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San Sebastián Travel Guide


Want a beach holiday with culture and amazing food? San Sebastian is the perfect place to visit in Spain.
San Sebastián, España.
San Sebastian or also known at Donoastia is a seaside town located on the north coast of Spain. This is one of the top places to visit in Basque Country – and for good reason! With an incredible food scene and ample coastline views every Basque Country itinerary should include a stop in San Sebastian. This town is also a hotspot when they host the San Sebastian International Film Festival also for surfers who enjoy riding awesome waves.

After departing Bilbao (click here) for information, we had a pit stop in San Sebastian for a couple of hours before arriving in Pamplona. We had a short walking tour around the city center before we had free time to do whatever we wanted. Our tour manager suggested to start looking for white outfits to bring to Ibiza, so if you're reading this and planning to do this tour definitely bring white clothes if you don't want to spend extra money on that during your trip. Anyways, while we were in San Sebastian the weather was a bit bipolar in terms of being cloudy yet very humid then it became sunny and back to cloudy. But that didn't stop us from heading to the beach and enjoying our time there. I was blown away by the yummy food, I don't think I ever stuffed myself with as much food in a short amount of time haha. I was with a couple of foodies and we made sure to hit up as many pinxtos bars before we had to leave. Needless to say, I would come back here in a heartbeat. Down below are a few suggestions on what to do during your time in San Sebastian!

Food Hot Spot.
Spain is known for it's tapas but in the basque country it's known for it's pinxtos. This is where you want to indulge in as much food that your stomach will allow. When you walk into to pinxtos bars, it's a whole different dining experience than what you're use to. Let me break it down for you, the pinxtos are laid out on the bar and you just let the people behind the bar know which ones you want. Some require to be heated up which they will do for you, while other pinxtos are ready to eat as is. Majority of the pinxtos bars in San Sebastian are small and you usually are standing up while you're eating.The best part is that they are so affordable usually around 2 euro a piece! Besides pinxtos theres other amazing restaurants in the area that will have your mouth watering especially the amount of Michelin awarded restaurants that are located here. Every foodie out there will love San Sebastian for it's tasty gastronomy it has to offer!








Visit the Beach.
You can't come to San Sebastian and not go to the beach. It's known as popular destination for surfers. La Concha is San Sebastian's most famous beach and one of the best located in Europe. La Concha is one of 3 beaches that San Sebastian possesses. It is clean and easily accessible. The other two beaches worth visiting are the ondarreta beach (la playa de ondarreta) and zurriola beach (la playa de la zurriola). If you are into water sports, la zurriola is the beach you should head to. The waves there are perfect for all types of surfing and in general the beach is more active than La Concha.



Walk Around.
This city is meant to be seen on foot. From the shopping center, to la vieja cuidad (city's old quarter), basilicas, city hall building, parks and beaches; you will be walking a lot since there's a lot of pedestrian only areas. Spend some time strolling the hidden streets, people watch at the busy plazas, pop into the many shops, and enjoy the charming town of San Sebastian.









See the Best Views.
Monte Urgull is home to the statue of Christ and castle walls of Castillo de la Mota, you see it when you're walking around the city up in the distance. To get there, take the path from Plaza de Zuloaga or from behind the aquarium up to the summit for the best views over San Sebastian.





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What place that you visited had the best food ?

44 comments

  1. This place looks stunning. I really need to visit this part of Spain!

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    1. Yes you do! Not many people know about it but it's a gem for sure!

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  2. It all looks amazing, but omg the FOOD looks especially amazing! Yum!

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  3. I am pretty sure you enjoyed your trip so much. The food and the place looks amazing

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  4. SO many beautiful views, and incredible food!! Thanks for sharing this awesome guide!

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  5. I am dying to go here! It's so high on my list! Love your pictures, I can't wait to go!

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    1. Thank you so much, I hope you get to go soon!

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  6. Such beautiful photos! That food and the beach has me totally convinced to go!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you get to experience it yourself one day :)

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  7. I love San Sebastian!! As you say, it's a real foodies dream! I love your photos. It's a year since I was last there - can't wait to go back now!

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    1. Omg yes I think I gained a few pounds while I was there eating all those pinxtos haha!

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  8. Beautiful photos!! Spain is on my travel list for next year. I will have to make sure to include San Sebastian as a must visit location.

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    1. For sure, it's a beautiful town not to be missed!

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  9. Wow!! This post made me really want to visit. Such beautiful photos. Keep up the great work. Spain is definitely on my list of places to visit.

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  10. Beautiful town and pictures are just awesome.

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  11. Gosh all these photos are absolutely AMAZING!!! I would love to visit here someday! :)

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  12. Wow! What lovely photographs! This looks like an absolute foodie's paradise. Love how the ice lollies are stacked so neatly.

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  13. This is the one place in Spain I am still DYING to go to. And...mostly for the food ;)

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  14. San Sebastián, España looks just wow! What amazing food variety and beautiful beaches. The best way to explore any place is to walk around. This seems to have it all! Spain calling.

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    1. Spain is always calling, I already want to be back!

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  15. This isn't the place that gets mentioned most often when people talk about travel in Spain, but it looks amazing! We are big foodie travellers too so it looks perfect for us. The pictures are awesome :)

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    1. I know, I'm happy to share and let people know more about lesser known places :)

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  16. The place and food both looks amazing.Beautifullh captured.Spain is always beautiful ,I would love to Visit someday.It's definitely on my bucket list.

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  17. This is a full package for food lovers and wandering souls. Perfect place to relax and eat around. Quite relaxing it seems.

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  18. I have lived in Spain, traveled many times and yet still have not made it to San Sebastian sadly. I am dying to eat the Pinxtos. Your pictures really make me need to go!

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    1. I want to live in Spain someday, I fell in love with the country and esp it's food haha :)

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  19. Wowzers! The food and scenery look specatacular! Thanks so much for sharing your experience :)

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  20. This is one on the places, that I would travel only for food! I just love how it looks and probably tastes great.

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  21. The pinxtos and the loco polo will be my best friend when I travel to San Sebastian. Then I will play in those beautiful beaches before I go back for another round of pinxtos and loco polo. Haha...

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  22. Food, wine, architecture ... what is not to love. You had me wanting to visit by your third food photo. Yum!!!

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