September – November
LCY → EAS
Freedom of movement
Taxi: 17 £GBP (10 min)
Bus: 2 £GBP (10 min)
Lunch ≈ 10 £GBP
Dinner (for two) ≈ 24 £GBP
Espresso ≈ 2.15 £GBP
Bottled water ≈ 0.40 £GBP
San Sebastian is a gorgeous seaside city located on the glittering Basque coast of Spain, a chic yet relaxing destination is perfectly situated on the Bay of Biscay, this city is surrounded by green mountains and golden beaches. It is known as the country’s summer capital and is also renowned for its fashionable and luxury lifestyle.
The vast majority of those who choose San Sebastian holidays come in pursuit of the food; the city’s culinary culture is a wonder to behold. Many of its finest eateries offer Michelin-starred cuisine, which is a mark of San Sebastian itself.
Temperature: July is San Sebastian’s hottest month with average temperatures of 21 degrees.
Best time for holidays to San Sebastian: May to November.
August is the best month for swimming in the sea when the average water temperature is 21 degrees Celsius.
San Sebastian is a busy university city and is rapidly transforming into the cultural hub of Basque. The famous La Concha beach is at the centre of the city, and is usually packed with visitors in July and August. The other beaches on offer for holidays in San Sebastian in the city include the Playa de la Zurriola and Playa de Ondarreta, both are extremely popular with holidaymakers and also attract the surfing set.
Further inland is Guipuzcoa stunning green mountain landscape. In the city itself, the primary sights are the 16th century Gothic-style Iglesia de San Vicente and the stunning 18th century Basilica de Santa Maria. Plaza de la Constitucion is at the centre of the old town and is thronging with visitors year-round.
San Sebastian holidays are the perfect base for day trips to the picturesque towns and villages surrounding it. A San Sebastian holiday places you in easy reach of nearby cities such as Bayonne, Santander and Bilbao. All three are only an hour drive from the city, and offer a wide and exciting range of attractions.
Famed for its beaches and cuisine, holidaymakers can expect to find more Michelin-starred restaurants in San Sebastian than any other city on the Iberian Peninsula. Sample some of the lavish tapas in the La Parte Vjela bars in the old quarter of the city. The atmosphere of the old quarter is electric, and it represents the social whirl of the city. La Parte Vjela is home to the highest concentration of bars, cafes and restaurants in the city, and is a great place to mix and mingle with locals, students and visitors alike on holidays in San Sebastian.
San Sebastian’s famous cider houses are fun places to visit. Serving delicious apple cider, straight from the barrel, this is a truly authentic experience that simply cannot be missed. Head out into the countryside on a day trip during cider season, which is from January to April.
Explore the city’s stunning architecture by visiting the Royal summer home, Miramar Palace on your holidays to San Sebastian. This elegant home makes for a great day out for the whole family.
Climb Mount Urgull for stunning views of the Playa de la Concha beach. Also at the summit you will be rewarded with views of the city’s port and fortress.