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San Sebastián

This Spanish coastal town offers sunny beaches, a charming old town, and scores of Michelin-starred food.

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  • San Sebastian: Sightseeing Catamaran Bay Tour

    1. San Sebastian: Sightseeing Catamaran Bay Tour

    Depart from the beautiful fishing harbour of San Sebastián. Sail through the bay and along the coast of the city on a modern catamaran. Sail out of Bahía de la Concha (seashell bay) and discover various points of interest such as the Oteiza sculpture, Paseo Nuevo Sea Wall, the mouth of the Urumea River, Kursaal, Zurriola Beach, Mount Ulia, Mount Igeldo, and the Peine del Viento (Wind Comb sculpture).  Returning to Bahía de la Concha, see Ondarreta Beach, Miramar Palace, Pico del Loro (Parrot’s Beak), and City Hall. Enjoy beautiful views of the city from the ocean, and enjoy fantastic photo opportunities throughout the tour.

  • San Sebastian: Hondarribia, San Pedro, and San Juan Tour

    2. San Sebastian: Hondarribia, San Pedro, and San Juan Tour

    After being picked up from your hotel, make a first stop is Hondarribia. On the border with France, Hondarribia is one of the most beautiful coastline villages in Gipuzkoa. Take a stroll around the port and famous Marina neighborhood which are well worth visiting. Later head to the old fishing village of San Juan (Pasaia), before you hop on the boat and cross the bay to San Pedro, the last stop. These 2 villages are part of Pasajes, which takes the name from the bay that separates them. After the tour ends, your guide will drop you off at your hotel or any other place of your convenience in San Sebastian. The short distance from the city makes this the perfect half day tour; escape from the hustle of Donostia in the morning and still have time to enjoy it in the afternoon.

    We were collected from our hotel by Ainhoa, and from the outset she was chatty and very informative of the region and it’s history. We drove to the three destinations and had a really enjoyable time with plenty of photos and memories of a beautiful part of the world.

  • San Sebastian: Gourmet Pintxo Tour

    3. 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.

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

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

    4. 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 vil...

    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.

  • From Bilbao: San Sebastian and Biarritz Full Day Tour

    5. From Bilbao: San Sebastian and Biarritz Full Day Tour

    Delight in the renowned beaches of Biarritz, meander through the narrow streets of Saint Jean De Luz, taste local cuisine at the fishing village of Hondarribia, and marvel at the architectural beauty of San Sebastian on this full day tour from Bilbao. Follow the highway towards the east, through stunning natural landscapes, to arrive at Biarritz. Known as the Beach of Kings, it was a magnet for famous and royalty such as Napoleon III, Gary Cooper, and Frank Sinatra, and is still nowadays a very important tourist destination. Stroll through the old port, the Virgin on the Rock, and the scenic streets of this sea-side village. Next, following the panoramic coastal road views, you will continue onto Saint Jean De Luz, a lovely small village located on the French Basque coast. The house of Louis XIV, the Church of Saint Jean Baptist, and charming narrow streets are tourist highlights. Onw...

    We loved Estefan! Knowledgeable and very enthusiastic. We thought it was good value for money, and loved 3/4 stops. The lunch stop in Honorarriba, could have been skipped. It wasn’t very good in my opinion. Really enjoyed it overall.

  • From Bilbao: San Sebastian and Gipuzkoa Coast Tour

    6. From Bilbao: San Sebastian and Gipuzkoa Coast Tour

    Explore the stunning sights of San Sebastian, one of Europe’s most charming cities just an hour away from Bilbao, famous for its high quality food and pintxos, a traditional Spanish snack. Start the day with a wander around the city with your expert guide and learn about the area and the locals. Refuel your energy with a stop for some pintxos and a refreshing drink to keep you going throughout the day. Next, visit a number of small fishing villages on the coast, including Orio, Getaria, and San Telmo, and get to know the locals and their traditional way of life.

  • San Sebastian: Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Train

    7. San Sebastian: Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Train

    Come aboard this sightseeing train and you will discover everything that makes San Sebastian a unique and special place. The departure point is located in the heart of the historic city center next to the Cantabrian sea, on Paseo de Salamanca. The train route goes around the historic center, along the bay of La Concha to see the Santa Clara Island, Mount Urgull, the Miramar Palace, the Buen Pastor Cathedral, the Victoria Eugenia Theatre, and more. Hop on and off at your leisure. The vehicle, an articulated train with 2 carriages, has screens in case of rain, panoramic roofs in all carriages providing easy visibility for all passengers. They also have TFT screens with information about different places on the tour and the various excursions that you can purchase from the Donostia-San Sebastián City Tour office.

  • San Sebastián Small Group Bike Tour

    8. San Sebastián Small Group Bike Tour

    The activity takes place in San Sebastián's romantic area and departs in late morning or afternoon from the Good Shepherd Cathedral. Depending on the time spent at every spot, which depends on the interests of the visitors, the total length of the activity may vary. From the Cathedral you will visit up to 15 spots in total, including 3 beaches, the Comb of the Wind and more.

  • From San Sebastian: Flavors of French Basque Country Tour

    9. From San Sebastian: Flavors of French Basque Country Tour

    Embark on a guided gastronomic adventure through the French Basque Coast of Iparralde, one of the most picturesque regions on the Atlantic Coast. Explore the seaside villages of Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz & Guethary and sample its local specialties. Be introduced to the history of the area. Meet your guide in the morning. Enjoy a spectacular drive along the corniche basque to Saint Jean de Luz. Start your culinary journey with a visit to the local ‘affineur’, an expert who receives cheese from producers and holds it in their shop until it’s ready to eat. Sample a selection of ‘raised’ by affineur cheeses. Sip French Basque wine from Irulegui. Next up, take a stroll along the streets of the town listening to the thrilling stories of local pirates, corsairs, sailors and fisherman. Enjoy free time to visit the 13th-century church of St. John the Baptist with its remarkable hull-shaped w...

  • San Sebastián: 2-Hour Walking Tour with Pintxo and Drink

    10. San Sebastián: 2-Hour Walking Tour with Pintxo and Drink

    Explore San Sebastián like a local on a 2-hour walking tour with a local guide. Meet at the kiosk on Alameda del Boulevard in the morning or late afternoon, depending on your preferred departure time. See 15 of the most significant sites in the romantic Old Town area, and learn more about the people and culture of the Basque Country and the beautiful city along the way. End with a tasting of a typical snack from the Basque Country and experience the pintxo tradition of eating small dishes with a drink.

    Guide very helpful and knowledgeablegible so excellent introduction to San Sebastian

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What people are saying about San Sebastián

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 290 reviews

Beautiful scenery. interesting to know about the geo system. Excellent Guide well prepared and well informed. Speaks good English. Be prepared for ups and downs hills. Must wear good shoes for walking.

Angel is a great guide, his explanations are excellent and the visit to the geopark together with the views that there are are one of the things you must do in San Sebastián

Super economical. The Walk is very enjoyed. I had to change the date of the Tour at the last minute and they had no problems, very kind in the attention.

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

It is very good and you can eat for less than € 20 which being there is fine