San Sebastian Guides

About San Sebastian

A total surfer’s paradise, this beachy city has it all: sun, sand and sea aplenty! Be sure to get some snaps of Europe’s answer to Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue, before getting a taste of the Basque region’s unique tapas and delicious kalimotxos, and taking on the city’s buzzing beachside bars!

San Sebastian City Guide

How long should I go for?

The main attractions in San Sebastian are the beaches which are particularly good for surfing, so you would probably want three or four days here to enjoy the beaches as well as fit in other activities around the city.

Getting there

San Sebastian has an international airport located 12 miles out of the city. Also in the centre of San Sebastian there is a train station as well as a bus and coach station where travel to other cities in Spain and France is available.

Free walking tours

Local company, Go local San Sebastian, offer free walking tours to the main monuments around the old town and the city centre. Take place at 10.30 or 16.00 daily and last for 1 hour 30 minutes. Available in English and Spanish, make sure you book the right one.

Main Districts:

Parte vieja

Parte Vieja is the old town of San Sebastian and is located by the coast. This area is the most popular among tourists with several bars and restaurants being built near the coastline over the past 50 years. The coastline is also home to a small fishing port that has many quant houses at the foot of the Urgull hill.


Urgull is the mane of the hill that towers over San Sebastian’s skyline. Reminiscent of Rio de Janero’s sugar loaf mountain, Urgull is an iconic feature of San Sebastian due to its in the city’ history as a military fortress. Military structures remain in place on the hill as well as a small history museum on the top of the hill, which offers a stunning view of the city and the bay beneath it.


this contains several monuments that are iconic in the history of San Sebastian. Located beyond San Sebastian’s Mirmar palace, Antuigo is one of the most populated areas of the city and boasts the San Sebastian el Antuigo monastery which has become popular amongst tourists in the city.


Located close to the train station, Eiga is one of San Sebastian’s more popular areas. Formerly a key industrial area of the city, Eiga is now home to San Sebastian’s contemporary cultural centre as well as the Anoeta stadium which is home to the local football team, Real Sociedad.

Best places to go out

The best place to go out in San Sebastian is in Parte Vieja. This is the most popular area amongst tourists and so there are many bars and restaurants to choose form in this area

Another popular are to go out is along the beach front by La Concha as there are many restaurants and bars with a good sea view can be found along the beach front.

San Telmo museum

museum of Basque ethnography and history, also contains art and archaeological finds

Basilica of Saint Mary of the chorus

18th century Catholic church, with a stunning entrance and artwork in the walls


monuments remain on the hill fro when it was used as a fortress, also a museum of military history is at the top of the hill

deserted beach at sunset in san sebastian with the city lights in the background

Maria Christina bridge

still used as a traffic and pedestrian bridge, however, it still boasts some amazing statues