- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Travel to San Sebastian, Spain
San Sebastián, or Donostia as it is called in Basque, has a circular bay with pristine white sand beaches that have long attracted wealthy beach-goers in search of sun and sophistication. This is what made the city famous during the Belle Époque era and it is also where Queen Maria Cristina established her royal summerhouse. The evidence of San Sebastián’s glamorous past can still be seen throughout the city.
San Sebastian is the perfect city to wander through the streets in the old town, taste the famous “pintxos” and stroll along La Concha bay. There are so many things to see in San Sebastian.
Here are several tourist attractions of the city
El paseo Nuevo
The new ride goes from the harbour to the Kursaal palace along the Monte Urgull and the Old Town. Here you are at the closest point of San Sebastian to the beautiful island of St. Klara. Surely you will notice our hotel on the beach on Concha Bay. If you keep walking you will be in front of an incredible light show: the Kursaal. So, don’t miss this walk but be careful …if the sea is angry you can get wet!
La Catedral del Buen Pastor
Located on the square by that name, it was built in 1897 in the Gothic style. The floor map is rectangular, formed from a symmetrical Latin cross with three naves, a transept and a chancel. It is built with stones from the quarries of Mount Igueldo. The windows of Juan Bautista Lázaro, gargoyles and elaborate pinnacles are very characteristic of this building. Also The cathedral organ deserves a particular mention; it is considered one of the largest in Europe. Since 1953, the monument holds the rank of cathedral.
El Peine del Viento
This famous sculptures by Eduardo Chillida is located at the end of the beach Ondarreta. The sculptures are embedded in the rocks just a few feet left over the sea. When the wind blows hard, the waves are pushed against these sculptures. Here the human art joins an incredible natural spectacle.
El Monte Urgull
The mountain standing just across the gulf is the Urgull. From this mountain you will have another perspective on the city. The walk up from the old part of San Sebastian to the top takes about 20 minutes. The mountain offers many trails and roads to get lost and enjoy nature.
It is the oldest in the country. Its recent renovations have made it a highly ecological building. It is probably the most visited attraction in the city. Thanks to the fantastic glass tunnel the children will have a blast.
Former summer residence of the Spanish monarchy, the Palacio Miramar houses today the College of Music in San Sebastian and is used for large events. Its gardens are well worth a visit.
Ayuntamiento de San Sebastián
The city hall building is one of the most beautiful of the city. It is located next to La Concha Bay, surrounded by gardens Alderdi Eder.Spring is the best time to visit this area, you can enjoy a relaxing walk immersed in art and nature.