San Sebastian

SAN SEBASTIAN

Overview of San Sebastian, Spain

Mouth-watering food, pretty buildings & white sandy beaches. What more does one need?!? Image a smaller Paris, located on the water, with way fewer tourists, more relaxed & with a Basque twist. That is San Sebastián, the perfect mixture, all in one easy to navigate city.

What is not to love about this majestic city on the Cantabrian Sea? San Sebastián, or Donostia as it is called in Basque, has a circular bay with pristine white sand beaches that have long attracted wealthy beach-goers in search of sun and sophistication. This is what made the city famous during the Belle Époque era and it is also where Queen Maria Cristina established her royal summerhouse. The evidence of San Sebastián’s glamorous past can still be seen throughout the city.

La Concha, the most beautiful urban beach in Europe, is adorned by luxurious beachside mansions as well as the famous spa called La Perla (The Pearl). Its boardwalk is lined by an ornate white railing that has become a symbol of the city. There are, however, two other beaches in the city both of which are less posh and more relaxed: Ondarreta and Zurriola. Zurriola is also popular with surfers.

In more recent years, San Sebastián has gained significant press for its cuisine. The city alone has 15 Michelin stars spread across 7 restaurants and famously boasts more stars per capita than anywhere else in the world other than Tokyo. Restaurants Mugaritz and Arzak have been ranked numbers 6 and 8 in the world (2014 World’s 50 Best Restaurants). It is in many ways like a mini Paris, except in Basque style.

San Sebastián is also famous for its pintxos. And the best place to go to try some of them is the Parte Vieja (Old Part). This charming old city center is famous for having the highest concentration of bars in the world. This is where the pintxo is king and the food is taken very seriously.

Despite its relative small size (186,000 inhabitants), international events are also held here. The most famous of these is the San Sebastián International Film Festival.

 

Beaches in San Sebastian

Beaches in San Sebastian
With its three beautiful beaches, San Sebastian became the summer capital of Europe during the reign of the Queen Regent Maria Cristina. Over the years, the city hasn't lost any of its Bellé Epoque charm and today is still a popular touristic destination for travelers from around the world.
San Sebastian Tourism
La Concha Beach
Things to Do in San Sebastian
Railing of La Concha's Promenade
Zurriola Beach
Zurriola Beach
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La Concha Beach

Of the three beaches in San Sebastián, La Concha is the most famous. Worldwide renowned for its almost perfectly arced bay, it is without a doubt Europe’s most beautiful urban beach.

Queen Regent Maria Cristina is responsible for making La Concha famous in the middle of the nineteen century, when she started frequenting it and declared San Sebastián the summer capital of Europe. Afterwards, the city became fashionable and the aristocracy started to visit San Sebastian, building mansions on the shore, most of which are still visible today. This is also when La Perla Spa opened and gained notoriety as one of the best spas of Europe.

The promenade of La Concha is a symbol of the city. When visiting San Sebastian, make sure you take time to walk along it, from the Old Town to the Miramar Palace. On the promenade you can enjoy the atmosphere and the views of the Santa Clara island and the Cantabrian Sea. If you still feel like walking when you get to the Miramar Palace, you can continue all the way to the Peine del Viento, crossing Ondarreta beach.

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Ondarreta Beach

West of La Concha stands Ondarreta Beach, which stretches from the foot of Mount Igueldo to the Miramar Palace. Next to the Miramar Palace there is a short tunnel that allows pedestrians to cross from La Concha Beach.

Ondarreta is the smallest beach of San Sebastian, but none the less beautiful. It is probably the most traditional beach of the city, very popular among locals and is especially frequented by families with children.

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Zurriola Beach

East of La Concha is Zurriola Beach, also known as Gros Beach. The name “gros" thankfully doesn’t have any connection with the english word “gross,” and is instead named after the neighborhood that is located next to it.

The crowd at Zurriola Beach is generally younger and more local. Since the beach is not located within a protected bay like La Concha and Ondarreta beaches, it normally receives much bigger waves. For this reason it is popular among surfers. If you are interested in surfing, you will find several surf schools and various rental places around.

At the far eastern end of the beach there is a popular place called “el muro” (the wall), where people sit to enjoy the sunset over Zurriola Beach or to watch the surfers while listening the waves crashing against the rocks.

San Sebastian's Top Things to Do & See

Top Things to Do & See
We have put together a hand selected list of the most important things to do and see in San Sebastian. Everything from eating pintxos in the old town to walking by la Concha Beach promenade – if it deals with San Sebastian tourism, we’ve got you covered.
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Parte Vieja (Old Town)

The highest concentration of bars in the world.
Old Town of San Sebastian
Old Town of San Sebastian
Constitution Square in the Old Town of San Sebastian
Constitution Square in the Old Town

The Old Town of San Sebastián is known for having the highest concentration of bars in the world. It is formed by narrow streets located at the foot of the Mount Urgull.

The Old Town is an ideal place to go for a walk. Just don’t forget to stop and relax at one of the many bars to try some of the local pintxos, which are famous for being especially tasty in this area. Unfortunately, they are also the most expensive of the Basque Country, but don’t let that deter you.

Once you are in the Old Town, don’t forget to take a look at the Santa María del Coro Church and the Constitution Square, a neo-classical square built around the former City Hall and commonly known by the locals as “la consti.”

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San Telmo Museum

Basque history & culture on display.
San Telmo Museum - San Sebastian, Spain
San Telmo Museum
Detail of the San Telmo Museum Facade, Spain
Detail of the San Telmo Museum's facade
Courtyard of the San Telmo Museum - San Sebastian, Spain
Courtyard of the San Telmo Museum
Sert murals inside of the San Telmo Museum - San Sebastian, Spain
Josep Maria Sert murals inside of the San Telmo Museum

The San Telmo Museum is located in the Old Town, at the foot of the Mount Urgull. It is primarily dedicated to Basque culture and history, providing visitors with a deeper insight into present day Basque society. The collection contains more than 26,000 ethnographic, archeological, historical, photographic and artistic elements.

The San Telmo Museum was inaugurated in 1902, becoming the oldest museum of the Basque Country. It has been housed in the current building since 1932. Today, the building itself is actually one of the highlights of the museum. The complex that forms it is divided in two. The original building is a dominican convent from the 16th century, which is a unique architecture example in the region due to its mixture of gothic and renaissance styles. The new building was added to the museum a couple of years ago and was designed by the architects Nieto y Sobejano. The contemporary and vanguardist architecture added to the overall appeal of the complex, creating a very interesting mixture of old and new.

If you only visit one museum in San Sebastian, then the San Telmo Museum should definitely be the one.

OPENING TIMES
Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am to 8 pm
Closed on Mondays & the following dates: 1st and 20th January, 25th December
ADMISSION
Adults: 6 €
Seniors, students, groups of 10 or more: 3 €
Unemployed, under 18 years: free
* Free for everyone on Tuesdays
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Ayuntamiento (city hall)

One of San Sebastian’s most majestic buildings.
Town Hall - San Sebastian, Spain
Town Hall of San Sebastian

Located between La Concha Beach and the Old Town is the city hall, one of the most majestic buildings of San Sebastián. It is located in a beautiful location alongside the water and the well-maintained Alderdi Eder Gardens.

Originally built in 1882 as a casino hall, it once hosted parties of the Belle Époque era, when Europe’s bourgeoisie and aristocracy spent their summers in San Sebastian.

During World War I, the casino was filled with an eclectic mix of political refugees, spies (such as Mata Hari) and those wealthy enough to flee the fighting in the north. Later on during the Spanish Civil War, the building was also caught up in the fighting between the nationalists and republicans. Today, bullet holes can still be seen on the facade of the building as a result of the bloody fighting that took place alongside it.

Since 1947 the building has been used to house the city hall, which until then, was located at the Constitution Square.

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Romantic Center

Parisian style in San Sebastian.
Good Shepherd Cathedral, Spain
Good Shepherd Cathedral
Gipuzkoa Square - San Sebastian, Spain
Gipuzkoa Square

The part of the city situated south of the Old Town is known as the romantic center of San Sebastian. This neighborhood is filled with beautiful buildings from the late 19th century and has plenty of clothing stores, bars and restaurants. With its Parisian style, the romantic center is definitely worth a stroll.

While in the romantic center, make sure you check out the Gipuzkoa Square, a charming square overlooked by the the neoclassical Diputación building (regional seat of government). The Good Shepherd Cathedral is also located in the romantic center. It is the perfect example of the foreign European influences that helped shape San Sebastian during the second half of the 19th century.

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Mount Urgull & Mota Castle

Guardian of the Old Town.
Views from the Mount Urgull, San Sebastian, Spain
Views from Mount Urgull
Cannon at the Mota Castle - San Sebastian, Spain
Cannon at the Mota Castle

Mount Urgull stretches out into San Sebastian’s bay and is surrounded by water, except for one section that connects to the Old Town. Historically, the mount has served as an important strategic defense point for the city and especially for the Old Town that was established at the mount’s base. Today, military ruins such as cannons, as well as parts of the original wall that surrounded the medieval city can still be found on the hill.

The long military history of Mount Urgull can be traced back to the first watchtower and defensive wall that were built around 1150. Throughout the years, the mount has been witness to many important battles, the most notable of those took place in 1794, when the mount was overtaken by French troops who then subsequently conquered the city.

Another important battle took place on August 31st, 1813, when British soldiers helped the Spanish fight against Napoleon and his troops. Many British soldiers were killed in the battle and then buried on the north hillside of the Mount Urgull in what is known as the English Cemetery. The Spanish and the British were however, successful in defeating Napoleon’s troops which lead to them being kicked out of San Sebastian. Unfortunately though, when the fighting was all over, the city had been burned to the ground. Only a single street in the Old Town wasn’t affected and today is known as Calle 31 de Agosto in remembrance of that date.

Continuing up the hill from the English Cemetery, you will find the Batería de Santiago, also called Batería de la Reina, which was one of the places where gunpowder and other explosives were kept. Some steps down from the Batería de Santiago is the Batería alta de Santa Clara. Here, you will find a small bar with a nice terrace offering some of the most beautiful views of San Sebastian. This is a fantastic place to stop for a break on your way up to the top.

At the highest point of the Mount Urgull is the Mota Castle which has existed since the 12th century. It has been restructured and rebuilt many times over the years, however, today, the castle houses a History House Museum, which as its name implies, tells the history of the city. The museum contains pictures, historic elements as well as a video about the burning down of the city.

OPENING TIMES
Tuesday to Friday: 11 am to 2 pm & 3 pm to 5:30 pm
Sunday and holidays: 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
ADMISSION
Free
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Peine del Viento (Comb of the Wind)

Steel sculptures fused into the rocks.
Peine del Viento - San Sebastian, Spain
Peine del Viento

The Peine del Viento is a group of steel sculptures located at the end of Ondarreta Beach. Designed by local sculptor Eduardo Chillida, it is probably the most iconic image of San Sebastián.

The metal structures have been fused into the rocks over the Cantabrian Sea. Waves smash violently against the rocks, while the wind “combs” through the structures.

Chillida also made some holes in the ground, allowing for waves to pass underneath and then be blasted skyward through small opening in the ground. But be careful though – when the seas are high, these blasts of water can go as high as seven meters!

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Mount Igueldo & the Funicular

Spectacular views of the city & the bay.
Views from the Mount Igueldo - San Sebastian, Spain
Views from the Mount Igueldo
Torreón at the Mount Igueldo, San Sebastian, Spain
Torreón on top of Mount Igueldo

Mount Igueldo is located in the western corner of the city, between Ondarreta Beach and the Peine del Viento. From the top of the mount, you can enjoy some of the best views of San Sebastián.

The main attraction at the top of the Mount Igueldo is an old amusement park, which opened its doors in 1911 and is one if the oldest in the Basque Country. If you do decide to go in, don’t expect much of the rides, since the park is small, old and a little run down. It is more about the charm of the place, situated in a perfect location.

Next to the amusement park stands a tower called “El Torreón.” Originally built in the 16th century, the tower served as the light house of San Sebastian until a new one was built in 1854. At the beginning of the 20th century, El Torreón was renovated and a new floor was added to it as well as a panoramic terrace. Currently, the tower is open to visitors and holds an exhibition in the stairwell with many historic photos. It only costs a few euros to climb the tower and it does offer great views, however, they aren’t that much better than the already great views that can be had for free on the terraces by the funicular.

There is also a hotel at the top of the Mount Igueldo. What originally served as the casino-restaurant of the Mount Igueldo, became the Hotel Mercure Monte Igueldo in 1967. If you want to wake up to some impressive views of the San Sebastian bay, then this is probably the perfect place for you.

The best way to get to the top of Mount Igueldo is by using the funicular railway which has been operating since 1912 and is the oldest in the Basque Country. The entrance of the funicular is located at the end of Ondarreta beach, just before el Peine del Viento sculpture.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
For information about opening times and admission of both the amusement park and the funicular, please visit the Mount Igueldo's Website.
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Mercado La Bretxa

The city’s most important market.
La Bretxa Market - San Sebastian, Spain
La Bretxa Market

Dating back to 1871, the Bretxa Market is one of the most traditional markets in Donostia. It was originally built in classicist style, taking its inspirations from ancient Rome and Greece and utilizes primarily stone and iron for its construction. As the population of San Sebastian grew over the years, so did the market. It was extended several times with the last big renovation taking place in 1999, after which unfortunately a big part of “La Bretxa” was converted into a mall.

The building complex still contains a market, however, it has been relegated to share the underground level with a supermarket chain. Underground you can still discover a big variety of local produce and all those fresh ingredients that are used in the famous Basque cuisine.

La Bretxa Market receives its name from its location which was the weakest point of the original wall that surrounded the city until 1863. This weak point was known as “the breach” or “la bretxa” in Basque. On two occasions (1719 and 1813) invaders were able to break through the wall and get into the city around where the market is located.

OPENING TIMES
Market: Monday to Saturday: 8 am to 9 pm
Mall shops: Monday to Saturday: 9:30 am to 9:30 pm
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Victoria Eugenia Theater

Witness to the most important cultural events.
Victoria Eugenia Theater - San Sebastian, Spain
Victoria Eugenia Theater

The Victoria Eugenia Theater was inaugurated in 1912 and features neo-renaissance and neo-plateresque styles. Since its opening, it has been witness to the most important cultural events of San Sebastian. The most important of those is the annual San Sebastián International Film Festival. During that festival, it is normal to see celebrities crossing the square from the five-star Hotel María Cristina to reach the red carpet of the Victoria Eugenia Theater.

In 2001 the theater closed its doors for renovation works. It was re-opened six years later, incorporating the most modern equipment and services while keeping all its charm and original characteristics.

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Kursaal

Two beached rocks.
Kursaal Convention Center - San Sebastian, Spain
Kursaal Convention Center

The Kursaal is a postmodern convention center which opened in 1999 and was designed by Rafael Moneo. It is located on the shore next the Zurriola Beach and was designed to represent “two beached rocks.”

During the day, the building is quite boring – some might even say its ugly. However, at night it completely changes as the whole façade lights up and functions as a kind of giant billboard advertising whatever function is going on at the time in the city.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
For guided visits to the building, contact the telephone number +34 943 003 000.
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Port Area & Aquarium

Sail boats & restaurants.
Port Area & Aquarium - San Sebastian, Spain
Port Area & Aquarium

The port area, situated in the western corner of Mount Urgull, is a nice place for sitting down and relaxing for a bit. The sunset there is magical, especially if there are sailboats in the bay that appear as silhouettes. The port also offers a great view of La Concha and Mount Igueldo.

At the far end of the port, you will find the Aquarium. It was inaugurated in 1928 and renovated in 1998. The visit of the aquarium starts by going through the Nature Science Museum, where information is given about the importance of the sea in the history of Gipuzkoa. Of the entire museum, one of the most impressive displays is the skeleton of a right whale captured in 1878.

After the museum, the visit continues through the aquariums. The main highlight is a 1.8 million liter aquarium which can be crossed through a glass tunnel.

Aquarium
OPENING TIMES
From the 1st October to Eastern:
- Monday to Friday: 10 am to 7 pm
- Weekend and holidays: 10 am to 8 pm
From Eastern until 30th June & September:
- Monday to Friday: 10 am to 8 pm
- Weekend and holidays: 10 am to 9 pm
July and August:
- Monday to Sunday: 10 am to 9 pm
ADMISSION
Adult: 13€
Seniors, students, unemployed: 9€
Children (4 - 12): 6,5€
Children under 4: free
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Miramar Palace

Summer residence of the Spanish monarchy.
Miramar Palace - San Sebastian, Spain
Miramar Palace

The Miramar Palace is a Queen Anne style English villa located in one of the most beautiful spots of San Sebastian – on a the hill that separates the beaches of La Concha and Ondarreta.

The Miramar Palace was built in the late 19th century by Queen Regent María Cristina as the summer residence of the Spanish monarchy. It was designed by the English architect Selden Wornun.

Since 1972, the Miramar Palace and its gardens have belonged to the City Hall of San Sebastian. Although the building is not open to the public, its gardens are and the views from there are superb. Both beaches, La Concha and Ondarreta, as well as Mount Igueldo, Mount Urgull and Santa Clara Island, can all be seen from the property.

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Events in San Sebastian

Events in San Sebastian
With its festivals, markets, concerts & much more, San Sebastian is definitely a city full of action and cultural activities. Check out the festivals and if you visit around the 20th of January, don’t miss out in the action at the Tamborrada.

Despite its small size, the city of San Sebastian is home to various international festivals, the most famous being the San Sebastián International Film Festival. Celebrated since 1953, it is one of the oldest and most prestigious film festivals of Europe. A lot of hollywood stars have made appearances at the festival such as Elizabeth Taylor, Robert De Niro and Brad Pitt. In 2015, the festival will be celebrated from September 18th - 26th.

Throughout the year, there are also many festivities celebrated in San Sebastian. The Tamborrada, also known as San Sebastian Day, is the city’s most important festival. It starts on January 20th at midnight when the mayor raises the city’s flag in the packed Constitution Square and starts 24 hours of non-stop drumming. More than 15,000 donostiarras that belong to over 100 bands, actively take part in the drumming.

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Another important festival celebrated every August in San Sebastian is the Aste Nagusia (Big Week). During the week of August 15, from Saturday to Saturday, the donostiarras take to the streets for one of the city's biggest festivals. There is an international fireworks competition, parades of gigantes and cabezudos, live music, food competitions, basque dance and sports exhibitions, etc.

Eat & Drink in San Sebastian

Eat & Drink in San Sebastian
San Sebastian is arguably one of the best cities in the world to enjoy a meal. The city boasts 15 Michelin Stars across 7 restaurants and in addition, is one of the best places in the Basque Country for pintxos.
Pintxos in San Sebastian, Spain
Pintxos in San Sebastian

Txikiteo in San Sebastian

The txikiteo is similar to a pub crawl, except instead of the focus being solely on drinking, delicious pintxos are thrown into the mix. The idea is to go to one bar after the next sampling pintxos and having something to drink. This is usually done by groups of friends and is most popular on Friday and Saturday nights.

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Bars

San Sebastián is also famous for its pintxos. And, as previously mentioned, the best place to go to try some of them is the Parte Vieja (Old Part), famous for having the highest concentration of bars in the world.

La Cuchara de San Telmo – Located in the Old Town of San Sebastian, la Cuchara de San Telmo offers some of the best pintxos in town. Note that none of the pintxos are on display, all of them are made to order. Calle 31 de Agosto 28 / Corredor de San Telmo.

Bar & Restaurant Borda Berri – Another bar for pintxos in the Old Town of San Sebastian, quite popular among locals. One of their pintxo specialities is the beef cheek. Fermin Calbeton 12.

Bar la Viña – Also located in the Old Town of San Sebastian, the bar la Viña offers a wide variety of pintxos. However, they are also famous for the cheese cake. Calle 31 de Agosto 3.

Bar Sport – The bar Sport is another pintxo bar located in the Old Town of San Sebastian. One of their star pintxos is the “montadito de foie.” Fermin Calbeton 10.

Michelin Star Restaurants

The city alone has 15 Michelin stars spread across 7 restaurants and famously boasts more stars per capita than anywhere else in the world other than Tokyo.

Restaurant Arzak – It is the restaurant of worldwide famous chef Juan Mari Arzak and is considered one of the best restaurants in the world. Featuring 3 Michelin stars, it offers vanguardist cuisine with a Basque spirit, which keeps evolving and renovating itself. Avda. Alcalde Elósegui, 273.

Restaurant Mugaritz – This 2 Michelin stars restaurant considers that eating is the way to the experience, a way full of stories, smells, textures, tastes, incredible sounds, provocations and many more stimulus in search of pleasure. Aldura Aldea 20-Otzazulueta Baserria, Errenteria.

Restaurant Martín Berasategui – Another 3 Michelin star restaurant, this time from chef Martín Berasategui. It offers an harmonious mixture of vanguardist and traditional cuisine, always genuine and a perfect formula. Loidi 4, Lasarte.

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Restaurants

However, if your pockets aren't deep enough to visit those Michelin starred restaurants, don't worry because there is also a big selection of restaurants for all type of budgets.

Restaurant La Fábrica – Located in the old town of San Sebastian, this restaurant took its name from the brewery (factory) that was once in the same location. It offers traditional food in a cozy atmosphere. They offer two daily set menus: 25 euros and 31 euros (taxes not included). Calle Puerto 17.

Restaurant La Madame – Restaurant and cocktail lounge in one, la Madame features a vanguardist interior decoration with a retro touch. On Saturday and Sunday they offer brunch for 17 euros. Calle San Bartolomé 35.

Restaurant La Muralla – Small, cozy restaurant in the old town of San Sebastian that offers traditional cuisine with an innovative touch. They offer two set daily menu (“menús del día”): 25 and 31 euros (taxes not included) from Monday to Friday; 36 and 39 euros (taxes not included) during the weekend. Calle de Embeltrán 3.

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Hotels in San Sebastian

Hotels in San Sebastian
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Get In & Around

Get In & Around

Once you are in San Sebastián, most places are reachable by foot. If you need to go from one end to the other, then the bus system is quite easy to use as well. Another good option is to rent a bike at one of the numerous bike rental companies. The city has many bike paths (30 km of them) and overall, San Sebastian is pretty bike friendly. Riding along the beaches and taking a tour around Mount Urgull is definitely recommended.

BUSES IN SAN SEBASTIAN
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Arriving to San Sebastian

PLANE – San Sebastián has a small airport, located 20km away, next to Hondarribia. There is a bus to the airport (i2, 2 €) that departs from the Gipuzkoa square and takes around 30 minutes. That airport offers direct flights to Madrid, Barcelona and Tenerife.

The next closest airport is in Biarritz (50 km away). There are both train and bus connections to San Sebastián.

The airport of Bilbao is 100 km away, but there are good bus connections: there is one bus every hour during the day. The bus company is called PESA; the trip takes about 80 minutes and costs around 16 €.

CAR – A rental car is really great to have in the Basque Country. It makes for access to some parts of the region such as San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and to the sagardotegis (traditional basque restaurants in the countryside) much easier. San Sebastian can however, be a pain to navigate with a car since there are many one-way streets. If your hotel doesn’t provide parking, it is best to go directly to a parking garage and leave the car there during your stay.

Txofre is a parking garage located in the Gros neighborhood and it offers one of the best values for parking in the city. Also, they have bikes available to borrow for free when you park there.

San Sebastián is located right off the roads AP-8, A-1 (also called N-1) and AP-1. The road AP-8 is called “highway of the Cantabrian” and, as its name indicates, runs along the north coast of Spain. It is a toll road within the Basque Country, becoming a free road all the way to Galicia.

The roads A-1 (also called N-1) and AP-1 follow basically the same direction, connecting San Sebastian with Vitoria and Burgos. The A-1 continues south to Madrid.

The road A-1 is free, while the AP-1 is a toll road. To give you a better idea, the AP-1 between Vitoria and San Sebastian costs around 12 euros. If you take the alternative free route, it takes about 15 minutes longer, but it is much more scenic.

PARKINGS IN SAN SEBASTIAN
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BUS – The bus station of San Sebastián is located at the Square Pio XII (by the Arquitectos Kortazar Street) in the neighborhood Amara Nuevo. There are buses to Vitoria (2h), Bilbao (1h), Pamplona (1h), Madrid, Barcelona, etc.

In general, it is easier to get around by bus than by train in the Basque Country: buses arrive to more places, run more often and are usually cheaper.

TRAIN – The main train station of San Sebastian is located at Paseo de Francia 22. It is commonly known by the locals as “Estación del Norte” (North Station) or “Estación de Atocha.” There are trains from many parts of Spain, Portugal and France, including overnight trains from Paris and Lisbon. The station is also part of the commuter train network, connecting with other neighborhoods of the city and towns of the surroundings.

Check RENFE for the Spanish train network and Euskotren for the Basque train network.

Other Places of Interest in the Surroundings

In the Surroundings

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