Centre & Romantic Area

View of San Sebastian city hall from theAlderdi Eder gardens

The main centre of San Sebastian and Área Romántica (Romantic area) emerged from the mid 19th century.  As San Sebastian started to gain fame after Queen Isabel II decided to spend her summers in Donostia, there was a need to expand to accommodate the new influx of tourists and aristocrats.   In 1863, it was therefore … Read more

Miramar Palace

Palacio Miramar San Sebastian

The Miramar Palace stands prominently on the San Sebastian coastline between Ondarreta Beach and La Concha Beach. It’s the first thing your eyes are drawn to as you look towards the city from the La Concha Bay.  Whilst it has a prominent location, it’s actually one of the best spots in the city to get … Read more

Paseo Nuevo (The New Promenade)

sunset at paseo nuevo in san sebastian

Circulating Monte Urgull, Paseo Nuevo (The New Promenade) is one of San Sebastian’s finest walkways.  Starting at the San Sebastian Aquarium, it’ll take you around 40 minutes to work all the way around the promenade to the Zurriola Bridge and Kursaal.  The whole time you have views of the horizon over the Cantabrian Sea. It’s … Read more

San Telmo Museum

Outside the San Telmo museum in San Sebastian

Hidden in the corner of Zuloaga Square in the Old Town of San Sebastian, you’ll find the San Telmo Museum.  A harmony of architecture and artistry, the aluminium facade blends in beautifully with Monte Urgull almost appearing as though the building is carved out of the mountain itself.  The perforated holes in the facade even … Read more

Basílica de Santa María

The Basílica de Santa María is one of the top things to see on a visit to the Parte Vieja (Old Town) of San Sebastian. And a trip to the Old Town is a must when visiting Donostia! It’s one of the most prominent buildings. Mainly hidden as you lose yourself in the narrow streets … Read more

San Sebastian Nightlife

It’s fair to say that a good night out isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of San Sebastian. The city is more famous for other things like the beaches, the food and strong Basque traditions.  However, after indulging in some pintxos, there’s a good night out to be had in … Read more

Chistorra (Txistorra) Basque Style Sausage

Txistorra Chistorra Sausage at a basque market in San Sebastian

Chistorra or Txistorra in Basque (pronounced chees-toh-rrah in both cases), is a cured sausage originating from Aragon, Navara and the Basque Country.  The minced pork meat is seasoned with salt, garlic and paprika which gives it a recognisable dark red colour before and after cooking.  It’s a popular snack in the North of Spain, usually … Read more

Behobia-San Sebastian

finish line of behobia san sebastian

San Sebastian is an ideal city for running. It’s one of the favourite pastimes for thousands of locals, and many tourists who come to the city catch the bug and end up putting their running trainers on at some point. Whilst the city isn’t exactly flat, there are flat spots and many of them are … Read more

Semana Grande (Great Week) San Sebastian

The fair on Paseo Nuevo during Semana grande in San Sebastian

Semana Grande, or Great Week in English, is a week-long festival that is celebrated in San Sebastian each year in August.  It takes place each year on the week that marks the Virgin’s Day (15th August). The festival initially started in the days when Queen Isabella II used to pass her summers in Donostia. The … Read more