San Sebastian The Centre & Romantic Area (Top Things to Do & See)

Last Updated on March 28, 2021

The Centre & Romantic Area of San Sebastian is other the popular district of San Sebastian and place to visit and see. The San Sebastian centre is known for “architecture, Belle Epoque & shopping”. Below you can find top things to do and see at the centre and romatic area of San Sebastian with insider advice.


Travellers may enjoy the charm of the Belle Epoque in the casinos, theatres and hotels of the San Sebastian centre. The main shopping streets are located at the San Sebastian Centre. And of course, La Concha beach for beach goers.

The Romantic Area of San Sebastian is famous for its lively streets and pedestrianised squares with shopping areas and coffee terraces.

As for shopping at the San Sebastian Centre, the district offers small upmarket stores and the top international brands.

Top Things to Do & See in San Sebastian Centre & Romantic Area

The Boulevard

The Boulevard are is a borderline from the Old Town via old city walls, with the romantic area of San Sebastian. The Boulevard is the most bustling pedestrian area of the city that travellers may find lovely shops, ice cream parlours on the tree-lined avenue of Boulevard. The Boulevard clock at the area is the meeting point of many tourists, friends or couples.


The City Hall

The City Hall is a charming building that was built in 1887. The places once was the casino of San Sebastian.

Alderdi Eder Gardens

Located on the opposite of the City Hall, the Alderdi Eder Gardens is a 19th century beautiful gardens area with a carousel for kids. The tamarisks or tamarind trees at the gardens is very common in all marine areas of San Sebastian.

Gipuzkoa Square

Gipuzkoa Square is the first city park that has a 19th century French-style garden. The square is overlooked by the Provincial Council building.

Victoria Eugenia Theatre & Hotel Maria Cristina

Victoria Eugenia Theatre & Hotel Maria Cristina are the two Belle Epoque landmarks of San Sebastian. Many many celebrities have passed through the doors of these two buildings.

Maria Cristina Bridge

It is the third bridge along the River Urumea. A lively bridge with fancy streetlights like the Alexander III Bridge in Paris.

Bilbao Square

Right after the Maria Cristina Bridge, there comes the Bilbao Square. The square has a circular design with a 20th century built beautiful fountain at its centre. The square is a gateway to the romantic area and many main shopping streets of San Sebastian that include Hondarribia and Loiola streets.

El Buen Pastor Cathedral


The El Buen Pastor Cathedral is one of the most popular historical sites of San Sebastian. The neo gothic style church is located at the Old Town of San Sebastian and it is the largest landmark of the city.
Address: Plaza del Buen Pastor s/n, 20005 San Sebastián
Tel:+34 943 455 123
Opening Hours: from Monday to Sunday; from 08:30 to 12:30 and from 17:00 to 20:00

Koldo Mitxelena Cultural Centre

The Koldo Mitxelena Cultural Centre is home to a library as well as numerous events and contemporary exhibitions are held at the centre.

San Martin Market

San Martin (Mercado de San Martin) is a food market dating back to over one hundred years, located on the way to La Concha Beach. Visitors may find stalls selling fresh products from local market gardens and also butchers and fishmongers.

La Concha beach

La Concha beach is the best known and most popular beach in San Sebastian. La Concha beach is also one of the best beaches in Spain. La Concha beach is 1350 metres long and 40 metres wide. La Concha beach stretches for about one and a half kilometre.

La Perla Talaso Sport Centre

La Perla Talaso Sport Centre is a renovated (opened in 1912) Belle Epoque building.

Homenaje a Fleming (Homage to Fleming)

Homenaje a Fleming is a lovely sculpture made by the local artist Eduardo Chillida, located on a balcony with splendid views of the La Concha Bay and Santa Clara Island.