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Top Things to do in San Sebastián

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by Peter Lynch (subscribe)
Freelance journalist from Derry, Northern Ireland.
Published March 30th 2017
This remarkable resort town in the north of Spain boasts both an illustrious history and an array of incredible views, along with many other unique features.

The famous bay front promenade links the bustling yet relaxed city to the golden beaches, fusing the old with the new and offering varying sights, smells and tastes along the way.

The cobblestoned old town, Parte Vieja, houses upmarket shops and lively pintxo bars, offering fortunate visitors the chance to devour the region's renowned specialties.

A journey through the Parte Vieja provides an incomparable tour involving historical landmarks and traditional Basque Country food, where world-famous chefs are constantly attempting to surprise and delight awaiting customers with their unique culinary skills.

Climbing Mount Urgull in the searing sun may seem foolish, but this mountain in the heart of the city allows for spectacular viewing, presenting a panoramic view of San Sebastián that incorporates all three beaches and city walls evident of the area's military past.

The old town and the centre of the region boast traditional shops and designer brands for those with the desire of conquering that aspect, while countless museums and other essentials are readily available.

Must-see sights include the Iglesia de San Vicente, the Parque de Cristina Enea and the San Telmo Museoa, while various other stunning features are hidden in this mountainous region on the Bay of Biscay.

Other attractions include the Anoeta Stadium, home of Real Sociedad Football Club, along with the Kursaal Congress Centre, which hosts the annual FIAPF A category film festival. This globally famous event represents the importance and cultural beauty of the region, where famous faces including Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep and Brad Pitt have attended in previous years.

Once the shops, museums and restaurants have been truly conquered, the choice of three equally astonishing beaches awaits. An enormous 6km of coastline provides the setting for these sandy spots of paradise, where the Playa de la Concha and Playa de Ondarreta take centre-stage.

The former is of particular interest to those waiting to soak up the sun in an action-packed area, offering relaxing spots, together with a clear-blue ocean awaiting the more daring of travellers.

Paddle boarding is a popular past-time in the region, and the choppy sea provides an excellent surface for riding the waves, while a floating base lies dormant just out from shore for those requiring a truly unique break from swimming in the gorgeous waters.

As the evening sets in, and the sun begins to set, the Bataplan nightclub awaits those fresh from a day on the beach, situated just a stone throw away from the calming waters. Towards the centre lies countless pubs and bars, each with contrasting vibes and with their own, individual ambience.

San Sebastián is unquestionably one of the most beautiful regions that certainly Europe, and possibly further afield, has to offer. Combining history with contemporary affairs, the picturesque beaches project themselves among various other striking sights and landmarks.

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