Michelin-starred restaurants, quaint pintxo bars and rolling waves make San Sebastian a popular destination for both foodies and surfers. Set in the Basque Country of northern Spain, the city enjoys one of the best inner-city beaches in Europe.
Things to do in San Sebastian
Ride the waves or watch the pros at La Zurriola Beach. When the winds pick up and the tide rolls in, it becomes one of Europe’s best surfing and windsurfing destinations. You can also soak in the sunshine at La Concha beach, where its sandy shoreline runs alongside a vibrant promenade.
Old Town San Sebastian is considered the heart of the city and is home to some of the best Spanish tapas bars in town and the famous Plaza de la Constitution square. The streets are lined with local bars, Basilica church, and boutique shops. Head to La Vina to dine on some of the best pintxos in the area.
Looking for an outdoor adventure? Head to Mount Urgull, as its presence towers over the Old Town. Follow the path from the Plaza de Zuloaga and enjoy the hour hike to the top, where you’ll find the Statue of Christ and panoramic views over the city.
Beside La Concha beach sits the Peine del Viento, a contemporary public artwork with a collection of three sculptures by Eduardo Chillida. The sculptures, dating back to 1976, are known as the “Comb of the Wind” and have been embedded into natural rock.
Getting around San Sebastian
San Sebastian Airport sits just 20 kilometers from the city center, while Bilbao Airport is just over an hour’s drive west. San Sebastian can be explored on foot or by hiring a bicycle. Alternatively, taxis and local buses can be used to travel further afield.