7 Must-See Places on Your First Visit to San Sebastian

Everyone who visits San Sebastian falls in love with the city, and it’s no wonder why!

After all, any place with such delicious food and such beautiful surroundings is sure to be a favorite. If you’re heading to northern Spain and want to make the most of your trip, follow our guide of the top things to see in San Sebastian. We’re sure you’ll leave with a new favorite Spanish city!

Planning a trip to San Sebastian? You're in luck! This charming city in northern Spain is full of delicious food and interesting places to visit. Take a look at our top 7 things to see in San Sebastian, and you'll be well on your way to planning a perfect trip!

1. Emblematic La Concha beach

When you arrive in San Sebastian, you may find yourself naturally gravitating to La Concha—don’t fight it! Follow the crowds and take in San Sebastian’s most typical sight. Enjoy the panoramic view of the coastline from the boardwalk, but make sure to spend some time down on the sand as well. Depending on the weather, you may even want to slip off your shoes and stay awhile!

One of the most typical things to see in San Sebastian is the beach at the heart of the city: La Concha!
Take a stroll on “the shell”—San Sebastian’s La Concha beach!

2. An insight into Basque culture at San Telmo Museoa

If you’re interested in learning more about the history and culture of the Basque people, then this is one of the things to see in San Sebastian that you have to check out! Architecture buffs will love the combination of modern and historical structures, and everyone is sure to learn something! Displays are only in Spanish and Basque although there are some general descriptions of each area in English. Especially if the weather is gloomy outside, this is a lovely place to pass a couple of hours.

Address: Plaza Zuloaga, 1
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 – 20:00

Insider’s Tip: We recommend visiting on Tuesdays when admission is free!

3. The inside of a packed pintxos bar

If you leave San Sebastian having learned only one new word, let it be pintxo! These relatives of tapas are delicious in many parts of northern Spain, but nowhere does it quite like San Sebastian. Stroll through the old town and this will become abundantly clear when you see locals and tourists alike spilling into the street from the interior of some overflowing bar. For the best pintxos the city has to offer, join us on our Ultimate Pinxos & Wine Tour. We’ll take you to our favorite can’t-miss stops and show you what to try and how to order it. You’ll come out of the experience a changed person, with new Basque vocabulary and a reverence for San Sebastian’s pintxos scene.

One of the essential things to see in San Sebastian is the pintxo culture first-hand! You'll leave these delicious small bites, and can taste the best ones in the city on our Ultimate Pintxos & Wine Tour.
The hardest part about eating pintxos is not getting full at the first bar!

4. The waves crashing over the Comb of the Wind

Standing in front of this metal sculpture and watching the waves soak it is almost therapeutic. The Comb of the Wind is a sculpture by a Basque artist and the show put on by the waves and the statue is one of our favorite things to see in San Sebastian. Not just a treat for the eyes, the statue’s interaction with the water also results in a peculiar sound. If it’s a stormy day, the spectacle of the waves is even greater! Spend some time here and enjoy the sound of the water and the refreshing ocean spray!

Address: Paseo Eduardo Chillida

The Comb of the Wind is a metal sculpture in the sea, and it's one of our favorite things to see in San Sebastian.
A great way to take advantage of a stormy day is by visiting the Comb of the Wind to enjoy the show! Photo Credit: Wouter Homs

5. A Basque vineyard with a glass of Txakoli in your hand

Txakoli is a dry, slightly sparkling white wine produced in the Basque Country, as well as in Cantabria and northern Burgos. Once you’ve tried it while looking out over the rows of grape vines, you’ll know why this is on our list of things to see in San Sebastian!

Take a short trip outside the city center to visit a coastal winery with stunning views. Tour the vineyard, taste this delicious wine (and bring a few bottles home!). In just around a half hour, you can be at Rezabal Txakolindegia or Txomin Etxaniz sipping on your new favorite white wine while soaking in the vineyard views.

6. San Sebastian from above

Put on your hiking shoes to visit Mount Urgull or hop into the cable car and head for the top of Mount Igueldo. From these vantage points, you will be treated to stunning views of the ocean and La Concha beach below. Spend some time at the top enjoying the ocean air and exploring. Make sure to take photos to remember this picture-perfect view by!

One of the best things to see in San Sebastian is the view of La Concha beach from the top of a lookout point.
Head to the top of Mount Igueldo for a different perspective of La Concha. Photo Credit: Cycling Locations

7. Peaceful Parque de Cristina Enea

For an oasis of calm off the beaten tourist track, head to Cristina Enea Park. This peaceful park is full of trees and is a great green space in the city. Pack a picnic or simply go for a stroll on the many footpaths, and you’ll head back into the center refreshed and ready to tackle more of the top things to see in San Sebastian!

Address: Mandasko Dukearen Pasealekua, 66

4 Comment

  1. Marcie Beebe says
    July 30, 2018 at 2:29 am

    I want the local tour! Never been to Spain but I feel I may not leave! I’d love to surf and eat, 2 things San Sebastián is know for!

    1. Katie says
      July 30, 2018 at 8:54 am

      Hi Marcie! That sounds like the PERFECT day in San Sebastian! Hope you’re able to plan a trip soon!

  2. October 23, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Just came back from my first visit there last week!! And yes I fell in love 😍

    1. Devour Tours says
      October 28, 2019 at 8:26 am

      Thanks for reading, Susan—so glad to hear you had a great time in San Sebastian!

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