Discovering the best of San Sebastián

Helena Guerrero Gonzalez | Live the World

May 29, 2024

The beautiful city of San Sebastian, affectionately known as Donostia, is tucked away along the stunning coastline of Spain's Basque Country. The type of landscape in the northern regions of Spain is very different from that of the southern and eastern regions. It is well worth spending a few days here, especially if it is summer and you want to escape the high temperatures of the rest of the country.  San Sebastián beckons travelers with its irresistible allure. From pristine beaches to a rich cultural heritage, world-renowned cuisine to awe-inspiring natural beauty, this place has something for every adventurous soul. So, let me tell you about possible tours or activities to uncover the hidden treasures of this remarkable destination, which is less than an hour and thirty minutes drive from the magical Gaztelugatxe, in the province of Bilbao.

Immerse Yourself in the Local Culture and Savor Gastronomic Delights 

As you step onto the vibrant streets of San Sebastian, get ready to be swept away by the city's authentic charm. Begin your adventure by joining a [guided walking tour](, allowing you to dive headfirst into the heart of the city's pulsating old town. With the company of passionate local guides, let the history and stories of San Sebastian come alive. Marvel at the graceful Buen Pastor Cathedral, soak in the lively atmosphere of Constitution Square, and bask in the grandeur of the legendary Victoria Eugenia Theatre. These iconic landmarks serve as a testament to the city's rich cultural heritage.

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Of course, no visit to San Sebastian would be complete without indulging in its world-famous gastronomy. Treat your taste buds to an extraordinary culinary journey as you sample the mouthwatering pintxos (Basque tapas) paired with delightful local beverages. Each bite tells a story, showcasing the region's culinary prowess and innovation. From traditional flavours to innovative fusions, the gastronomic scene in San Sebastian is a true feast for the senses.

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Santa Clara Island, a natural paradise

While San Sebastian charms with its urban delights, it also boasts breathtaking natural beauty that beckons to be explored. Take a short boat ride from the city's harbour and arrive at the captivating Sa[nta Clara Island]( Feel the soft sand beneath your toes as you stroll along the pristine beaches, or find a tranquil spot to unwind and soak up the sun. The island's lush greenery invites you to embark on leisurely walks, immersing yourself in the soothing sounds of nature. Take in panoramic views of the city's coastline from the island's viewpoint, capturing unforgettable memories and rejuvenating your spirit.

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San Sebastian's Touristic Train 

For a delightful and relaxing sightseeing experience, ho[p aboard San Sebastian's charming touristic train]( Embark on a journey that showcases the city's picturesque landscapes, from its iconic beaches to the breathtaking Mount Urgull. As you wind through the city's streets, listen to fascinating anecdotes and stories shared by the friendly train guide. The tour offers a perfect blend of historical insights and panoramic views, allowing you to appreciate the unique beauty of San Sebastian from a different perspective.


San Sebastian, with its captivating culture, tantalizing gastronomy, and awe-inspiring nature, truly captures the essence of a dream destination. Embark on a personalized adventure, weaving through the vibrant streets of the old town, savouring delectable pintxos, and immersing yourself in the local culture. Escape to Santa Clara Island, a haven of tranquility and natural splendour, or embark on a scenic touristic train journey that unveils the city's hidden gems. San Sebastian promises an unforgettable travel experience, where culture, gastronomy, and nature intertwine to create lifelong memories. But honestly, there is so much more to say and discover about San Sebastian, stay tuned because  I will continue to tell you about it in the following stories.

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