Gipuzkoa’s capital is the delightful resort of Donostia (its Basque name) - San Sebastian. The city combines historic architecture seamlessly with a modern, contemporary style. Surfers, holidaymakers, sailors and relaxed locals mix effortlessly to give San Sebastian a unique vibe and lively night life.
Spain’s stylish beach resort
Relax in La Concha bay
Surf Zurriola beach
The Chillida Bronze statues
Spectacular Panoramic views
La Parte Vieja
Shops, bars & restaurants
Plaza de la Constitution
Plaza de Gipuzkoa
San Vicente church
Santa Maria church
San Telmo Museum & Building
Chillida-Leku Sculpture Museum
Miramon Kutxaespacio Science centre
Donostia – San Sebastian Aquarium
Ideal base for
Exploring the Gipuzkoa coast
The Basque Hills
Donostia – San Sebastian enjoys an enviable location. On the shores of the Cantabrian Sea, embracing the unmistakable La Concha Bay watched over by the luscious green mounts of Igeldo and Urgull.
From the fashionable town centre a walk along La Concha bay will take you to Ondarreta beach. At the far end is ‘El Peine del Viento’ or ‘The Wind Comb’ – a famous work of art by a local sculptor Eduardo Chillida. Three iron sculptures resonate musically with the wind as they grasp onto the rocks being beaten by the ocean waves. Take the old funicular dating from 1912 up Mount Igeldo for spectacular panoramic views over the city. There is also an amusement park here with donkey rides for the children and rollercoasters for the older ones.
Close by, the Miramar palace and gardens also enjoy spectacular views over the city being located between its two beaches. Queen Maria Christina chose this place for her summer retreat and the gardens are now open for the public to enjoy.
At the opposite end of La Concha bay is the old town La Parte Vieja at the foot of Mount Urgull. The web of medieval narrow streets are alive with restaurants, bars, shops and historical monuments such as the Plaza de la Constitution, Plaza de Gipuzkoa and the churches of San Vicente and Santa Maria. Mount Urgull was a strategic lookout of high military value evidenced by the ruins of its fortified walls and castle.
Zurriola beach stretches east from the Urumea estuary. Notable not only by the kite surfers out to sea but by Kursaal Palace, the highly modern auditorium and congress hall that lights up like two giant translucent cubes on the waterfront representing two beached rocks.