City Guide San Sebastian, Spain

Visiting San Sebastian

One of the most beautiful areas in Northern Spain’s Basque country, San Sebastian is the place to go if you’re looking to mix sandy beaches with great sights, local culinary delights and lots more. The atmosphere here is laid-back, and even though the city is home to over 183,000 people, it still has a really welcoming small-town feel.

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San Sebastian Podcasts

San Sebastian - Pintxos: A local specialty

In this podcast, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks about pintxos with Gabriella Ranelli from Gabriella’s Kitchen, a cooking school in San Sebastian. Listen to learn more about this local specialty, from the best places to try them out to the top tipples to sip while you eat.

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San Sebastian Videos

San Sebastian - a video postcard

Check out our video postcard of San Sebastian to see some of the city’s top attractions, bars, restaurants and more.

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San Sebastian Pocket Guide

San Sebastian Pocket Guide

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San Sebastian City Reviews

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    Museums & Arts

    This city I found to be incredibly boring. It is beautiful, however the main things to see include museums and art museums, which I have no interest in. There are many beautiful squares to relax in and seeing Madrid for a day or so is definitely worth it. I don't recommend long stays to those who are not museum types.

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    San Sebastian - Best city in Spain?

    I've traveled all over Spain and I've talked to many travelers. When the subject of San Sebastian comes up, I usually hear, "I have not gone, but I heard it's amazing." I have gone and I have experienced that it is amazing. Great climate, sunny but not really that hot as it is on the northern coast. City is very walkable, you don't need the bus for anything. A good variety of locations, from beach to mountains, all of which are walkable. Also, the Pintxos/tapas. Best in the world.

    Insider Tip:-A good place to try out Basque Pintxos is Rojo y Negro. It's not touristy, but they're patient with people who are new to it. The food is great too. -If you're looking for a quiet spot to read, try hiking around the mountain with the big Jesus statue. You'll find a place. -The city can be expensive, but if you play your cards right, you can get by eating Pintxos for most meals for decent prices. Just order one at a time and gauge the place's price. If it's too expensive, eat it and move on.

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    Beautiful coastal city with GREAT FOOD and busy party life in the old town.

    Very good food, you can't go wrong eating pinchos everywhere. All the food is amazing. The hype is real!

    Insider Tip:Make sure you walk up the mountain to the castle...great viewpoints of the city there.

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    San Sebastian

    San Sebastian is one of the best cities I have travelled to. First, go online and look for the pintxo pasaporte information. You don't need to do the actual tour, just write down the suggestions and do it yourself. Second, go to juantxo for sandwiches. Cheap and delicious, I recommend either the omelette (tortilla) with mushrooms or crab. Third, on Thursday night is Pintxo Pote, where several area bars offer a drink and pintxo for around 2€. Fourth, go sit at cafe de la concha and enjoy the view

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    San Sebastian, a beach town.

    i would highly recommend a stop in San Sebastian if you are traveling through northern Spain. The city is beautiful and has two wonderful beaches. Sadly when my girlfriend and I were there (in early April) it was still to cold to go in the water but it still was a great stop on our trip.

    Insider Tip:Make sure to walk old town and to go to the top on the hill that old town sit below. Hiking the hill is free of charge and gives you a great view of both beaches, the city, and the ocean. In addition, the pintxos bars provide amazing and cheap food; make sure to not try one but to bar hope trying new food in each one.

Spain: Itinerary

The north-eastern Spanish city is among one of Europe's favourite destinations for short breaks and a popular spot with inter-railers going to Spain. It is also home to some of the world's most fascinating architecture thanks to the works of Antoni Gaudi.

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