Top Things to do in San Sebastian

La Concha Beach

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In the summer the top attraction will be La Concha Beach and, as previously stated,  Aside from beautiful beaches, there are several top attractions in San Sebastian you won’t want to miss on your visit.


Buen Pastor Cathedral

Buen Pastor Cathedral is a 19th-century cathedral built in Neo-Gothic style. The cathedral has held the title of the cathedral since the 1950s and has seating for 4,000. Its spire has a height of 246 feet. Inside you will find a beautifully crafted interior and a very large organ that at one time was one of the biggest in Europe.



San Sebastian is a food lover’s city. The San Sebastian Food Tour showcases this with two types of tours. The first is the Pintxo Lunch Time Tasting Tour, which pairs pinxtos with local ciders and wines. This tour lasts about two and a half hours and costs 95 euros. The tour changes every day but you can expect to eat anything from squid to steak. The second tour offered is the Pintxo Dinner Tasting Tour. This tour is just like the lunchtime tour, except it is at dinner time. This tour will take you to up to six pintxo bars and lasts about three hours. The dinner time tour starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m. It will run you 110 euros.


Monte Urgull

Urgull is a hill which was once a military stronghold. The hill offers a beautiful view of San Sebastian as well as the bay and the mountains off in the distance. At the top, you will find a former military stronghold complete with headquarters and barracks. There is also the Mota Castle and a statue of Jesus which resides over the hill and can be seen from just about everywhere in San Sebastian.


Basilica of Saint Mary of the Chorus

The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Chorus was completed in 1774 on the site of a former church. The church which stood here suffered a large explosion due to gunpowder and reconstruction on the site began in 1743. This basilica was constructed using Neo-Gothic architectural style and is a good way to compliment a visit to the Buen Pastor Cathedral. The church is located in the Old Town of San Sebastian, which has balconied buildings and cobblestone streets that once held bullfights.


San Telmo Museum

San Telmo Museum will give visitors an insight into the culture of Basque country. San Telmo museum is broken down into different sections like archaeology, fine arts and history. Each section is designed to give you an overview of the heritage of the Basque country. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and on Tuesday admission is free. If you are travelling to San Sebastian and want to get a better feel for the people who live in the area, this is the perfect way to learn about their culture and history.


Miramar Royal Palace

Miramar Royal Palace was built in the late 1800s for the Spanish royal family. The palace has an English-style design and sits by the sea. There are guided tours available for the property and its gardens. The palace now houses the Higher School of Music of the Basque Country and the summer courses for The University of the Basque Country.


As previously noted, some of the top attractions in San Sebastian are the beaches. The town has several beaches, each offering something different. Try and stop by each of the cities four beaches to experience which each has to offer. La Concha is most well-known for its sandy beach and calm waters. The Ondarreta beach is a part of La Concha beach (they are both in the bay area), but it is further away from the city which results in it being much less crowded. The Zurriola beach is where the surfing in San Sebastian happens, it also a beach where the younger crowd goes.

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