Explore the beautiful old town of San Sebastian within close proximity to Sercotel Europa. Fall in love with the picturesque streets and buildings from the Belle Epoque times in the romantic district of the city. In the old town of San Sebastian, you will discover many architectural treasures, such as: the Plaza de la Constitucion, in the heart of the city; the Basilica of Santa Maria del Coro, the Buen Pastor Cathedral, the Victoria Eugenia Theatre and the Town Hall.
The old town of San Sebastian is home to an array of restaurants in which you can try typical “pintxos” (small snacks) and the best culinary offers of the city.
One of the main points of interest in San Sebastian is, without a doubt, the large stretch of cultural landmarks that extends throughout the city. From beautiful sculptures, such as the symbolic Comb of the Wind, an absolute must-see; the impressive Construccion Vacia, the Dove of Peace and the beautiful Paseo de la Concha, which pays homage to the scientist Fleming; to the charming Plaza de Guipuzkoa, a notable artistic beauty.
The beautiful palaces hidden within San Sebastian are worth a special visit. Fall in love with the Duque de Mandas Palace, located in the Cristina Enea Park and the exquisite Aiete Palace, built in 1878 by order of the Dukes of Bailen. La Mota castle, one of the first defensive buildings built in San Sebastian, is the perfect way to end this picturesque visit through the cultural landmarks of San Sebastian.
Discover the art and history of San Sebastian through the vast array of museums and art galleries available to visit in the city. Visit the incredible San Telmo Museum, a building of cultural excellence. This architectural wonder boasts a beautiful cloister and charming interior courtyard.
The Aquarium, Naval Museum, Casa de la Historia museum and Tabakalera Cultural Centre are all must-see cultural landmarks in San Sebastian.
Fall in love with the beautiful natural zones dotted all over San Sebastian. If you are looking for activities to do with the children, then we recommend taking a stroll through the exotic Christina Enea Park so your little ones get the chance to discover its nature. Be surrounded by lush greenery and meet the swans and peacocks that reside there.
Ametzagaina Park, Alderdi Eder Park, facing the Town Hall; and the beautiful gardens of Miramar Palace are must-see natural treasures in San Sebastian.
The stunning La Concha beach runs along the coast of San Sebastian. The fine white sand and natural beauty of this zone makes it one of San Sebastian’s most interesting beaches. The beaches of Ondarreta and Zurriola offer beautiful turquoise-blue water, ideal for practicing water sports, such as: surfing and bodyboarding. If you want to take a swim in a natural pool, then visit Playa de la Isla, located in a beautiful secluded area that offers an intimate atmosphere with all kinds of services.
San Sebastian is the birthplace of festivals. The largest and most well-known festival is, without a doubt, the International Film Festival of San Sebastian. This involves an incredible display of film entertainment that you simply cannot miss whilst in the Basque country! The same goes with the Fantastic Film and Horror Week and the Surfilm Festival, which focuses on the world of surfing.
Music and dance are the main themes found in the festivals of Dferia, Rompeolas, the Jazz Festival and Quincena Musical, which is dedicated to classical music.
Enjoy exciting Basque folklore at Tamborrada, San Sebastian’s most important festival. The Plaza de la Constitucion is full of music and activities whilst spectators enjoy all different kinds of food.
Semana Grande, another important celebration that takes place in this city, is held in the middle of August, together with Carnival. The streets are full of concerts, attractions, cultural works, workshops, typical cuisine and fun contests. Don’t miss out on it!
Discover the cuisine of San Sebastian through the vast array of typical restaurants and bars that are dotted all over the city. Try the delicious “pintxos” (small snacks), gourmet cuisine and traditional dishes like Tolosa beans, baked Txangurro, Koxkera hake and delicious elvers (baby eels).
The famous Gastronomika Fair, held in October, is home to the best of Basque cuisine and international haute cuisine.
If you want to enjoy the nightlife of San Sebastian, then head to the old town of the city, which offers lots of bars with terraces where you can chat away in a pleasant atmosphere. Similarly, head to the Gros neighbourhood, near to the city centre and enjoy the exclusive bars and terraces which are perfect for relaxing evenings chatting away in good company.
The best music and nightlife can be found on the famous Reyes Catolicos street, considered the most popular and exclusive zone of the city.
San Sebastian is a city that is very involved in sport. Events like the Behobia San Sebastian marathon, Clasica Ciclista and Donosti Cup are some of the most important competitive events in the Basque country.
Strolling through the city’s old town is the best way to discover the sports culture of San Sebastian. Basque “pelota” (ball) tournaments are held in all of the city’s main districts and are huge cultural pulls for both locals and visitors alike. Horseracing in the summer attracts a large number of spectators and fans excited to enjoy this huge sporting event.
Discovering the city on your bike is a great way to combine sports and culture. Thanks to Bidegorris, the cycle path, you can explore the most important areas of the city, nearby villages and natural wonders like the beautiful Urola Valley.
If you wish to take part in water sports in San Sebastian, the beaches: La Concha, Ondarreta and Zurriola, offer a wide variety of sport activities, such as: surfing, paddle surfing, canoeing and much more.
In addition to being a route stop for the Camino de Santiago (a network of pilgrim routes), San Sebastian is also the starting point for various hiking routes. The symbolic Camino de la Costa, which cuts across a section of the Camino de Santiago, is perfect for those wishing to discover the 9.3 miles of San Sebastian coast which stops at the picturesque village of Orio. If you wish to embark on a shortened version of this hike, opt for the San Pedro trail on which you can admire just over 3 miles of this beautiful coast at an elevated slope.
The beautiful Artikutza estate, which is part of the Natura 2000 network of protected areas, is a stunning natural area dotted with various short and beautiful trails. Equally, the breath-taking mountains surrounding the city are the ideal place for family outings. The picturesque Monte Ulia, which offers lookouts for whale watching; and the Igeldo and Urgull mountains, home to varied attractions and historical sights, complete the tour of the closest natural areas to San Sebastian.
A very symbolic route is that of Los Tres Templos. This is the journey Ignatius of Loyola made during his pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The beautiful natural landscape, singular charm of the villages you will encounter on the way and the architectural treasures you will discover are the ideal combination for 3-day hikes in Guipuzcoa.