Things to do in San Sebastián

This Spanish coastal town offers sunny beaches, a charming old town, and scores of Michelin-starred food.

Our most recommended things to do in San Sebastián

Bilbao: San Sebastián & S. Juan de Gaztelugatxe Guided Tour

1. Bilbao: San Sebastián & S. Juan de Gaztelugatxe Guided Tour

Explore the Basque Country with a guided tour starting in San Sebastian around the old town to see San Vicente's Church and the Basilica of Santa María del Coro. Step back in time as you learn about the local history and visit important sites such as the Plaza Mayor, Plaza Gipuzkoa, and Town Hall.  Enjoy the atmosphere of San Sebastián as you stroll around Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Constitución. Arrive at the port, one of the most important places in the area. Learn about the fires that devastated a large part of the town. Get your camera ready for photos of La Concha Bay.  Walk around the Town Hall, one of the finest buildings in the city, until arriving in the Ensanche de San Sebastián. Visit the city's lungs, Plaza Gipuzkoa and Plaza Okendo, greenspaces that are surrounded by the Urumea River. After the guided tour is finished, you will have some free time to explore or purchase some of the typical pintxos, or small plates. The tour will end in San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, an islet that can only be accessed by a pedestrian path. Go on a panoramic tour of the area and discover the area’s dreamlike cliffs which were featured in the HBO series, Game of Thrones.

San Sebastian: Ultimate Pintxos & Wine Evening Tour

2. San Sebastian: Ultimate Pintxos & Wine Evening Tour

Join a curated San Sebastian pintxos tour to discover the city’s best pintxos bars in the old town while you learn the local ways of dining out and how to enjoy the Basque way of eating (and drinking).  Along the way, learn the fascinating history of the region’s complex and unique cuisine and culture, as you weave in and out of its mystery-filled streets. Begin the evening in true local style with some crisp local cider and delicious seafood pintxos. Move on to acorn-fed Iberian ham, as well as the local variety. Taste the best anchovies in the country, the most delicious local beef, seared local cod, suckling pig, and more.  Dive into hand-picked hidden taverns serving delicious and unique house specialties– from traditional local favorites to gourmet modern creations - you’ll try them all. Wash the pintxos down with excellent local wines, ciders, and more. Gain an understanding of the local culture and history – which is plentiful in the Basque Country and San Sebastian as you fill your mind as well as your belly.  Receive a free mini-guide, which is packed with all of the guide's favorite places to eat and drink in the city, so you’ll be eating well for the rest of your stay.

San Sebastian: Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Bus

3. San Sebastian: Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Bus

Explore the Belle Epoque resort town of San Sebastian at leisure with a 1-day ticket to the open-top double-decker sightseeing bus. Learn the history of the Basque city with the complimentary audio guide, available in 8 different languages. You are free to get on and off all day long with the same ticket, while a complimentary guide and map contains all stops on the route to plan your visit. The buses are adapted for people with reduced mobility and have a sliding roof in case of rain. See the sites of the Parte Vieja (Old Town) and the ancient area beyond the Miramar Palace. Admire the grandiose buildings of Constitution Square and marvel at the 19th-century San Sebastián Cathedral and the historic bridges across the Urumea River.  • Aquarium/Paseo Nuevo • San Telmo/Parte Vieja • Plaza Guipúzcoa • Estación de tren-bus/Tabakalera • Gros • Playa Zurriola/Kursal • La Concha • La Perla • Playa Ondarreta • Peine del Viento • Funicular Igueldo • Barrio del Antiguo • Palacio Miramar • Catedral Buen Pastor

San Sebastian: Hondarribia, San Pedro, and San Juan Tour

4. San Sebastian: Hondarribia, San Pedro, and San Juan Tour

After being picked up from your hotel, make a first stop is Hondarribia. On the border with France, Hondarribia is one of the most beautiful coastline villages in Gipuzkoa. Take a stroll around the port and famous Marina neighborhood which are well worth visiting. Later head to the old fishing village of San Juan (Pasaia), before you hop on the boat and cross the bay to San Pedro, the last stop. These 2 villages are part of Pasajes, which takes the name from the bay that separates them. After the tour ends, your guide will drop you off at your hotel or any other place of your convenience in San Sebastian. The short distance from the city makes this the perfect half day tour; escape from the hustle of Donostia in the morning and still have time to enjoy it in the afternoon.

San Sebastian: Guided E-Bike Tour

5. San Sebastian: Guided E-Bike Tour

Feel like a local as you pedal through San Sebastian on a guided e-bike tour. Traverse the city's extensive network of bidegorris (bicycle lanes) and see all the highlights before heading to the south of San Sebastian, a less touristy but equally interesting area. Meet your guide in town and get ready to explore Donostia in a sustainable and safe way thanks to the city's network of bicycle lanes, which spans over 30 kilometers. Learn about the local culture from your guide as you make your way around the picturesque resort town. Pedal through the vibrant Gros neighborhood and pass by La Concha Bay. Visit the city's oldest neighborhood, Antiguo, see Mount Igeldo, and more. The carefully planned route ends back where your cycling tour started, at the activity provider's office in heart of San Sebastian. 

San Sebastian: Gourmet Pintxo Tour

6. San Sebastian: Gourmet Pintxo Tour

The activity starts at the Alameda del Boulevard and takes place in San Sebastián's Old Town. You can choose to take part at around lunchtime (12:00 PM) or dinner time 7:00 PM). Enjoy a flexible 2-hour tour (or however long you prefer) and visit traditional places to try delicious pintxos. You will get to try around 4 different kinds, carefully selected by culinary experts and will also get 4 drinks to accompany each one. In between you will have the chance to discover the whereabouts of this amazing area full of history, getting mixed with the local people through the route that our guides will take you.

San Sebastian: Boat Tour with Stop at Santa Clara

7. San Sebastian: Boat Tour with Stop at Santa Clara

See amazing sights at La Concha Bay as you head to Santa Clara Island. Along the way, you'll be able to see beautiful views of the Town Hall, the famous La Perla Spa, Mount Urgull, the Miramar Palace, and the Peine del Viento. The 30-minute journey will take you to Santa Clara Island. There, you'll be able can sunbathe, take a bath, enjoy the beach at low tide, visit the cliffs, and have a drink at the bar. Return boats to San Sebastian from Santa Clara depart every 30 minutes or every hour depending on the weather. If you do not wish to stop on the island for some free time the whole trip will take about 40 minutes in total.

From San Sebastian: Lourdes Private Full-Day Tour

8. From San Sebastian: Lourdes Private Full-Day Tour

Departing from Donostia-San Sebastian, you'll visit the Sanctuary of Lourdes in France. You'll have time for the principal mass in the basilica, time to pray, go to see the cave, get some water, walk around the sanctuary and visit Bernadette's house. It will be an exclusive and complete private guided tour and you will be the only people on the tour. Thr driving time is roughly 2 hours in each drection and you'll have around 4.5 hours to spend exploring Lourdes. Departure times can be arranged and adjusted as you wish due to this being a private tour.

San Sebastián: 2-Hour Walking Tour with Pintxo and Drink

9. San Sebastián: 2-Hour Walking Tour with Pintxo and Drink

Explore San Sebastián like a local on a 2-hour walking tour with a local guide. Meet at the kiosk on Alameda del Boulevard in the morning or late afternoon, depending on your preferred departure time. See 15 of the most significant sites in the romantic Old Town area, and learn more about the people and culture of the Basque Country and the beautiful city along the way. End with a tasting of a typical snack from the Basque Country and experience the pintxo tradition of eating small dishes with a drink.

San Sebastian: Amazing Guided Market & Food Pintxo Tour

10. San Sebastian: Amazing Guided Market & Food Pintxo Tour

Take a guided tour through the old town of San Sebastián and see why it’s known for having some of the world’s best pintxos, the local word for small snacks. Witness the spectacle of pintxos being served in a selection of bars, each in their own special way alongside Local cider and wine.Begin with a stroll through the market full of delectable local produce and stop for a ham tasting. Visit an olive shop to taste the best olives, gilda and oil while you hear the history behind La Gilda, one of the oldest known pintxos, and meet a local vendor who is in the world’s top 4 olive oil shops.Next, head to the old quarter and go bar-hopping like a Basque native. See some landmark buildings and learn about private cooking clubs as you make more stops to taste the most avant-garde pintxos, Rioja Wine, and natural apple cider.Enjoy stories about Basque’s fascinating dishes, language, and heritage as you meet locals in the market and bars.

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What people are saying about San Sebastián

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 849 reviews

A fantastic tour of San Sebastián old town with traditional drinks and Pintxos. Jon was full of historical and interesting facts about the area and chose some fantastic Pintxos and drinks to share with us. The cheesecake and raisin liquor was my absolute favourite! Delicious!! We did this on our final evening and we thought it would actually be more useful to do it at the beginning so you can revisit some of the restaurants to sample the amazing food again!

This was GREAT! You’ll get a good feel for the city while seeing a few things only locals would know about. Our guide was Alba who explained many of the areas and history of each point of interest. The ride is relatively easy on the E bikes and San Sebastián is very bike friendly.

We were so lucky to have Alex as a guide. Very knowledgeable, punctual and friendly!

Best trip in Bilbao October 2022 before cruise Imanol was the tour guide ⭐️

Great Experience, excellent service and attention received.