San Sebastian Travel Guide
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- 65%Local Culture
- 65%Luxury Travelers
- 65%Nightlife Lovers
- 58%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 58%History Buffs
- 58%Adventure Travelers
Member Reviews (55)
- San SebastianAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Mar 05, 2014
Set along a beach and serving some of the best food in the world, San Sebastián is one of my favorite cities. Eat as many pintxos as you can! If you want to eat at some of the best restaurants in the world, refer to the San Pellegrino Top 50 list, find the handful set in the region, and make reservations in advance. Don't forget the locals speak Euskera here. A couple words and phrases memorized is the respectful thing to do.
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- San SebastianMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersDec 23, 2013
A sophisticated food scene with a side of surf and siesta is the specialty of this Basque town on the Bay of Biscay. Arzak, Spain’s first three-star Michelin restaurant, is just a few streets from the preferred surf beach of La Zurriola. Jump in to a pickup game of beach volleyball or soccer, or paddle out to join dozens of surfers bobbing in the waves. Conditions are perfect for beginners during the summer months and much more adrenaline pumping during winter. Tapas (called pintxos in these parts) are the social glue in San Sebastián, with options including the notable Bar Zeruko.
- San SebastianMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 4Oct 29, 2013
I spent four days in San Sebastian in June of 2005. Known to the Basques as Donostia, San Sebastian is the capital of Basque County and is one of the loveliest cities along the Bay of Biscay. San Seb is most known for its beaches and for its night life, the highlight of which is the tapas bars in the old part of town.
- San SebastianMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersFoodies+ 3Oct 30, 2013
A foodie paradise!! Pinxos which is the same as tapas are what you get when going from bar to bar. The city is on the water, full of historical references and stunning scenery. I would recommend staying in San Sebastian if you are planning on going to the Guggenheim in Bilbao. It is only an hour away, public transportation will get you there and over-all it will be a better experience.
- San SebastianOct 30, 2013
Spain's Basque country is full of surprises and San Sebastian, on the country's dazzling north shore, is one of the most exciting cities in the region. A main highlight for the city's growing number of annual visitors is the pristine stretch of white-sand beach, La Playa Concha, just a stone's throw from the historic downtown. The shoreline is an idyllic and energetic scene, especially along the lovely seaside promenade, popular with photographers and sightseers, local joggers and anyone else looking to walk off some of San Sebastian's famed pinxtos (Basque-style tapas) and al fresco upscale dining options
- San SebastianCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Oct 30, 2013
Donostia/San Sebastian is a beautiful little town in the Basque Country in Northern Spain. Had my friend not mention for me to visit, I would have totally missed it. It is clean with beautiful buildings and streets, an area where there are more bars per square feet than any other city at one point in time, beautiful beaches, and a hip and relaxed vibe. I love that the town isn't that big, very walkable from one end to another. There are plenty of things to do, eat, drink, surf, and many activities for kids and adults. The food is amazing! Plenty of pintxos at every bar and restaurant. Txakoli is something to try as well! It is foodie heaven. The weather wasn't great in July (suppose to be summer), but people are active regardless when there isn't snow or rain. Definitely a place I would love to spend more time again.
- San SebastianApr 26, 2013
This is one of the greatest cities in all of Europe and easily the best in Spain. Having lived there I had the opportunity to see and visit a lot of different parts of this wonderful country, but San Sebastian is by far the greatest! Surrounded by water, full of fabulous restaurants, filled with extremely nice people, and being so close to France San Sebastian makes you feel as if you're in some sort of fairytale city. You have to make sure this becomes a destination to visit, explore, and soak in. I'm thinking about quitting my job and moving here this coming fall. I hope it works out!
- San SebastianJan 22, 2013
One of the most picturesque cities I have ever been to. It has a beautiful old town, surf beach and breathtaking La Concha bay. It is renowned as the gastronomic capital of the world so the famous pintxos are delicious, especially if you can get some tips for the best places and dishes to try. Basque people are wonderful too and the city is full of history and culture! Couldn't recommend it more highly. I was supposed to stay for 2 months and I lived here for 3 years!!
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