San Sebastián


"The best city in the world", say many Donostiarras (people from San Sebastián), who are in love with their city. Some move out for a while but end up coming back because "you don´t get this quality of life anywhere else".
Some of the images in this section have been provided by San Sebastián Turismo

What is it about San Sebastián?


What is its charm for locals to love it and delight almost every tourist who visit us?
It is quiet but rich in cultural life, with great festivals (the International Film Festival, the Jazz Festival...), and a vibrant night-life to have a great time.
It is small, comfortable and accessible whilst having all the necessary services.
It is beautiful, very beautiful. Not only the sunny summer days are nice; the rainy winter days are also charming. There is no bad weather, but unsuitable clothing.
It is a tourist city (its beauty is a great tourist attraction) and increasingly multicultural, but it still keeps its traditions (the Tamborrada, the St. Thomas' day...) and, therefore, its authenticity.
It has beaches for all tastes: a wild one (the Zurriola) for surfing, and two quieter ones (La Concha and Ondarreta) for bathing, swimming, and walking. You cannot leave San Sebastián without taking a stroll in La Concha bay!
It is an ideal city to practice sports and with many possibilities: to run by La Concha beach or by the river, to travel the city by bike, to surf in La Zurriola, to exercise your muscles in some of the sport centres in the city.
It is surrounded by hills and it has plenty of places just minutes away where you can go hiking and enjoy fresh air and nature.
It is one of the ideal places to taste the exquisite Basque gastronomy and the famous pintxos. A traditional city that, without losing its essence, is becoming international.

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How to get there

By plane

By plane

Bilbao (BIO)
Distance: 100km away from San Sebastián
Travel time: 80 min.
Connection: There is a direct bus from the airport to the San Sebastián bus station every hour.
More information: www.pesa.net/pesa/en/horarios
Hondarribia (EAS) is the airport of San Sebastián.
All flights via Madrid or Barcelona.
Distance: 25km away from San Sebastián
Travel time: 30 min.
Connection: There is a bus from the airport to San Sebastián every 20 minutes.
More information: www.aena.es/en/san-sebastian-airport/public-transport.html
Biarritz (BIQ), in France.
Distance: 45km away from San Sebastián
Travel time: 40 min.
Connection: There is a bus from the airport to the San Sebastián bus station.
More information: www.pesa.net/pesa/en/horarios
Airlines
www.easyjet.com/en www.ryanair.com/gb/en/ www.lufthansa.com www.air-berlin.com www.tuifly.com
By train

By train

With Renfe to the San Sebastián train station, in the city centre.
Madrid - San Sebastián, 5.5h
Barcelona - San Sebastián: 6h.
More information:
www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/index.html
By bus

By bus

Madrid-San Sebastián: 6h.
Barcelona-San Sebastián: 7h.
More information:
www.alsa.es/en/home www.monbus.es/en

More information about San Sebastián:

Tourist information about San Sebastián
www.sansebastianturismo.com/en/

Website of the City of San Sebastián
www.donostia.org