San Sebastian

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San Sebastian featuring a coastal town, a bay or harbor and a city

Fabulous sandy beaches, historical buildings and Basque cuisine make this resort town in northern Spain a compelling place to visit.

The seaside resort of San Sebastián is one of the most popular summer destinations in Spain's Basque Country. The city sits on a circular bay made up of white-sand beaches. Its gorgeous mountain scenery encompasses a fascinating old town. Tour ancient churches, visit a hilltop 12th-century fortress and spend sunny days on a beach.

The shell-shaped Playa de la Concha in the center of the city is where many visitors chose to relax. Sunbathe on this long, pleasant stretch of sand and swim or take a boat to Santa Clara Island, which lies just offshore. San Sebastián has two other city beaches, Ondarreta and Zurriola, popular with surfers.

Behind the beaches lies the old town, where San Sebastian was born. Follow streets leading to churches, plazas, shops and boutiques. Visit the 16th-century San Vicente Church and the 18th-century Baroque Basilica of Santa Maria. Browse the exhibits of the Museo San Telmo, a former convent that now houses a Museum of Basque Society and Citizenship. Stop at one of the cafés in the old town's main square and sample a variety of pintxos. The city is renowned for these tapas-like dishes.

Continue your exploration of San Sebastián with a trip up Mount Urgull, a hill in the heart of the city. Walk to the summit, which is topped by a statue of Jesus Christ and a 12th-century fortress.

For more lofty views, take the 3-minute funicular railway ride from Ondarreta Beach to the top of Monte Igeldo. The journey’s end is the Monte Igueldo Amusement Park, which is filled with old-fashion rides and attractions.

Select from several ways to get to San Sebastián. Fly into the international airport at Bilbao, Spain or Biarritz, France, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) and 30 miles (50 kilometers) away respectively. Alternatively, travel by bus, train or car from other destinations in Europe. Take advantage of the seaside resort’s beaches, history, mountainous scenery and culinary delights.

Where to stay in San Sebastian

Hotel Zenit Convento San Martín
Hotel Zenit Convento San Martín
4.5 out of 5
Calle San Martín, 45, San Sebastian
The price is ¥8,470 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Located in San Sebastian Centro, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Concha Promenade and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Monte Igueldo. Cathedral of the Good Shepherd ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (71 reviews)
"This place is a great find. Great location and property is in excellent condition. Staff was friendly and very helpful. Highly recommend."

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2022

Hotel Zenit Convento San Martín
Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra
Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra
4 out of 5
Zubieta Kalea, 2, San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa
The price is ¥10,172 per night from Feb 9 to Feb 10
Located in San Sebastian Centro, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Concha Promenade, and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Monte Igueldo. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (962 reviews)
"Loved the sea view from our window and the bar area. One of our all-time favorite hotels."

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2022

Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra
Lasala Plaza Hotel
Lasala Plaza Hotel
4 out of 5
Plaza Lasala, 2, San Sebastian, Guipuzcoa
The price is ¥12,251 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Located in Old Town San Sebastian, this beach hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Goikoa Palace and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Monte Igueldo. Casino Kursaal and Port of ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (299 reviews)
"Amazing hotel at an amazing location. I will definitely visit again."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Lasala Plaza Hotel
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Camping Bungalows Igueldo San Sebastián
Camping Bungalows Igueldo San Sebastián
2 out of 5
Paseo Padre Orkolaga, 69, San Sebastian, Guipuzcoa
The price is ¥5,861 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Situated in the mountains, this campground is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Monte Igueldo and within 6 mi (10 km) of Miramar Palace and Ondarreta Beach. Concha Beach ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (11 reviews)
"Un camping muy tranquilo para disfrutar los mayores y los pequeños. No hay nada de lo que nos tengamos que quejar, todo correcto."

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2021

Camping Bungalows Igueldo San Sebastián
Legazpi Doce Studios Suites
Legazpi Doce Studios Suites
3.5 out of 5
Calle Legazpi, 12, San Sebastian
The price is ¥6,213 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Located in San Sebastian Centro, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from San Sebastián Turismo and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Monte Igueldo. Alderdi-Eder Park and ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (93 reviews)
"Great apartment, great area, clean and super friendly staff!"

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2020

Legazpi Doce Studios Suites
Numad Studios
Numad Studios
3 out of 5
Paseo de Miramón, 162, San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa
The price is ¥8,845 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Situated in the mountains, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Eureka! Science Museum and San Sebastian Technology Park. Basque Culinary Center and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (93 reviews)
"Really nice apartment. Not close to La Concha, so a car is needed but it's a 12 min drive."

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2021

Numad Studios
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