated with sobriety and elegance, they have all the comforts and categories for all tastes: with views of the garden or the river, deluxe rooms, premium rooms and suites. If you travel as a family, you can opt for the family rooms, spacious and with excellent beds for the little ones. But do not forget that it is a luxury hotel and it is reflected in its prices.


  • Appreciate every detail of its exterior and stop at the views it offers towards the bank of the river on one side and towards the sea on the other. It is a very charming place.


  • The María Cristina hotel is one of those places with aura, which has much more than what meets the eye. It is a proud hotel that has known part of the history of San Sebastián since it was inaugurated in 1912. In addition, it is the headquarters of international actors who attend the famous Film Festival of the city.


  • This recently renovated establishment has managed to preserve its décor inspired by the Belle Époque. Every corner of the hall and the stately corridors is a good place to stop to admire the details: the columns, the portraits, the chandeliers.


  • Not going through here would be a sin, so we will stop on our tour to observe this wonderful building, today one of the most luxurious hotels in the city.


  • Free


  • 0 min - 15 min


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours.


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Plaza de Gipuzkoa


One of the most beautiful squares in the city

  • Located in the center of the city, it is one of the most emblematic places of the Bella Epoqué.


  • In front of the square we find the Palace of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, an impressive neoclassical building that presents the busts of illustrious Gipuzkoan sailors on its façade.


  • Throughout the year, the square serves as the stage for the celebration of various events. In summer, for example, book fairs are held and children's attractions are placed. It is also advisable to visit the nativity scene that is installed on Christmas dates.


  • It was designed by the prestigious French gardener Pierre Ducasse. Composed of a large number and variety of trees, flowers and plants, its small lake stands out in which ducks and swans swim, which delight the youngest of the family.


  • Crossed by a wooden and iron bridge, on the other side of the lake is a small pond of plants.


  • The monument to the San Sebastian musician José María Usandizaga. A complex meteorological temple. A large white marble hour table. A huge clock built with flowers of various colors.


  • We continue the morning discovering green space, full of charm and romanticism, it is like a small English forest located in the heart of the city.


  • Free


  • 0 min - 15 min


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Catedral del Buen Pastor de San Sebastián


The Romantic Cathedral

  • It is located in the heart of the city and surrounds by the square of the same name that endows it with great beauty. In the back we find two renowned buildings, which houses the Koldo Mitxelena Cultural Center and the Post Office.


  • This imposing cathedral makes only the exterior worthy of admiration, but it is worth entering to see the ornaments and especially the organ and if the sun enters, the play of light that it causes when passing through the colorful windows of the cathedral.


  • Its entrance is free even in the hours outside the cult.


  • Opened in 1897, its ogival-style aesthetic is inspired by medieval churches in Germany and France. Proof of this inspiration is the sharp spire that crowns the building and which gives it the category of the highest in Donostia.


  • In its main façade, it stands out “La Cruz de la Paz with its 1,915 m2 is the largest church in the entire city. The Cathedral was built with slate and stone from Monte Igueldo.


  • The organ is one of the most important treasures of the cathedral. Its construction dates from 1954 and is said to have been one of the largest organs in Europe and of course the largest in Spain.


  • It is time to visit the impressive Cathedral of San Sebastian, undoubtedly its most important and outstanding church.


  • Free


  • 15 min - 30 min


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Monday to Sunday from 08:00 to 12:30 and from 17:00 to 20:00.


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Playa de La Concha


Find out why it is one of the most famous beaches in Europe

  • It is the heart of the city, it does not matter if it is summer or winter, easily accessible, you will arrive without loss.


  • The walk either on the stone floor of the promenade or on the sand of the beach (when the tide allows it) is fabulous and allows us to discover the forms and ways of a city that is looked at every day in this authentic mirror of the Cantabrian Sea.


  • Walk its 1300 meters of beach to its border with the Miramar Palace and Ondarreta Beach and discover its unparalleled beauty.


  • Find a place early because it is one of the busiest beaches and if you go late it may be difficult to find a good place.


  • This beach is perfect to visit if you have a child because it is shallow and the waves are very soft.


  • Playa de la Concha, considered one of the 12 treasures of Spain, is a perfect place to rest and simply spend a few hours enjoying the sun and the sea.


  • Along the Paseo de la Concha we find several elements with their own personality and recognized outside the city: the Concha railing (one of the most universal icons of the city, unmistakable thanks to its ornamental forms), the street lamps (which serve award at the Film Festival), the area of "the watches" (main access to the beach), the area of La Perla (with its different offers of thalassotherapy, hospitality, sports associations ...). All these elements make walks through La Concha (along the beach or along the urban promenade) an unavoidable activity for tourists and locals.


  • We finish the morning on La Concha beach, the essential par excellence, without a doubt. You cannot step on Donostia and not have known the most beautiful urban beach on the continent. It is, for sure, the purest and most emblematic maritime soul of Donostia.


  • Free


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Palacio de Miramar


Beautiful English-style palace built in 1893

  • We recommend visiting the Miramar Palace because it is in a privileged location from where you can enjoy one of the best panoramic views of San Sebastián. It is located halfway between La Concha beach and Ondarreta beach.


  • In fact, it is listed as one of the two best views in the entire city.


  • The spectacular Miramar Palace is one of the essential places in San Sebastián, be sure to visit it both for its great historical value and for the impressive views that you will observe from the place.


  • The palace parks are open to the public and it is a place where you can even have a picnic if you wish. Currently there are no guided tours inside.


  • The Miramar Palace is one of the most important and visited historical monuments in San Sebastián.


  • The interior space is spacious and luxurious. The furniture and decoration will make you feel as if you were taking a trip back in time or at least it will give you a very clear idea of how it was lived in the late 19th century.


  • It served as the summer residence of Queen Maria Cristina and other members of the royal family from 1887 for almost a century after being sold to the San Sebastián City Council (currently it serves as the headquarters of the Summer Courses of the University of the Basque Country and the Centro Superior of Music).


  • We start the afternoon in this beautiful English-style palace that has well-preserved facilities, as well as beautiful gardens that are worth visiting.


  • Free


  • +34 943 21 90 22


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Monday to Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


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Playa de Ondarreta


The most family-friendly beach in Donostia

  • It is located in the shelter of Monte Igueldo and at the foot of the Miramar Palace, in the heart of Bahía de la Concha.


  • It is the least known of the three beaches in the city, and the least crowded in summer.


  • It has a playground in the sand itself, which will delight the little ones.


  • If you are looking for the tranquility of lying in the sun, more than half a kilometer long and more than 100 meters wide full of fine golden sand, this beach is the ideal place for it.


  • And if you are an adventurous person who enjoys sports, this beach also offers many possibilities such as canoe rental. In addition, beach volleyball, shovel or soccer are true classics of this beach.


  • Its moderate waves will allow you to enjoy the sea and swim to Isla Santa Clara, a small paradise with crystal clear waters located in the center of La Concha Bay. Not without first taking a short break in the gabarrón and jumping down its slide.


  • It is a very well equipped beach with the typical blue and white awnings that you can rent. It also has changing rooms and showers so you can enjoy the sand and the sea to the fullest, and leave ready to discover the Antiguo neighborhood, eat at any of the restaurants in the area or walk the entire walk to El Peine del Viento.


  • Surrounded by a promenade that reaches El Peine del Viento, you can stroll through the Ondarreta Gardens. These gardens decorated with symmetrical floral ensembles fill the area with color, making walking among them very pleasant.


  • Continuing this afternoon, enjoy this spectacular beach, because of its location, its waters and the activities it offers, it is the ideal place for families, but also for those looking for a bit of adventure or relaxing on the sand.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Peine del Viento


The emblematic sculpture of the city

  • Located at the end of La Concha Bay, where Ondarreta Beach ends.


  • When you are there, be quiet and pay attention to the sound that comes out of the pipes placed on the floor.


  • There are several properly designed holes in the ground, which allow the waves to pass underneath and then be launched into the sky through small openings in the ground. But be careful, since at high tide these jets of water can reach seven meters in height.


  • This sculpture was made by the artist Eduardo Chillida. In total there are three 10-ton pieces that are embedded in the stone. A true beauty, especially when the waves crash over them.


  • The waves crash violently against the rocks while, at the same time, the wind is "combed" by the sculptures.


  • It is a meeting point for locals and tourists who end their walk along the coast here.


  • Our tour takes us to know, The Wind Comb has been cleaning the Cantabrian horizons for more than three decades, it is a set of 3 large pieces of steel on the rocks, which you cannot miss, they are the emblem of the city.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Monte Igueldo


Monte Igueldo

  • Monte Igueldo is located in the extreme west of San Sebastián, between Ondarreta beach and Peine del Viento.


  • You can choose to go up by funicular or by car, depending on your preferences and possibilities.


  • To go up to the mountain, you can leave your car in the parking lot that is right next to the entrance to the funiculars.


  • Just getting on the funicular is a great experience because it is more than a century old. The walk is very beautiful, as you go up you will discover the most beautiful landscapes. The entrance to the funicular is at the end of Ondarreta beach, just before reaching the Peine del Viento.


  • The entrance and hours to the amusement park that is in the mount, is perfectly explained in the website of the place.


  • This site is a privileged place because the best views of the bay are obtained from here.


  • At the top, there is an old amusement park that has a Swiss mountain and bumper cars, especially for the family and young children. It is an old park that has its charm although it does not stand out for its great attractions.


  • There is also a medieval-style keep that served as a lighthouse for a long time, which is located inside the amusement park.


  • The Panoramic Terraces of Monte Igueldo offer the best view of Donostia-San Sebastián, the famous view from Monte Igueldo is known worldwide and is possibly the most widespread image of the city, you cannot miss it.


  • Discover the most beautiful panoramic view of the city towards the Bahía de la Concha, both day and night, with or without sun, you will enjoy having gone up here, a perfect plan for the night.


  • Funicular: Round trip ticket Adults € 3.75 / Children * € 2.50.


  • Single ticket Adults € 2.30 / Children * € 1.50.


  • Enclosure / Viewpoint: Any vehicle or on foot € 2.30.


  • Amusement park: each attraction has a cost per person between € 1 and € 5.


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Funicular 10: 00-22: 00 (every 15 minutes).


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Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Coro


The patron saint of San Sebastián

  • Located at the crossroads of streets 31 de Agosto and Mayor of the "Old Part" of San Sebastián, you will find this majestic basilica that you will see when you walk down the street from a distance.


  • The traditional act of the Salve, which takes place every August 14 (the eve of the feast of the Virgin) in the basilica, brings together many faithful, who have the opportunity to listen to the Donostiarra Choir, one of the most prestigious choirs of Europe.


  • Also here are celebrated the festivities of the day of San Sebastián (January 20), the day of the Virgin (August 15) and the day of the Virgen del Coro (September 8).


  • It is an impressive 18th century baroque work. Of this work of art, the baroque façade of Churrigueresque nuance stands out, presided over by a sculpture of San Sebastián Mártir and the main altarpiece dedicated to the Virgen del Coro, patron saint of the city.


  • Next to the baptismal font, you can see a cross-shaped sculpture by Eduardo Chillida.


  • The Basilica was built between 1743 and 1774, on the floor of a previous temple that occupied the same space.


  • The main door coincides in a straight line with the entrance to the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.


  • We start our morning touring the well-known old part of the city, and we do it as the first stop at the remarkable basilica of the Coro, patron saint of the city.


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Monday to Sunday between 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and from 4:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.


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Calle 31 de Agosto


Discover the charm of the old part of San Sebastián

  • Full of tourist attractions, on our way we will admire the Bay of the Cantabrian Sea and the Zurriola Bridge, from where we can see the Congress Palace.


  • Through its streets, we will arrive at the oldest building in San Sebastián: the church of San Vicente.


  • Get lost in the streets of Casco Viejo and take the opportunity to buy a souvenir to take home.


  • The old town has very beautiful details, such as the Plaza de la Constitución and its numbered balconies. These remember the times when it functioned as a bullring.


  • For those who are attracted to art, the old town offers a fundamental axis to explore. Loyola-Hernani-Calle Mayor streets.


  • There is the Basilica of Santa María del Coro with its rococo-baroque façade of great beauty.


  • One of the main attractions of Donostia is undoubtedly its excellent gastronomy and the variety of pintxos. This part of the city offers a diversity of very good places to enjoy them.


  • We continue the morning touring the entire old neighborhood, a space full of history, which will make you go back to the past, especially while you walk through its ancient and narrow streets that intersect everywhere.


  • The Old Town is one of the most significant places in the city.


  • One of the most famous streets is known as August 31st.


  • 15 min - 30 min


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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San Telmo Museoa


The most important museum in San Sebastián

  • Located easily accessible on foot or by bus.


  • If you are going to visit the Museum, you should know that occasionally events, concerts and other cultural events are held. To see the events organized, check the museum's official website.


  • It was inaugurated in 1902, becoming the oldest museum in the Basque Country. It is currently completely renovated and has been transformed into a Museum of Basque Society and Citizenship.


  • Here you can see how the evolution of Basque society has been through art. In itself, visiting it just for its ancient architecture is already a highly recommended experience.


  • It has more than 35,000 inventoried pieces of Ethnography, Fine Arts, Photography, Archeology and History.


  • The museum consists of three floors. On the ground floor is the old church and the cloister where the archeology collection is exhibited.


  • On the first floor, there is a very complete gallery of Basque artists. And an ethnographic collection.


  • On the second floor, works by both Basque artists and Spanish artists from other regions are exhibited.


  • An obligatory stop to continue your visit to San Sebastián, it is the main and most important museum in the city that was built on an old 16th century convent.


  • General admission 6 euros. Reduced 3 euros.


  • 34 943 48 15 80


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday closed (except holidays or bridges).


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Monte Urgull


Transport yourself to the past and discover the great monume

  • The one recommended for its beauty is the one that goes up from Plaza Zuloaga and goes down to Paseo Nuevo. This path starts next to the San Telmo Museum and ascends through an easily accessible asphalt path.


  • At the top, the impressive statue of the Sacred Heart and the fortifications and cannons of Castillo de la Mota await your arrival.


  • In total there are 4 paths that lead to the top of the Mount, each of them begins at a different point. Next to the Basilica of Santa María. In front of the San Telmo Museum, at the confluence of Mari and Virgen del Coro streets or on Paseo Nuevo.


  • If we look at the history of Monte Urgull, we will see that it had a defensive work in its origins. Along this elevation fortifications were arranged to defend the city. There are still remains.


  • It has three viewpoints: the viewpoint of the battery of the ladies, viewpoint of Castillo de la Mota and finally El Baluarte del Mirador.


  • This place is recognized as the last bastion of local resistance in the siege of the French troops in 1813.


  • The small castle at the top is one of its main attractions


  • The Sacred Heart, with its more than 12 meters high, has blessed the city since 1950 from the top of Mount. The statue rests on a base that houses a chapel and that makes it a monument of more than 24 meters in height that can be seen more than 4 miles from the sea.


  • At the end of the morning, discover one of the three lungs of the city, Mount Urgull will envelop you in a halo of tranquility, with paved roads, surrounded by exotic vegetation and that hide viewpoints with postcard scenes over San Sebastián.


  • Located at one end of La Concha Bay, the old part of the city is the guardian.


  • Access to Mount Urgull is closed at night


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    from May 1 to September 30 08: 00-21: 00; from October 1 to April 30 08: 00-19: 30 hours.


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Centro Kursaal Elkargunea


One of the most modern buildings in the city

  • There are many ways to get to know the Kursaal and any of them is the perfect option. Both inside and outside, these two "cubes" designed by the architect Rafael Moneo offer different possibilities for each day of the year.


  • Located at the mouth of the Urumea river and at the foot of Zurriola beach.


  • Together with the Palacio de Congresos, the Kursaal auditorium forms a large architectural complex that we recommend visiting.


  • Important events such as the San Sebastián Film Festival, as well as the Classical Music Festival, among many others, take place in its facilities.


  • In its beginnings in this location was the great Kursaal, a very recognized and privileged palace inaugurated in 1921 that functioned as a casino.


  • Thus, in 1999 the building that now occupies this privileged place in front of Zurriola beach and next to the mouth of the Urumea River was completed.


  • One of the great expressions of contemporary architecture, a work of art that since its construction is a hallmark of Donostia, a conference center that houses everything from festivals to fairs of all kinds.


  • We start the afternoon with a mandatory stop to get to know the Kursaal Auditorium up close, this imposing building that we see from the other side of the city and the cradle of the current San Sebastian Festival.


  • On its website you will find the options related to your visit and the works that are presented. Each one with a different cost and schedule, being able to purchase tickets online or at the box office.


  • 943 003 000


  • 15 min - 30 min


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Open in the afternoon on concert days.


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Zurriola beach


The surf side of Donostia

  • It is the favorite destination of surfers and young people from all over the world. In Zurriola you can find championships and constant surf courses.


  • And once a year, in the month of July, Zurriola Beach becomes the center of the Jazz universe.


  • Zurriola beach is located between the foot of Mount Ulía and the mouth of the Urumea river into the sea, in the Gros neighborhood.


  • From Zurriola beach you can walk on Mount Ulía to the neighboring Pasajes de San Juan.


  • Waves, surf and youth. These are the main components of Zurriola Beach, the beach with the most movement and surfing atmosphere in Donostia / San Sebastián.


  • Zurriola offers a pleasant stretch of sand with a length of approximately 800 meters and a width of 110 meters.


  • Since nudism was allowed in Zurriola in 2004, this is one of the few urban beaches in Spain where it is allowed to be naked. Despite this, most are still betting on the swimsuit.


  • There are several surf schools on the beach. Surfboards are rented throughout the year. Zurriola surf beach offers fun for all levels.


  • The waves at Zurriola can be big. In autumn and winter, more experienced surfers come here, while beginners and students usually come in summer


  • We start our afternoon at the third beach that the city gives us, the only beach outside La Concha bay and with a totally different sea, in contrast to La Concha and Ondarreta but just as beautiful.


  • It is the best beach in the city to practice ball sports. There are volleyball nets in a special area reserved for sports.


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Gros


The youngest and most surfing neighborhood in Donostia

  • At the other end of the neighborhood, there is Mount Ulia, walking along its trails in the middle of the forest and skirting the cliffs is an experience that you cannot imagine living in a city. In addition, the views from its watchtowers and cliffs are impressive.


  • And at the foot of Ulia, the Sagüés area is located, a meeting place for young and old either to practice sports or to chat quietly. Sit on its wall like one more from Donostia and enjoy one of the most spectacular sunsets in San Sebastián.


  • At one end the Kursaal, at the other Mount Ulia and between them lies Gros.


  • A place where it is common to meet surfers, families walking through its streets and squares.


  • It is common to see people pedaling on their bikes, running, playing basketball or on a skateboard. And it is that in Gros sports and beach go hand in hand.


  • After strolling through the coastal area, enter the heart of the neighborhood, because this is where you will get to know the true essence of Gros. The pedestrian streets such as Peña and Goñi or Calle Zabaleta are clear examples of the life that the neighborhood has.


  • Plaza Catalunya, with a park for children and as many trees as terraces, is a place of fun for young and old.


  • Ending the afternoon and starting the night in the Gros neighborhood, it takes you to discover the modern side of the city, the local design fashion, the surfing spirit and many of the best places to taste the famous typical pintxos of the region. The afternoon ends and the night begins in this neighborhood of San Sebastián.


  • Cosmopolitan, dynamic and young, it has become one of the liveliest neighborhoods in the city, thanks to its many pintxo bars and terraces and its charming shops.


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Puerto de San Sebastián


The port essence that still lasts

  • Touring the port early in the morning or at sunset is a beautiful sight. Do not forget to capture in a photo that wonderful natural landscape.


  • If you are interested in fishing cities and the maritime world, I recommend entering the museum. The visit lasts approximately 1 hour.


  • It is located at the eastern end of La Concha bay, at the foot of the statue of the Sacred Heart that crowns Mount Urgull.


  • It is a small triangular-shaped port, with a fishing dock and another recreational dock.


  • The Port of San Sebastián is one of the most special corners of the city. It is not the largest but it is one of the most charming, since it preserves much of the infrastructure of yesteryear.


  • Here you can breathe the most deeply-rooted tradition of the region. The port preserves all its essence in its fishing houses, its moored boats and the smell of the sea.


  • To learn more about port culture, the maritime museum is located in the middle of the port.


  • Also here at the end of the port is the Aquarium renowned attraction of the city.


  • The sunset here is magical, especially if there are boats in the bay, which turn into interesting silhouettes. From the port you can also enjoy the beautiful views of La Concha and Monte Igueldo.


  • We start on Sunday in a port considered one of the most romantic places in the city, small, cozy and old, without a doubt, a place that you cannot miss.


  • 15 min - 30 min


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Aquarium


The most recognized Oceanographic Museum in Europe

  • If you like souvenirs and souvenirs, inside the Aquarium you will find a shop with objects and gifts for children and adults.


  • When planning your visit to the Aquarium, remember that guided tours and events are held inside. To check dates, visit the aquarium website.


  • This aquarium receives more than 300,000 visits a year, so depending on the season you will meet many tourists. Even so, the tour is quite fast and it is very interesting.


  • Built in 1928, it has been remodeled and modernized in 2008. This aquarium is a must-see. In addition, it is very close to the historic center, in a beautiful and picturesque place by the sea.


  • One of the highlights of this aquarium is the skeleton of a right whale.


  • It has a spectacular 360-degree tunnel through which you can observe the more than 200 species of fish that the aquarium has.


  • Another of its attractions is the tactile aquarium, where you can touch some of the species.


  • We leave the port and continue our tour at the San Sebastián Aquarium. In it you can also see a large part of the relationship of the people of Donostia with the sea.


  • If you don't have small children, don't forget to visit this magnificent aquarium because it also has interesting exhibitions on the fishing and naval history of San Sebastián.


  • Adults 13 euros. Children from 4 to 12 years old: 6.50 euros. Children under 4 years old free access


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 19:00. Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


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Paseo Nuevo


The Donostia breakwater

  • This New Walk begins at the Aquarium, skirting the entire Mount Urgull and ends at the Urumea River, at the Kursaal. Take your camera ready because it is one of the most simple but beautiful places in the city.


  • A charming tour to do at all times of the day but especially at sunset that does not take you more than 45 minutes.


  • Keep in mind that in adverse weather it may be closed to traffic for security reasons.


  • Cars can also circulate along the promenade although it is a very quiet area to walk without any risk for children since circulation is quite scarce.


  • The Paseo Nuevo was inaugurated in 1916 after an old desire since in principle it belonged to Monte Urgull.


  • The Paseo Nuevo project was carried out in 1915. Initially, it consisted of a 10-meter wide road and two sidewalks, one on each side. It was executed in three sections. The first two were inaugurated in July 1917 and the third in July 1919, initially being called “Paseo del Príncipe de Asturias”.


  • Currently, it is a 1,000-meter promenade that surrounds the foot of Mount Urgull.


  • We continue along this walk in which you skirt the entire coast and see how the waves break on the rocks. In summer, but especially in winter and autumn, you can experience a spectacle of struggle between the sea and the land, giant waves crash against this wall generating a unique spectacle of fusion between land and sea.


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Monte Ulía


An unbeatable plan to enjoy the day

  • Located in the Gros neighborhood, next to the Zurriola beach promenade.


  • It has an asphalt route that is very easy to do with young children, since the ascent is not complicated at all.


  • In addition, there is a playground, an area prepared for a picnic and a picnic area where you can taste a well-deserved pintxo after the walk.


  • You can also ask for a map to take a tour with the kids and discover the remains that are still preserved from the Belle Epoque.


  • Former whale watching watchtower, it includes an extensive green area of 318,249 square meters.


  • At the beginning of the 20th century it was established as a recreational park for the aristocracy and, today, it is the most important hiking area in the city. Not in vain, the Camino de Santiago along the coast crosses it from east to west.


  • The Peña del Ballenero and the Peña del Rey, voluminous rocks used as sighting posts, their picnic areas, the refurbished Ulía Shelter and the unusual views of the city, are some of its attractions.


  • In addition, since the summer of 2012 it has an Interpretation Center, with a program of educational and cultural activities consisting of educational workshops, itineraries around Mount Ulía, guided tours of the center, screenings, temporary exhibitions.


  • An unbeatable plan to spend the afternoon, enjoy nature, have a snack and appreciate the sunset from the other mountain of the city, the three of them give us different landscapes and views of the sea.


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Puente de María Cristina


A magical path down the river

  • In addition to being a city bathed by the sea, Donostia / San Sebastián has a beautiful integrated river that runs through the entire city, entering through the Loiola neighborhood and flowing into the Cantabrian Sea, between Mount Urgull and Zurriola Beach.


  • Both banks of the river can be crossed by beautiful and elegant walks and tree-lined avenues.


  • In 1893 a temporary wooden walkway was built that would allow direct access from the city center to the North Station, the bullring or the velodrome. The final bridge was inaugurated on January 20, 1905, the feast of San Sebastián. The bridge stands out for the four monumental obelisks, located at its ends, 18 meters high and crowned by sculptural groups. The Maria Cristina bridge.


  • The Zurriola bridge, with striking lampposts, the oldest in Santa Catalina and that of María Cristina, with dragons and a myriad of sculptural motifs, measure the last stretches of the river before its mouth.


  • If we go a little further into the city towards the Loiola neighborhood, we will find three recently built bridges: Mundaiz, Lehendakari Agirre and Real Sociedad.


  • We finished the afternoon of our weekend, enjoying these walks that border the river of the city. Discovering its six bridges (each one with a style and a period) is a delight that has many visitors every day.


  • 0 min - 15 min


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Reyes Catolicos Kalea


You cannot leave the city without enjoying its pintxos

  • El Centro is one of the best areas to eat pintxos in Donostia.


  • Although it is true that the most typical pintxos throughout the year are those of the Old Town and in summer the pintxos of the Gros neighborhood become even more fashionable, the Downtown area of Donostia has a lot of buzz. Even to make a route and not step on any of the other areas.


  • There are as many varieties of pintxos as there are bars where they serve them, for example: potatoes with garlic are one of those typical pintxos from San Sebastián. The trainera is an exquisite pintxo of squid and prawns on a ham base.


  • The original gilda is a salty, green and slightly spicy pintxo that combines olive, chilli and anchovy joined by a toothpick and bathed in olive oil.


  • The pintxos are not free. It may seem strange, especially for people from the south used to tapas, but pintxos are paid for.


  • It is true that there are cheap pintxos, but the most elaborate ones can cost almost like a sandwich.


  • When going for pintxos you have to be careful with the drink. You have to know how to choose what to drink, it is not the best to have a beer for each pintxo or a soft drink. The most common, zurito (half a cane), must or water. You can also indulge yourself with the most typical txakoli or cider, but beware that they carry alcohol.


  • Tonight go out for pintxos, a must. We know that the city is known for its pintxos and also for its many Michelin stars in the luxury restaurants that inhabit it, but you can't leave here without a pintxos tour.


  • It depends on each pintxo


  • 15 min - 30 min


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed



12 Ratings

familiadiazrosas

familiadiazrosas

La vista desde el Monte Igueldo es imperdible, la playa de Ondarreta un placer y el Palacio digno de visitar. Gracias por las recomendaciones y la organización del tiempo de la guia.

02/08/2020

alvaro

alvaro

Visitarla con esta guía ha sido todo un acierto 👏🏻

24/10/2019

aiara

aiara

Una ciudad con múltiples encantos, imprescindible si te gusta la playa y la montaña.

24/10/2019

desiree

desiree

Gracias por la guía, se la recomendaré a mis amigas ☺️

24/10/2019

yerai

yerai

¡Fantástico finde! ¡Muchas gracias!

24/10/2019

belentorre

belentorre

¡Que ciudad tan hermosa! 😍

24/10/2019

samuel

samuel

Buena guía, recomendable para aquel que quiera visitar la ciudad.

24/10/2019

antoniorabasco

antoniorabasco

Una ciudad que merece la pena visitar, gracias a la guía por sus recomendaciones 👍🏻

24/10/2019

marc_20

marc_20

Muchas gracias a esta fantástica guía! Un finde increíble ☺️

24/10/2019

mireiaa

mireiaa

¡Gracias Donostia por un finde espectacular!

24/10/2019

jordykile

jordykile

Un fin de semana muy completo, gracias a esta maravillosa guía.

24/10/2019

aitorlekuona

aitorlekuona

Inmejorable experiencia con la guía, la volvería a comprar

17/10/2019