San Sebastián

San Sebastián Travel Guide

For many visitors, the top two things to do in San Sebastian are to relax on the beach, and relax on the beach. For resort-style water sports, try the Playa del Gros, home to generous, mellow, easy waves that make it an ideal spot to experiment with surfing if you’re a first-timer (it’s popular with the greats too). There are always great things to do in San Sebastian. You can get a quick course in Basque history and culture at Museo de San Telmo, the 16th-century Dominican monastery in the Old Town, at the base of Monte Urgull. Aside from Basque artifacts, you can see art by Golden Age artists such as Robera and El Greco, and several Basque painters. Abstract sculptor Eduardo Chillida is one of the legends of the Basque art world, and at Museo Chillida-Leku you can see the highlights of his career. But his masterpiece is found outside the museum, but still in town—Comb of the Wind, a 1977 steel sculpture that sits at one end of Ondarreta beach, at a lookout over the Bay of Biscay. What to do in San Sebastian if you travel by your stomach? Take a guided tour of pintxos. Check in at the tourist office in town, which runs two-hour tours of the city’s best pintxo bars.

This “concept store” is a design shop and hair salon that also sells clothing, books, and cosmetics.

Take a stroll to the Palacio de Miramar, Queen María Christina's old haunt. Her gardens are perfect for a picnic with a royal ocean view.

Stylish leather shoes.