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How to Spend 1 Day in San Sebastian

How to Spend 1 Day in San Sebastian

Wedged between green hills and a sandy beach, San Sebastian is a hub of Basque culture and cuisine. The historic center’s compact size makes exploring easy, from cruising waterfront bike paths to tasting your way through tapas bars. Here’s how to make the most of a day in San Sebastian.

Morning: Active Exploring

Take advantage of San Sebastian’s many bike paths, pedestrian-only streets, and quiet byways by checking out the city on a walking tour or bike tour. Options range from energetic hikes up nearby hills to trips by electric bike that do the work for you. Along the way, you might see pretty La Concha beach, spot the landmark San Sebastian Cathedral, and get views of Mount Ulia. If you prefer the flexibility of visiting the city on your own, hop-on hop-off tours offer the best of both worlds; onboard narration fills you in about the passing sites, and you can discover the things that interest you most.

Afternoon: Hit the Beach

When the weather is good, San Sebastian locals head to the beach for surfing, sunbathing, and swimming. Running along the historic center, La Concha beach is a popular option, with showering and changing facilities on-site. A little farther east is Zurriola Beach, where you can rent a surfboard or take a lesson. A third option is Ondarreta Beach, just west of La Concha. Smaller than the other two, Ondarreta is a family-friendly spot with gentle waves and a lifeguard on duty.

Night: Discover San Sebastian Tapas

Eating tapas is a San Sebastian essential, a nightly tradition for both visitors and locals—and they’re called pintxos here. Tapas bars are stocked with small plates of food, so you can choose what you want to eat as you go. To join in the fun, check out tours of tapas bars in the historic center; they’re a great way to learn about tapas etiquette and traditions while discovering the very best spots. Many tours offer tapas and drinks, with options that include private experiences, group excursions, and more.

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Small-Group Electric Bike Tour in San Sebastián

Small-Group Electric Bike Tour in San Sebastián

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Experience San Sebastian’s highlights and lesser-known delights on this small-group electric bike tour. Hop on an easy-to-ride bike and see more than you ever could on a walking tour as you travel along the city's large network of bike lanes. Discover La Concha, the Boulevard, and Monte Igueldo for bird’s-eye views, and explore often-overlooked districts such as the university and sports quarter. Ideal for first-time and short-on-time visitors, with a choice of departures.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$58.00
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$58.00
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San Sebastian Walking Tour with Pintxo and a Drink

San Sebastian Walking Tour with Pintxo and a Drink

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Stroll through the historic Old Town of San Sebastian with a guide on this walking tour. Through a guide's commentary, learn about the city's people, culture, architecture, and history. With a small group of just 15 people or fewer, travelers will enjoy personalized attention and the chance to ask questions on the tour, which will stop at a local bar for a round of pintxos (tapas) and a drink.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.29
Price varies by group size
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$42.29
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Farmer's Market Visit and Cooking Class in San Sebastian

Farmer's Market Visit and Cooking Class in San Sebastian

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Learn how to make Basque cuisine during this cooking class in San Sebastian. You'll visit La Bretxa, a market that dates back to 1870, to shop for ingredients for your lesson. Then work with instructors to prepare Basque dishes that are appropriate for the season — the most important feature of Basque cooking — before eating your creations paired with wine.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$229.58
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$229.58
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San Sebastian City Bicycle Tour

San Sebastian City Bicycle Tour

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Visit the highlights of San Sebastian in a short amount of time on this guided bike tour. Cruise around the easy-to-bike city with a guide, stopping at more than 10 hotspots, including three beaches. This tour departs from a centrally located location at two convenient times, making it an easy to incorporate it into your day.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$51.96
Price varies by group size
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Donostia - San Sebastián Hop On - Hop Off Sightseeing Tour

Donostia - San Sebastián Hop On - Hop Off Sightseeing Tour

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Enhance your sightseeing in San Sebastián with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Travel with ease between Playa de la Concha beach, Miramar Palace and other top attractions, and hop on and off at any of the city-wide stops. Alternatively, choose to stay on for the full loop and listen to the audio commentary to find out more about the Basque city.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$14.50
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