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24 Feb

Sun, Sand And Splendour In San Sebastián

San SebastianVisit The Bay Of Biscay For An Unforgettable City Break

San Sebastián is a perfect mix of Spanish sun, sand and sophistication. Learn about the mountains, the beaches and the cuisine in this charming gem of a city.

San Sebastián is an absolute treasure of a coastal city destination in Northern Spain. Located in the Bay of Biscay, the city rose in popularity during the 19th century when Spanish Royals chose to head here on their holidays to escape the smothering heat of Central Spain. Tourists still continue to flock here today and it’s easy to see why it is so popular.

Stunning Scenery

San Sebastián perfectly combines a beautiful city which is surrounded by a backdrop of mountains as well as the stunning coastline. The hills are easily accessible and it is possible to venture up Monte Urgull to explore the ruins, or to enjoy the amusement park at the top of Monte Igueldo. The latter includes the chance to try out the funicular railway which offers superb views of San Sebastián.

Areas and Architecture

You can’t help but be wowed by the generous mix of architecture and green spaces in San Sebastián. All quarters of the city are worth exploring but particular mention must go to the Parte Vieja, also known as the Old Town. This is home to Buen Pastor Cathedral which is the most popular attraction in the city. Other buildings of note include the Basilica de Santa Maria and the San Vincente church. Plaza de la Constitucion is also an interesting spot as it is a former bullring that has now been converted into a relaxation space, serving as quite a hub for locals and tourists alike.

If you’d like to check out some exquisite Spanish boutiques, then head to the Centro Romantico which is San Sebastián’s shopping and commercial district.


You’d be mad to visit San Sebastián without visiting at least one of its beautiful golden sand beaches. The most famous beach is the city’s Playa de la Concha. Whether you’re looking to get a tan, play beach games with your family or swim in the moderate sea temperatures, La Concha is the place for you. However, it is not the only beach that the city has to offer. Playa de la Zurriola, which is also known as Playa de Gros, is equally beautiful and is arguably more popular with the younger and more active generations. Although you will spot some surf champs there, it is also a brilliant place for total beginners to join a surf course or workshop to learn some impressive moves.

Gastronomy and Bar Culture

Holiday-makers hoping for some delicious tapas treats will be far from disappointed in San Sebastián. The city regularly tops the lists of best restaurants in the world, with many Michelin- starred chefs choosing to reside here. There are a multitude of pincho bars in the city, each offering artistic and experimental cuisine to delight your tastebuds.

In terms of nightlife, San Sebastián has much to offer. You’ll find a lively bar scene which is intermingled with the city’s favourite pincho haunts. It is vibrant yet manages to boast an air of sophistication rather than rowdiness.

It is hard to imagine a European city that is more perfect than San Sebastián. Book your flights and Spanish travel insurance for an unforgettable city break today.