Famous for its golden beaches with great surfing possibilites, its picturesque mountain scenery and romantic architecture. We also can’t forget its vibrant dining scene with plenty of pintxo bars and top-notch restaurants. One of Spain’s most beautiful coastal towns is a true must see destination. Here are some of the best things to do in San Sebastián!

What to do in San Sebastián

This cosmopolitan coastal town offers something for every taste. Whether you love surfing, sightseeing, history and culture, shopping or gourmet cuisine. There are a number of great hotels, restaurants, bars and activities to choose from when visiting San Sebastián. We have listed our favourites for you.

Fun Fact

Did you know that San Sebastián is called ‘Donostia’ in the local Basque language?

To Visit

Miramar Palace

The English-style country house invites to a romantic walk through its beautiful parks and gardens. It is also the holiday home of the Spanish royal family.

Miramar Palace

To Eat


One of many high-end, Michelin-starred restaurants in the ‘foodie capital’ is the Restaurant Arzak. Here, its world-famous owner and chef Juan Mari Arzak serves the best Basque cuisine mixed with exquisite modern elements.

Restaurant Arzak

To Drink

La Gintonería Donostiarra

The art of science meets the love for gin. Try a heavenly premium gin tonic carefully prepared with unique infusions and aromatics at this famous bar.

Fun Fact

Did you know that the city hosts various international festivals including the famous San Sebastián International Film Festival?

To Sleep

Hotel Maria Cristina

San Sebastián’s official hotel of the international film festival will make you feel like a real Hollywood star. Marvel at  its belle-époque style, luxurious rooms, marble and chandeliers.

Hotel Maria Cristina



San Sebastián offers great shopping possibilities, just like Madrid, Barcelona and also Palma de Mallorca. Go treasure hunting in the cosmopolitan Gros neigbourhood. There you can choose between local boutiques or designer labels with a personal style, art galleries, antique shops and sports stores.

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