This tour is designed to show the sites and places that have made San Sebastian one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It is especially designed for those people who want to get to know the city better and get a better understanding of its culture, history and traditions. There’s a lot to see in San Sebastian, so this tour combines a walking tour of the old city with a drive around to some of the other, most important sites that are not so easy to get to by foot. This is the ideal way to enjoy the city on a half-day private tour.
Some of the highlights of this tour include:
- El Peine del Viento (The Wind Comb). One of the most recognizable and important works of San Sebastian’s most famous 20th century artist, Eduardo Chillida. This wrought-iron sculpture has become as much a part of the landscape of the city as the beach where it is found. It is an essential part of a visit to San Sebastian, not just for the sculpture but for the magic of the place itself. From there you can contemplate the sea in all its splendor, and especially on days where the seas are rough, you can watch as the waves crash against the cliffs and the sculpture.
- The Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square). Right in the heart of the old town, it is the most important square in San Sebastian. At one point it served as the city’s bullring, and it is one of the best places to sit and enjoy a drink or a tapa and savor the atmosphere.
- Santa Maria del Coro church. Also located in the old town, this basilica is one of the most visited sites in San Sebastian. The Barroque-style church was built in 1750 on top of an old Romanesque church, which is why it is considered to be the oldest in the city.
- The port. The port area of San Sebastian, along the western edge of Monte Urgull, is a great place to sit and relax after a morning’s stroll. The afternoon sunsets are magical, especially if there are ships in the bay, as these become silhoutted in the setting sun. From the port you also have some of the best views over the Concha beach and Monte Igueldo. At the far end of the port is the city’s aquarium and the Natural Science Museum, which houses the complete skeleton of a huge whale captured in 1878.
- La Playa de la Concha (La Concha Beach). Of the three beaches in San Sebastian, La Concha is the most beautiful. Famous wolrdwide for it’s almost perfectly shaped bay, la Concha is without doubt one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe.
- Monte Igueldo. On the western edge of San Sebastian we find Monte Igueldo,between the Ondarreta beach and the Piene del Viento. Take the cable car to the top of the mountain to enjoy some of the most spectacular panaromic views of the city.
- San Telmo Museum. The museum, in the heart of San Sebastian, is housed in the remains of a 16th century convent, the oldest in the entire Basque region. It has become the “Museum of Basque Society”, offering visitors a much deeper vision and understanding of the current Basque society.
- Boat ride through the Bay of La Concha.