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Things To See in San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian Things To See

There’s no doubt that San Sebastian is a beach town, with Playa de la Concha, Playa de Ondarreta and Playa de Zurriola providing long stretches of sandy beaches for visitors to enjoy. A host of aquatic activities from swimming to surfing can also be enjoying in the waters surrounding San Sebastian.

Throughout the city’s various neighbourhoods you’ll find a wide variety of other attractions to check out during your stay. For example, in San Sebastian’s Parte Vieja or Old Town area boasts popular things to do like the Aquarium, the Naval Museum, Santa Maria and San Vincente Church. It’s also the home of Monte Urgull, which sports a stature of Jesus with arms outstretched at its peak.

Monte Igueldo with its carnival attractions, funicular and stunning views is also well worth a visit. At the foot of this mountain, make sure to check out the awesome ‘Wind Comb’ sculptures by local favourite Eduardo Chillida. This isn’t the only place Chillida’s work is celebrated in San Sebastian. In the Museo Chillida Leku, a large open-air museum, a selection of his sculptures are on show.

Attractions in San Sebastian

  • Arcco Amara

    Plaza de Irun 6, Amara Nuevo, San Sebastian, Spain

    A short trip from the city centre, this sprawling shopping complex was opened in 1996 and boasts four floors of stores selling clothes, shoes, sportswear, cosmetics, accessories, electronics and more. There’s a great choice of local brands to choose from here, along with some big names like Vodafone.

    Open Mon-Sat 9.30am-9.30pm, closed Sun.

  • Mercado de San Martín

    C/ de Urbieta 9, Centro, San Sebastian, Spain

    A mix of shopping centre and traditional market, San Martín should definitely be on your list of places to check out. Not only home to a selection of top national and international brands including Zara, Bershka, Body Shop and Fnac, in its lower level you’ll find lots of counters selling everything from jamón to shellfish.

    Open Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, closed Sun; traditional market daily 8am-8pm.

  • La Brexta

    Bretxa Plaza 1, Parte Vieja, San Sebastian, Spain

    Taking up three floors, La Bretxa combines a modern shopping centre with a large traditional food market. It boasts a great selection of stores selling clothes, shoes, cosmetics, jewellery, electronics, interiors and more. Some of the big name brands here include Hello Kitty, Timberland and Games Workshop.

    Open Mon-Sat 9.30am-9.30pm, closed Sun.

  • Avenida de la Libertad

    Centro, San Sebastian, Spain

    One of San Sebastian’s main thoroughfares, Avenida de la Libertad stretches out between La Concha Beach and the River Urumea. Along both sides of this leafy street you’ll come across some of the best shops in the city like upmarket department store Auzmendi. Other stores here include Blanco, H&M, Pimkie and more.

  • Calle Narrika

    Parte Vieja, San Sebastian, Spain

    Home to some of the coolest shops in San Sebastian’s old town area, this narrow street also has a few great alternative stores. From colourful jewellery to funky bags, you’ll find lots of tempting merchandise here, alongside more typical souvenir type fare.

  • Victoria Eugenia Theatre

    C/ República Argentina 2, Centro, San Sebastian, Spain

    Recently renovated, the Victoria Eugenia is San Sebastian’s premiere theatre. Established in 1912, today it boasts a stunning main theatre complete with 910 seats. A wide variety of events are held here, including dance, classical music performances, theatrical shows and concerts by contemporary bands.

    Box office open daily 11.30am-1.30pm & 5pm-8pm.

  • Playa de La Concha

    , San Sebastian, Spain

    A favourite with sun-seekers, this long stretch of sandy beach is one of the city’s best features. At most time of the day, you’ll see people strolling through the surf, heading out to swim or kayak in the Bahía de La Concha or simply sitting on the sand checking out the superb views of the bay, Monte Urgull and Monte Igueldo.

  • Peine De Los Vientos sculptures

    , San Sebastian, Spain

    It’s an enjoyable walk by the sea down Paseo Eduardo Chillida to where you’ll find this collection of three sculptures was created by famous local artist Chillida in 1977. The Peine De Los Vientos or Wind Comb is a well-loved monument of the city. Here you’ll find lots of people sitting on the nearby sea walls and steps to catch lots of different views of the sculptures and the sea beyond.

  • Buen Pastor Cathedral

    , San Sebastian, Spain

    You can’t miss this impressive Gothic cathedral thanks to its towering spire which stretches up for around 75 metres. Inside this important place of worship, you’ll find huge ceilings, beautiful stained glass and lots of religious art.

    Open Mon-Sat 8.30am-12.30pm & 5pm-8pm, Sundays during mass; admission free.

  • Plaza de Gipuzkoa

    , San Sebastian, Spain

    One of San Sebastian’s most picturesque squares, Plaza de Gipuzkoa is home to a pretty park rich in colourful flowers and handy benches. Here you can watch the ducks traverse their pond, check out the hedge clock and have a look at the cool star chart on the monument in the middle of the park.

  • Parque de Alderdi-Eder

    , San Sebastian, Spain

    Looking out on La Concha Beach and beside the Town Hall, this park area is an understandably busy spot. From it you’ll get great views of the bay, Monte Igueldo and Monte Urgull. The park itself boasts a number of fountains and flowerbeds, but the highlight is probably the kitschy old carousel still running in the park’s playground.

  • La Bodega Donostiarra

    C/ Pena Y Goni 13, Gros, San Sebastian, Spain

    The perfect spot to hear for a post-surfing feed, this restaurant and bar serves some of the best bocadillos in the city. These sandwiches are made from freshly baked baguettes with a variety of fillings including fresh tuna, tortillas de patatas and lots more. Prices are really reasonable and there are a good few tables where you can sit and eat, or if you prefer a street-side perch, there are some big barrel tables outside too.

  • Aquarium

    Plaza Carlos Blasco de Imaz 1, Parte Vieja, San Sebastian, Spain

    Boasting a stunning transparent tunnel where you can see everything from toothy sharks to gliding rays, this is one attraction you should definitely check out here. Opened in 1928, the Aquarium holds 32 different tanks and over 200 species. There’s also a lookout point with a brilliant view out across Bahía de la Concha.

    Open Oct-Mar Mon-Fri 10am-7pm Sat-Sun 10am-8pm, Apr-June & Sept Mon-Fri 10am-8pm Sat-Sun 10am-9pm, July-Aug daily 10am-10pm; admission €12.

  • kutxaEspacio de la Ciencia

    Paseo Mikeletegi 43-45, Miramón Parkea, San Sebastian, Spain

    In this museum you can literally reach out and touch science thanks to the huge number of interactive displays spread across the two floors. Check out the mini-tornado in its glass case, the labyrinth of mirrors, and lots more in this museum which appeals to all ages.

    Open Sept-June Tues-Fri 10am-7pm Sat-Sun 11am-7pm closed Mon, July-Aug Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 11am-8pm; admission €7.

  • Playa de Zurriola

    Gros, San Sebastian, Spain

    Surfing is the big draw here with plenty of seasoned surfers taking to their boards to check out the waves here each day. Beginners are catered for here too, with a surf school on the beach offering lessons as well as rentals on all the necessary paraphernalia. There’s a section of the surf specifically for swimmers too, and it’s also a great beach to just stroll along as you watch the surfers do their thing.

  • Museo Chillida Leku

    Bº Jáuregui, 66, Hernani, San Sebastian, Spain

    This open-air museum covers around 13 hectares and is about 20 minutes from the city on the G2 bus. Without a doubt one of San Sebastian’s most interesting attractions, Chillida Leku houses over 40 sculptures by famous artist Eduardo Chillida. From twisted steel to slabs of concrete, these artworks are visually stunning and housed in a pretty park setting.

    Open Sept-June Wed-Mon 10.30am-3pm closed Tues, July-Aug Mon-Sat 10.30am-8pm Aun 10.30am-3pm; admission €8.50.

  • Monte Igueldo

    Paseo del Faro, Igueldo, San Sebastian, Spain

    The best way to get to the top of Monte Igueldo is to take the funicular from the foot of the mountain. It’s a short trip providing great views of the city on the way up. These only get better when you step out onto the top of the mountain and look down on the bay and the entire city spread out below you. Apart from the view, you’ll find a tower to be climbed, a roller coaster, a labyrinth, bumper cars and a bunch of other carnival attractions.

    Opening hours vary with seasons and weather; funicular return ticket €2.50.

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