San Sebastian

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San Sebastian

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Everything you need to know 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!

Quick facts

  • San Sebastian is in Basque country in north coast of Spain, 12 miles from the French border
  • The main language spoken here is Spanish, but some locals also speak Basque
  • San Sebastian has a population of roughly 186,000
  • San Sebastian airport is roughly 12 miles out of the city, right on the French border
  • The Amara Donostia train station and the Donosti bust and coach station are in the city centre of San Sebastian
  • The best time to visit San Sebastian would be in the summer, the most popular times to visit are between May and July
  • San Sebastian is not particularly budget friendly by Spanish standards
  • The main tourist attractions in San Sebastian are the beaches which are particularly popular for surfing

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.

Top Attractions

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.

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.


A Selection of Trips and Tours that include San Sebastian