San Sebastián spreads a visual feast, with its pretty parks, comely seashore and handsomely designed plazas. You'll also find an offshore island and three hills – all ideal vantage points for taking in the sweep of the seaside city.
Parque de Cristina Enea A delightful space for strolling amid greenery, woodlands and strutting peacocks.
Jardines de Miramar A pretty park overlooking the lapping waves from its hilltop perch.
Monte Urgull Be king of the castle at the top of Monte Urgull and enjoy stellar views over San Sebastián.
Isla de Santa Clara Take a boat out to Isla de Santa Clara for an island escape just off San Sebastián.
Monte Igueldo Funfair rides, panoramic views and a funicular railway keeps kids of all ages happy.
Catamarán Ciudad San Sebastián What better way to experience the San Sebastián's coastal charms than on a cruise out into the bay?
Parque de Alderdi Eider One of the best little plazas for people watching, within a short hop of both the old town and the Playa de la Concha.
Monte Ulia Climb to the top of this little-known overlook for a fantastic view over Playa de Zurriola and the city beyond.
If it's pretty shores you seek, San Sebastián has you covered, with both calm beaches and decent waves that are perfect for surfers. Heading further out of town, you'll find idyllic escapes, set against the rugged backdrop of the Basque coastline.
Playa de la Concha An outrageously perfect city beach, complete with calm waves, shimmering sands and a picturesque promenade.
Playa de Zurriola A surfer's favourite, with wave-kissed sands and memorable sunsets.
Playa de Ondarreta This is the discerning beach lover’s beach. Not as showy as its neighbour, Playa de la Concha, but just as lovely.
Lekeitio One of the finest beaches in Basque Country, with an island off-shore that's easy to reach during low tide.
Playa de Hondarribia Calm waters make this family friendly beach a prime swimming spot for young kids.
Hendaye A short ferry ride from Hondarribia, you can enjoy a long sandy beach with a Gallic accent.
Rainy Day Attractions
Those green hills come with a small price tag: namely plenty of rain to keep things nice and lush. Even in the summer, you can count on some rainy days. Luckily, San Sebastián has plenty of indoor attractions – also fine escapes when you've had enough of the beach.
San Telmo Museoa Contains some impressive modern art from Basque painters and guest artists.
Aquarium Go eye-to-eye with marine life great and small in this inviting underwater space.
Tabakalera The city's newest cultural space, with intriguing exhibitions set in a beautifully converted tobacco factory.
Albaola Foundation A charming maritime museum housed in a former Pasaia boatyard.
La Perla Thalasso Sports Centre Treat yourself to a spa treatment and a soak in beautifully sited pools.
Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea A cultural centre with excellent (usually free) exhibitions.
Museo Naval Explore unusual maritime-themed exhibitions at this overlooked gem on the waterfront.
Casa de la Historia Peer back in time at intriguing displays inside the old castle atop Monte Urgull.
Art & Architecture
Beyond the beach and the pintxos bars, you'll find a city of great design and architectural treasures. San Sebastián is also home to some outstanding public art by some of the most famous artists from the Basque Country.
Basílica de Santa María A baroque masterpiece that soars high above the old town of San Sebastián.
Kursaal San Sebastián’s beloved modernist work, the Kursaal cultural centre represents two beached rocks.
San Telmo Museoa Blending a historic convent, a hilly garden and modern architecture into one eye-catching structure.
Puente de Maria Cristina Walk under the watchful eyes of angels on this belle époque beauty.
Ayuntamiento Once a casino, San Sebastián’s town hall is still beautiful.
Peine del Viento Jutting into the coastline at the the far western end of San Sebastián’s Bahía de la Concha, this enigmatic sculpture has become a symbol of the city.
Catedral del Buen Pastor de San Sebastián A photogenic cathedral at the heart of the new town.
Construcción Vacía An invitation to contemplate the mesmerizing coastline by the great Basque sculptor Jorge Oteiza.
Torreón de Monte Igueldo An imposing lighthouse looming high atop San Sebastián.
Castillo de la Mota Striking ruins of an old fortress overlooking the coastline.