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San Sebastian Spain, Basque Country

Top reasons to visit:

  • Beach (2150)
  • Food (1464)
  • Tapas (1233)
  • Gourmet Food (1200)
  • Scenery (489)
  • Shopping (475)
  • Surfing (403)
  • Friendly People (305)
  • Culture (305)
  • Beach Walks (302)

San Sebastian was highly rated for beach by 127 guests from the United States!

The beach means different things to different people. What did the beach in San Sebastian mean to you?

Trisha
Trisha, United States of America

20 days ago Report

We went in July, and although there were a lot of people, the beach was pleasant and relaxing. It wasn't at all crowded. The water was cold (we're from Miami) so we just enjoyed walking along La Concha. The other beach was much smaller with a younger, surf crowd. La Concha had several couples an families.

Why do you recommend San Sebastian for food?

Gabriela
Gabriela, United Kingdom

7 days ago Report

Great to see and shop in traditional markets, the tapas (pinxtos) are very nice specially the squid in its ink croquets. Lovely seafood.
  • Culturally Diverse Food 79 endorsements
  • 6 answers

What's the secret to sampling all the diverse food San Sebastian has to offer?

Gary
Gary, United Kingdom

5 days ago Report

Go to bars and try something, if you like it try something else if not go to the next bar. SPEAK TO THE LOCALS.

Is San Sebastian the place to have a meal to remember? Tell us why.

Trisha
Trisha, United States of America

20 days ago Report

There are so many pinxo bars along Fermin Street in Old Town. Be sure to order off the calientes (hot) menus rather than limit yourself to the pinxos on the bar!

What makes fine dining in San Sebastian stand out?

Adam
Adam, United Kingdom

25 days ago Report

Arzak was amazing. Would recommend it to anyone. Although start saving - it's very expensive!

What did you enjoy most about bar hopping in San Sebastian?

Francisco
Francisco, Philippines

15 days ago Report

The unusual variety and tastiness of pintxos, the festive atmosphere, the friendliness of the locals, the good quality of wines and other kinds of alcoholic drinks, great value for money, the sheer number of first-rate bars and restaurants in one place.

What effect did the scenery in San Sebastian have on you?

Mark
Mark, United Kingdom

25 days ago Report

It was simply beautiful and the views from the top of the funicular particularly stunning.

Why do people say San Sebastian can be seen best by foot?

Marianne
Marianne, Australia

23 days ago Report

Being able to walk to sites that give great views over the town and coast

What was it in particular that made sunbathing so nice in San Sebastian?

Patricia
Patricia, United States of America

24 days ago Report

Beautiful area by the beach. Great shopping in the old town area and fabulous food!
  • Sightseeing 155 endorsements

How can you enjoy the sights in San Sebastian while avoiding the crowds?

Andrey
Andrey, Russia

8 days ago Report

The most crowded and noisy part of San Sebastian is The Old Town and especially in the evening. But this is what gives it its charm :-) All other parts of the city are not so crowded in even in peak season.
  • Restaurants 147 endorsements

Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?

Michael
Michael, United Kingdom

12 days ago Report

The old town
  • Relaxation 278 endorsements

Tell us about your most relaxing moments in San Sebastian.

Francisco
Francisco, Philippines

23 days ago Report

Relaxing at the beach and bar-hopping.
  • Friendly People 305 endorsements

What makes the people from San Sebastian so friendly? Tell us your story.

Mark
Mark, United Kingdom

25 days ago Report

Generally everyone made an effort to understand our needs.
  • History 88 endorsements

What is it in San Sebastian that makes history come to life?

John
John, Australia

24 days ago Report

Architecture still in place and use
  • Sand Beaches 177 endorsements

What made the beach in San Sebastian unforgettable?

Beverley
Beverley, United Kingdom

16 days ago Report

Sandy
  • City Trip 184 endorsements

What makes San Sebastian one of those classic city-trip experiences?

Elwin
Elwin, United Kingdom

25 days ago Report

The city is very,very interesting. Particularly the old quarter, adjacent to the sea front and with excellent cuisine.
  • Health Spas 17 endorsements

Which spa or what treatment is worth pampering yourself with in San Sebastian?

Adam
Adam, United Kingdom

25 days ago Report

La Perla on the beach is definitely worth a visit for the thalasso circuit. I'd say 2 hours is enough, although you can do 3. However save yourself some money and don't bother with the massages - they were just ok. Too gentle and soft even when requested harder
  • Atmosphere 112 endorsements

Why is the atmosphere in San Sebastian something people rave about?

Kathleen
Kathleen, United Kingdom

23 days ago Report

Gorgeous unique evenings cruising pintxos bars with no drunkeness observed.
  • Traditional Food 76 endorsements

What did you eat in San Sebastian that made you smile?

Anonymous, Unknown location

13 days ago Report

tapas
  • Sunsets 28 endorsements

What's the best way to watch a sunset in San Sebastian?

Meghan
Meghan, Canada

20 days ago Report

Hike up (5-10 mins) to the Jesus/castle view point just out of old town

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