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  • 1 Bahia de La Concha Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    San Sebastián owes its nickname, "pearl of the Cantábrica", to its scallop-shaped bay, La Concha. Partially closed by the islet of Santa Clara, it stretches from Monte Urgull to Monte Igueldo. Two vast sand beaches follow the curve of the b..

  • 2 Panorama of Mount Igueldo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    accès par funiculaire

    The summit is occupied by an amusement park and restaurant, and affords splendid panoramic views over the sea, the harbour with the Isla de Santa Clara, San Sebastián in its cirque of mountains. In the evening, the illuminated town is a fine spectacl..

  • 3 Paseo de la Concha Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Starting from the town hall and continuing to Miramar Park, this promenade has a world-renowned view over the bay of San Sebastian, "La Concha" (so called on account of its shell-like shape).

  • 4 Playa de Ondarreta Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Beyond Playa de la Concha (and after the park), the sand continues to the foot of Mt Igueldo. In terms of sunshine and sand, this noble beach abutting the Ondarreta district is by no means inferior to its neighbour (indeed only a rocky outcrop separa..

  • 5 Aiete Cultural Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Laid out on a hill in the heart of a residential quarter, this lovely park is undoubtedly San Sebastián's finest. The creation of Franco-Spanish gardener Pierre Ducasse (1836-1892), it surrounds the neo-Classical palace (1878), Franco's summer reside..

  • 6 Panorama of Mount Urgull Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    This hill is occupied by a municipal park and crowned by the Fort de la Mota. At the top, a fine panorama over the Concha and the monuments of the old town below.

  • 7 Museo de San Telmo Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Pl. Zuloaga 1

    The San Telmo Museum occupies a former Dominican monastery, founded in the 16C, which includes a church decorated by the Catalan José María Sert (1874-1945) and very fine cloisters. The museum houses an exceptional collection of discoid stelae. The e..

  • 8 Playa de la Zurriola Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    At the mouth of the River Urumea, beyond Kursaal and running the length of the Gros district, this is a surfers' beach. Less busy than those in the bay (Playa de la Concha and Playa de Ondarreta), it has a more convivial, "intimate" ambienc..

  • 9 Mount Ulía Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    After several twists and turns along which there are some views over the town and its surroundings, you reach the summit: here, straight ahead through a fine park, is the restaurant on Mount Ulía.

  • 10 San Sebastián Aquarium Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Pl. Karlos-Blasco-de-Imaz 1

    The Palacio del Mar - Sea Palace - houses a museum of oceanography and an aquarium. Here, you can see the Oceanorium, a basin with a large 360m tunnel running across it, immersing you in the mysterious world of the ocean.

  • 11 Plaza de la Constitución

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Surrounded by buildings with high arcades, this was used as the arena for the first races in San Sebastián. The numbers on the balconies prove that they were once used as boxes.

  • 12 Church of Santa María de Donostia

    Religious buildings

    calle 31 de Agosto 46

    Note the opulent late 18C portal. The simplicity of the interior architecture makes the number of baroque altars even more striking.

  • 13 Paseo Nuevo

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This wide promenade around Mount Urgull has some lovely views of the Cantabrian Sea and the bay. It leads to the colourful port where fishing boats and sailboats sit side by side.

  • 14 San Sebastian's Naval Museum

    Museums and art

    Paseo del Muelle 24

    Housed in a simple 18C building originally intended to house the produce exchange. Every year, the museum hosts one or two temporary exhibitions that show how important the sea has been in the history of the Basque Country.

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