San Sebastian

"The best city in the world", say many Donostiarras (people of San Sebastian), 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 live anywhere else".
Some of the images in this section have been provided by San Sebastian Tourism

What is it about San Sebastián?

What is it charm for locals to love it and delight almost every tourist who visit us?
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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 .
beautiful city
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, swiming and walking. You cannot leave San Sebastian 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...
San Sebastian The Blue Classroom
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

Bilbao (BIO)
Distance: 100 km from San Sebastián.
Travel time: 80 min.
Connection: there is a direct bus from the airport to the San Sebastián bus station every hour.
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Hondarribia (EAS) It is the San Sebastián airport.
All flights via Madrid or Barcelona.
Distance: 25 km from San Sebastián.
Duration of the trip: 30 min.
Connection: there is a bus from the airport to San Sebastián every 20 minutes.

Biarritz (BIQ), in France.
Distance: 45 km from San Sebastián.
Duration of the trip: 40 min.
Connection: there is a bus from the airport to the San Sebastián bus station.
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By train

With Renfe to the San Sebastián train station, in the center of the city.
Madrid-San Sebastián: 5.5 hours.
Barcelona-San Sebastián: 6 hours.
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By bus

Madrid-San Sebastián: 6 hours.
Barcelona-San Sebastián: 7 hours.
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More information about San Sebastián

Tourist information of San Sebastián:

San Sebastián City Council page: