Location: City of San Sebastian

Bathed by the Cantabrian Sea and surrounded by green mountains, Donostia-San Sebastián presents a fascinating landscape that captivates every person who visits the city. Capital of the historical territory of Gipuzkoa, the city is one of the most important cultural and tourist centres in the Basque Country.


The most famous image of the city is that of the beautiful shell-shaped bay that shelters it from the sea. From there, it is a pleasant walk to the end of Ondarreta beach, home of the Peine del Viento (Wind Comb), a magnificent sculpture by Eduardo Chillida. Likewise the Kursaal, Miramar palace and the Boulevard are some of the identifying features which give the city its distinguished appearance. Walking through the city centre you come upon the Buen Pastor cathedral, a Neo-gothic style building. The cathedral is 75 metres high and can be seen from most of the city.

The old part, the city’s heart

The old part, situated at the foot of Mount Urgull, is a charming place with a warren of narrow streets. In its centre stands Plaza de la Constitución, a square with numbered balconies that denote its past use as a bullring. In the evenings and at weekends the streets are packed with people enjoying the fine cuisine on offer in the bars and restaurants. After sampling these delights, why not go for a walk to the Alderdi Eder Gardens and to the Plaza Gipuzkoa square.

Donostia-San Sebastián has a full programme of activities all through the year. One of the most representative is its International Film Festival, which draws actors and directors from all over the world to enjoy the best in cinema. The city also offers an International Jazz Festival which is a must for jazz lovers.

How to get to San Sebastian

  • By road
    From Bilbao, follow the A-8 motorway, and from Vitoria-Gasteiz, take the N-1 highway.
  • By bus
    Pesa, Alsa, La Burundesa, Continental Auto and Compañia del Tranvia de San Sebastian offer bus services to/from and within the city.
  • By train
    • Long-distance services by Renfe, from Norte Station. Suburban services by Renfe: Irún-Brinkola line.
      Paseo de Francia
      Phone: 902 240 202
    • EuskoTren, from Amara Station, Hendaia (Hendaye)-Donostia-San Sebastian-Lasarte line (known as “Topo”) and Donostia-San Sebastian-Bilbao line.
      Plaza Easo, s/n
      Phone: 902 543 210.
  • By Plane
    The Airport of Donostia-San Sebastián (EAS) is located in Hondarribia, 20 km away from the city and 5 km from Irún. There are two flights a day from Madrid and one from Barcelona. There is a regular bus line connecting with the city centre.Some travellers might prefer to reach San Sebastián from The International Airport of Bilbao. This airport is located just 12 km from Bilbao and 100km from San Sebastián, and has regular flight connections with many domestic and foreign cities. There is a regular bus connection between Bilbao airport and the city of San Sebastián. It takes around one hour to reach the city center and costs 15 euros. Buses depart from Bilbao airport to San Sebastián every hour. The bus company is PESA [line Aeropuerto Loiu – Donostia – San Sebastián ] and their website is: www.pesa.es.

The Airport of Biarritz (Bayona-Anglet-Biarritz) is located 48Km from San Sebastián and offers international flights to and from Birmingham, Bristol, Clermont- Ferrand, Dublin, Marseilles, Geneva, London, Lyon, Niza, Paris y Helsinki. There are regular train and coach connections between San Sebastián and Biarritz airport.

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