San Sebastian is a tourist city located on the coast of the Basque Country. A place that offers us many things if we visit it, from a charming old area to natural spaces. Years ago it was a summer resort for the upper classes and today it still retains a lot of charm on the La Concha promenade. But San Sebastián is much more than that.
Located in the coast of the Bay of Biscay, just twenty kilometers from the border with France, this city is a very touristy place. With its urban beach and its old town, it offers us a place to explore in peace, to discover all its corners. Discover everything you can see in the city of San Sebastián.
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Stroll along La Concha beach
One of the things that is most common for those who visit San Sebastián is to see its great urban beach, La Concha beach, which also has a great promenade. It is in the bay of La Concha and is more than a kilometer long. Obviously, in summer it is full of people who enjoy the good weather, both on the sand and on the walk. It must be remembered that this city became a place where the upper classes and royalty in the XNUMXth century, during the Belle Epoque. That is why we can still see some of this charm on the promenade and in some of the old buildings in the area. Today it is a very touristy place but it has lost strength compared to other summer resorts in Spain that enjoy better weather. However, it is still ideal to enjoy a day at the beach and to see its wonderful promenade with those incredible white street lamps and buildings.
The Miramar Palace
As we said, this place was the summer resort for the people of the upper classes, and from these times some buildings remain, such as the Miramar Palace. East palace served as residence to Queen Maria Cristina and other members of royalty since the XNUMXth century. It is located on a mound between La Conha and Ondarreta. It is inspired by the classic English architecture of typical country cottages. Today it is a place where university courses are held. Next to this palace there are gardens with benches that also offer us wonderful views of the island of Santa Clara and the beach. Ideal for taking beautiful photographs.
Ondarreta and the Peine del Viento
In the Ondarreta area we can see one of the most recognizable sculptures of San Sebastián, which has become a symbol of the city. It is Chillida's Comb of the Wind. They are three large pieces of steel artistically placed on the rocks. It is a place that is reached after doing the entire walk along the beach, so it is a place where there are usually people gathered or passing through. A place to stop to contemplate the force of the sea on the rocks.
Ride the funicular to Monte Igueldo
If you like panoramic views and good photographs, you cannot miss the opportunity to climb Mount Igueldo. His funicular has been in operation since the beginning of the last century and it is inexpensively priced. So there is no excuse not to enjoy incredible views of La Concha Bay. In this area there is also a small park with attractions for children and a peculiar tower.
Good Shepherd Cathedral
This is the most important religious building in the city. Built in the XNUMXth century in the neo-Gothic style, it has a very vertical style, something that can be seen in its high tower. Its needle tower is its most representative part and pretty. Inside it has a simpler style, although it shows us that same vertical feeling.
Tour the old town
Another thing to do in San Sebastián is to get lost in its old area to enjoy the facades and buildings. We will find the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd and also the Basilica of Santa María del Coro with a Rococo style facade that draws attention for its great detail. In this old area we will also find central squares such as the Constitution.
Route of pintxos
Gastronomy is very important in this city. If we are going to get lost in the old part we will know that it is here where we can try the pintxos. For a small price we can try all kinds of pintxos with our drinks. There are those who eat this way, because that way they can try all kinds of delicacies in the different bars, from the most traditional to the most avant-garde. Do not forget to order a txikito, which is a small glass of wine or a zurito, a short of beer.