San Sebastian Donostia (2022 Practical City & Travel Guide + Advice)

Last Updated on December 2, 2022

San Sebastian (Donostia) is a beautiful and elegant Basque city situated on the northern part of Spain. San Sebastian, also know as Donostia, is also a popular summer resort. San Sebastian is a great city that the development and interest in science, technology and culture make the city of the leading cities in Spain and Europe.

Top Things to Do & See

Things to do in San Sebastian are endless. The must see sights and top attractions include;

  • La Concha Bay which is the Queen of all beaches,
  • the Old Town of the San Sebastian,
  • Pintxos (Tapas),
  • the Belle Epoque architecture of San Sebastian,
  • the Port, a one hour stroll along the Seafront,
  • exploring the Basque culture in San Telmo Museum,
  • water and aquatic sports at the San Sebastian beaches,
  • enjoying the panoramic views of the city from its three mountains Igeldo, Urgull and Ulia,
  • enjoy shopping and buying a bottle of txakoli wine, a pantxineta custard slice or Idiazabal cheese, a surf board “made in San Sebastian” or a piece of local art.

Top Areas & Districts

There are six famous districts of San Sebastian that worth a visit and explore. All districts has variety of great sights and attractions.

The San Sebastian Old Town district is also a gateway or starting point for the best attractions and sights of San Sebastian that include; Mount Urgull, the San Vicente and Santa María churches, the San Telmo Museum and the fishing port. The San Sebastian Centre is known for “architecture, Belle Epoque & shopping”.

Gros district has many great places that offer the best trendy ‘pintxeros’ pintxos and tapas bars in San Sebastian mostly at the famous pedestrianised Pena y Goni & Zabaleta Streets. And of course, La Zurriola beach for beach goers.

Egia district is the nighbouring district to the south of Gros. Egia is the new trendy neighbourhood of San Sebastian that worth a visit and see. Egia has also become the new focus of the music life in the city. There are many bars in the area with live music and shows.

Antiguo district has a beach, a mountain with a retro amusement park, an English-style royal mansion, Miramar Palace and variety of great of shops, hotels and restaurants.

Igeldo district has the Mount Igeldo & Amusement Park which is one of the best attractions in San Sebastian.

Amara and Riberas districts are known as “sportly neighbourhoods on the Urumera riverfront”.

Aiete and Miramon districts districts are known as “a green lung among science and innovation”. Aiete and Miramon are situated on a hill at the southern end of San Sebastian, in an area that was once full of farmsteads and cider houses.

Gastronomy & Eating Out

As for gastronomy and eating outSan Sebastian is the world’s leading gastronomic destinations that the city has been chosen as the world’s Best Culinary Destination for 2017.

In San Sebastian, you may go out for pintxos in a little bar in Gros or the Old Town or sit at a table to dine in one of popular restaurants the centre.

Beaches & Water Sports

As for beaches in San Sebastian; the beaches of the city offers great attractions and beauties for the visitors. La Concha, La Zurriola, Ondarrate and Cala Tximisturri are the best beaches in San Sebastian.

As for water sports in San Sebastian; the Zurriola Beach, situated to the east of San Sebastian, has constant waves that is very ideal for surfing enthusiasts.

As La Concha Bay also has sheltered waters, holidaymakers may also do water sports activities such as canoe, paddle surf, sailing, scuba diving or open water swimming.

Outdoor Sports

As for outdoor sports in San Sebastian; the city has lovely promenades on the seafront and countless pedestrianized streets for running and cycling lovers.

San Sebastian is also a perfect destination for trekking and hiking lovers.

Entertainment & Nightlife

As for nightlife in San Sebastian; wandering around the Old Town, the Gros district and the Reyes Católicos Street is the best location to start nightlife in San Sebastian.

The nightlife and entertainment continues after 3 am. in the port and on the Zurriola and La Concha beaches. There are nice selection of nightclubs on the seafront.

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