If you’re looking for what to do in San Sebastian, I recommend walking everywhere with an appetite for everything! Between the beaches and the sights, you’ll find plenty to eat and drink. It may be a small city, but there is so much packed into those 25 square miles. Just start walking!
What to Do in San Sebastian: Sightseeing
San Sebastian (also known as Donostia and spelled as San Sebastián) is a city in the Basque Autonomous Community. Just 12 miles from the French border, the city has transformed from a strategic location to a tourist destination over the past few centuries.
Cathedral of the Good Shepherd (San Sebastian Cathedral)
The San Sebastian Cathedral was completed in 1897, and is the largest in Gipuzkoa province. It was built in the neo-Gothic style and designed by architect Manuel Echave. You can visit from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. Be sure to check out the organ when you visit – it’s the largest in Spain!
Alderdi Eder Park
Just down the street from the San Sebastian Cathedral is Alderdi Eder Park. You can enjoy some of the most Instagram-worthy views from anywhere in this park! And in addition to the gardens and San Sebastian City Hall, there’s a carousel for all ages.
Parte Vieja (the Old Town) is full of life that you just can’t miss! As you navigate the streets, you’ll find a cacophony of food, music, shops, dancing, and drinks. You can easily spend the entire day walking around Parte Vieja and never get bored.
Looking for what to eat in San Sebastian? Check out my previous post about bar hopping!
Basilica of Santa Maria del Coro
As you wander through Parte Vieja, you may stumble upon the Basilica of Santa Maria del Coro. In fact, you can walk straight down the road from the San Sebastian Cathedral to the Basilica! Its impressive, Baroque style portal faces the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.
Mota Castle on Monte Urgull
From Mota Castle at the top of Monte Urgull, you can see the entire city. But this fortification wasn’t always just for beautiful views – it was a strategic outpost for the military. Not only did it have an all-encompassing view of the area, but it’s quite a hike to reach! Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes when you visit Mota Castle.
What to Do in San Sebastian: Beaches
Playa de la Concha
You can easily find a spot to lay out on the longest of the three beaches. And for additional beach activities, Playa de la Concha also has water slides and diving boards set up in the water!
Playa de Ondarreta
Playa de Ondarreta shares La Concha Bay with Playa de la Concha, but offers a slightly different experience. It’s a bit smaller and has more activities on the beach, such as volleyball and beach tennis.
Playa de la Zurriola
If you enjoy surfing, this is your destination! Just across the Urumea Itsasadarra, this beach is not as recommended for swimming, but great for just relaxing on the sand.
Before you finish planning what to do in San Sebastian, be sure to watch my video about what to eat!