Discover the gem of the Basque Country: San Sebastian

One of the most charming cities in all of Spain is San Sebastian, which is mainly known for its beautiful coast on the Cantabrian Sea, its delicious gastronomy, and its emblematic architectural buildings where you can admire the colors of the city.

The great advantage of the tourist attractions is that they are very close to each other. One of the best places to spend an entire day is La Concha beach, considered one of the most beautiful urban beaches in Europe. Its fantastic promenade, adorned with an ornate white railing, has become the symbol of the Basque city.

We also recommend you visit more relaxed beaches, like Ondarreta and Zurriola beach. The latter is especially for surfing, as it is one of the most popular for local surfers and visitors who enjoy this sport.

The views of San Sebastian will take your breath away, and one of the best viewpoints is on Mount Igueldo. From this point, you can admire the whole city, as well as La Concha Bay and Santa Clara Island. If you have time and want to admire the opposite view, you will find it on the other side of the bay from Mount Urgull.

Another one of the best places to go for a walk is in the old part of the city. The perfect way to do it is by walking along the port and Paseo Nuevo where you will discover the charm on each of its streets. In Plaza de la Constitución, the unique balconies, which have been conserved and were boxes for watching famous bullfights in the past, will catch your eye.

Another option you have to discover the whole city and the old town is taking the tourist train or tourist bus around them. You decide. You should also visit the San Telmo Museum dedicated to Basque society, the Buen Pastor Cathedral, the Kursaal, and the modern convention center, or go all the way to the famous Peine de los Vientos by Chillida.

San Sebastian is also a very interesting city that has something for all tastes. Its most famous events include its spectacular Tamborrada, its Film Festival, its Jazz Festival or “Jazzaldia,” Semana Grande (a week-long celebration of Basque culture and heritage), races at the racetrack, and the various sporting events including the Behobia-San Sebastian race.

If your trip is with your whole family, the San Sebastian Aquarium is the perfect option for having fun with the little ones. This place has been remodeled to become one of the largest aquariums in Europe. It also has a tunnel that crosses under the main pool, which will make your visit a good memory.

We can’t forget about gastronomy, with exquisite dishes that we highly recommend you try. The city has 16 Michelin stars, distributed across 9 restaurants. You must make reservations in advance, especially in summer.

At night, the best option is to visit the old part of the city where you will find the most bars you have ever seen. Many of these places serve their famous pintxos (bite-sized appetizers), and you can’t leave San Sebastian without having tried them because you are going to love them.

Come visit this wonderful Spanish city and stay at the new Catalonia Donosti, a hotel strategically located on San Bartolomé hill in the heart of the city. From business to pleasure, from a family vacation to a couples’ getaway, it is the perfect choice for any type of trip.

Remember that as an Exclusive Traveler Club member, you have a direct and guaranteed room upgrade according to your membership level.

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