Old Town, San Sebastian

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Old Town, San Sebastian: Our most recommended tours and activities

San Sebastian: Gourmet Pintxo Tour

1. San Sebastian: Gourmet Pintxo Tour

The activity starts at the Alameda del Boulevard and takes place in San Sebastián's Old Town. You can choose to take part at around lunchtime (12:00 PM) or dinner time 7:00 PM). Enjoy a flexible 2-hour tour (or however long you prefer) and visit traditional places to try delicious pintxos. You will get to try around 4 different kinds, carefully selected by culinary experts and will also get 4 drinks to accompany each one. In between you will have the chance to discover the whereabouts of this amazing area full of history, getting mixed with the local people through the route that our guides will take you.

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From Bilbao: Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian Tour

2. From Bilbao: Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian Tour

See villages trapped in between mountains like the villages of Durango, Eibar and Elgoibar! Arrive at the core of the province, and after the industrial village of Azkoitia, you will arrive at your first stop, the Sanctuary of Loyola, hometown of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Here you will visit the Basilica and the tower house where he was born and lived. Depending on the time, you may wish to attend a ceremony. Next you follow the route towards the coast on the north, passing through Azpeitia. You will also pass through Zestoa, a famous natural spa village with healing waters that attracted the royalty of Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries. Later you will arrive to the coast at Zumaia, a beautiful village very much appreciated by Basque summer tourists. Following the coastal road you will arrive at your next stop, Getaria. A unique medieval fishing village and hometown of famous figures like captain Juan Sebastian Elcano (the first man to travel around the world by sea), and Cristobal Balenciaga, the famous designer. Then you will pass by Zarauz, a beautiful tourist spot with the largest beach in the province of Gipuzkoa. You will arrive finally to San Sebastian (or Donostia) where you will do a panoramic tour of the city. After lunch, you will do a walking tour into the old quarter visiting the most interesting streets and locations before returning to Bilbao in the evening. Follow the highway towards the east, into the province of Gipuzkoa. On the way to the Sanctuary of Loyola, you will be able to admire the areas of inner Basque Country, combined with rural valleys and industrial

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San Sebastian: Private Pintxos Basque -Tapas Tour

3. San Sebastian: Private Pintxos Basque -Tapas Tour

Enjoy this guided tour in San Sebastian, visiting the most historical and the most representative points in the historic center of San Sebastian. Along with a dose of history, you will get a special treat: a pintxos tasting tour which will visit a couple of the nicest pintxos bars in the old part of San Sebastian. Never heard of a pintxo? You'll be trying to re-create this Basque speciality at home after trying them here.  This tour goes for the famous "bar hopping" along different local places while you smell, see and of course, taste all the essence of Basque gastronomy. You will also be guided along to the local market to see all the fresh products displayed before going into the restaurants bars where Pintxos are made daily using only seasonal products. Do you really want to feel like a local? Then, this is your tour. Gather local people on their daily lives in the Old Quarter of San Sebastian.

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San Sebastian: Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Bus

4. San Sebastian: Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Bus

Explore the Belle Epoque resort town of San Sebastian at leisure with a 1-day ticket to the open-top double-decker sightseeing bus. Learn the history of the Basque city with the complimentary audio guide, available in 8 different languages. You are free to get on and off all day long with the same ticket, while a complimentary guide and map contains all stops on the route to plan your visit. The buses are adapted for people with reduced mobility and have a sliding roof in case of rain. See the sites of the Parte Vieja (Old Town) and the ancient area beyond the Miramar Palace. Admire the grandiose buildings of Constitution Square and marvel at the 19th-century San Sebastián Cathedral and the historic bridges across the Urumea River.  • Aquarium/Paseo Nuevo • San Telmo/Parte Vieja • Plaza Guipúzcoa • Estación de tren-bus/Tabakalera • Gros • Playa Zurriola/Kursal • La Concha • La Perla • Playa Ondarreta • Peine del Viento • Funicular Igueldo • Barrio del Antiguo • Palacio Miramar • Catedral Buen Pastor

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Bilbao Airport to the Basque Country: Private Transfers

5. Bilbao Airport to the Basque Country: Private Transfers

Arriving at an airport can be a stressful experience. You have to deal with customs, immigration and baggage claim. Then there is the scramble to find a cab. Take the stress out of this last stop in Bilbao, and book a private, pre-arranged transfer directly to your hotel. Travel by luxury vehicle, including new Mercedes E Class sedans, or Mercedes Viano minivans. Let your driver take the strain as they negotiate the busy streets of Bilbao, letting you sit back and relax. Journey times to the city takes approximately 20 minutes, traveling south through lush Basque Country landscape and farmlands. Enjoy the view as you experience professional door-to-door service, whether at the start or end of your vacation or business trip. Choose between different private transfers: Bilbao, Vitoria, La Rioja, Pamplona and San Sebastian (also known as Donostia).

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San Sebastián: City Tour with Pintxos and Wine

6. San Sebastián: City Tour with Pintxos and Wine

Discover the natural beauty of San Sebastián starting at the top of Mount Igueldo, finding the most amazing views of the city. Learn about the history of the Basque Country, the Bay of Biscay, and the role of San Sebastián in all this. Descend Igueldo aboard its wooden funicular, which is more than 100 years old. Get off next to the most photographed sculpture in the city, the Peine del Viento by Eduardo Chillida. Head to the other 'Finis Terrae' of the city, Sagüés and La Zurriola, the epicenter of the surfing scene in San Sebastián. Check out the main hallmarks of the city, its romantic nooks, the palace built for royal summers, the French-influenced, modernist, and rationalist buildings, or more recent architecture such as the Kursaal. Visit the gastronomic epicenter of San Sebastián; Old Town, home to the pintxo bars, the gastronomic Sociedades, and the seasoned locals enjoying the timeless 'Txikiteo' [a sort of uptempo bar-hopping]. Visit three of the most iconic bars to try their three most famous pintxos accompanied by cider, wine, or beer. End with a creamy, sweet artisanal ice cream.

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San Sebastián: Electric Scooter Tour

7. San Sebastián: Electric Scooter Tour

Explore the stunning city of San Sebastián, riding an electric scooter. Discover five neighborhoods, four sculptures, three beaches, two emblematic plazas, and a river. Start at the foot of Mount Ulia, in the neighborhood of Sagües. Arrive at the Urumea River to see the main architectural trends in San Sebastián. Travel en route to Urgull, an old military fort that has protected the city for centuries. Get unbeatable views of the bay of La Concha. Go to the port and the access gates to the Old Town. Enjoy the 2.5 kilometers that separate the Town Hall from the sculpture of the Wind Comb by Eduardo Chillida, at the other end of the Bay. See a bay in the perfect shape of a shell, a spa, old trees twisted by the maritime winds, and a palace that was the summer resort of Spanish Royalty for several years. Start at the top of Mount Igueldo and get the most amazing views of the city. Learn about the history of the Basque Country, the Bay of Biscay, and the role of San Sebastián. Stop at Plaza Easo and Plaza Gipuzkoa. Return to Gros to finish the tour in the purest Ikusnahi style, with a pintxo, a glass of wine, and a toast on the trendiest street in the neighborhood.

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What people are saying about Old Town, San Sebastian

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 62 reviews

Iker, our city guide was super personable and open-minded. He knew the city inside out. Was very well informed historically and culturally. Iker took us to special tapas bars with a lot of taste and good quality. I can only recommend this tour. Everything was very exciting and entertaining.

The tour far exceeded our expectations. In addition to the wines and the pinxtos, our guide Iker taught us a lot about the history of the city and the Basques. We had a wonderful evening in San Sebastian. This tour is definitely to be recommended!

It was a great experience, learned a lot about the culture , history, and language of north Spain. The views were gorgeous. Would highly recommend. The guide was brilliant.

Our guide (Stefan) was extremely pleasant and informative. We felt the tour was very good value and a great introduction to Basque culture.

Elena was a super knowledgeable, personable guide, and the pintxos were great too!