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 City Reviews

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    Heaven on Earth

    I first learned about this location through the Anthony Bourdain show and then a friend who is also a chef advised me about it and the food. Everything you buy from the bars is absolutely amazing, I couldn't believe how good the food was, and how fresh it tasted. If you're not into food then you'll love the beautiful clean beach that is minutes away. The town is clean and safe and somewhere I look forward to going to for many more years.

  • 50%


    Bit of a let down

    I was told by all my friends that San Sebastian was something i had to do, but to be honest it only has beaches and one nice walk and rained the whole time i was there so i cut my time short and left early, I had one day of sun and it wasn't to impressive to be honest.

    Insider Tip:check the weather before you go

  • 80%


    Fantastic underrated city

    It may not look like your typical Spanish city, maybe because it is too clean and well kept. It is the sort of city one would like to move to, beautiful and elegant, great beaches, civilized atmosphere, incredible restaurants.

  • 90%


    San Sebastián

    It's a great great city... specially if you live in France, near to the border and you need a get away weekend into spanish food, people, party. ... and don't forget that San Sebastian was the summer city of the Spanish Kings, so you'll be walking in probably one of the most beautiful city in Spain, with the best food for sure.

    Insider Tip:For being Spain, it might be the an "expensive" city, but it cheaper than any other french city for example. Average beer at bar: 2€

  • 90%


    Go to San Sebastian!

    I loved this city. It was a mix of Parisian architecture with Portuguese surf culture. I planned three days and ended up extending for a week. I could've stayed for two. There is so much to do here - outdoor activities, cultural things, sports, day trips. I highly recommend it.

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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