San Sebastian Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing

(Donostia - San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain)

Image of San Sebastian's Palacio del Mar Aquarium complexTourist attractions in and around San Sebastian are superb, with something for all the family. Children visiting San Sebastian always enjoy the attractions at the Palacio del Mar Aquarium complex, a trip to the Monte Igeldo Amusement Park, and a ride on San Sebastian's Funicular Railway (Funicular de Igeldo).

Further top tourist attractions in the San Sebastian area include the striking Kursaal Conference Centre (Palacio de Congresos del Kursaal), where many of San Sebastian's festivals and concerts are held.

The San Sebastian Port (El Puerto) is also popular, with attractions here including an array of shops, restaurants and harbour cruises.

Further view of San Sebastian's Aquarium

Palacio del Mar - Aquarium

Address: Paseo del Muelle, 34, San Sebastian (Donostia), Guipuzcoa, 20003, Spain
Tel: +34 943 44 0099
San Sebastian's Aquarium complex is one of the city's most popular tourist attractions and is popular with all ages. With an enormous whale skeleton, an underwater tunnel, large and colourful marine fish, educational information and a café, the Palacio del Mar dates back to the 1920s and was recently modernised.
Open hours: daily, September to June - 10:00 to 20:00; July and August - 10:00 to 22:00
Admission: charge

Photo from the Funicular de Igeldo in San Sebastian

Funicular Railway (Funicular de Igeldo)

Address: Plaza del Funicular de Igeldo, 4, San Sebastian (Donostia), 20008, Spain
Tel: +34 943 21 0564
Located on the side of a steep cliff face, San Sebastian's Funicular Railway consists of two carriages which transport passenger both up and down at the same time. Travelling the short distance of around 300 metres / 985 feet, the Funicular de Igeldo connects Ondarreta Beach at the bottom, with the popular Monte Igeldo Amusement Park at the top, offering spectacular coastal views of La Concha Bay along the way.
Open hours: October to March, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - 11:00 to 18:00, Saturday and Sunday - 11:00 to 20:00; April to September, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday to Sunday - 10:00 to 22:00
Admission: minimal charge

Aerial view across San Sebastian's Monte Igeldo Amusement Park

Monte Igeldo Amusement Park (Parque de Atracciones del Monte Igeldo)

Address: Monte Igeldo, San Sebastian (Donostia), Guipuzcoa, 20008, Spain
Dating back to the early 20th century, Monte Igeldo Amusement Park, known locally as the Parque de Atracciones del Monte Igeldo, has long been a major attraction in this part of San Sebastian. With fast rides, exciting roller coasters and plenty of family fun, the Monte Igeldo Amusement Park also features refreshments, restaurants, cafés, gift shops and many traditional fairground attractions.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 11:00 to 18:00, Sunday - 11:00 to 20:00
Admission: charge

Image of the Kursaal Conference Centre, San Sebastian

Kursaal Conference Centre (Palacio de Congresos del Kursaal)

Address: Avenida de la Zurriola, San Sebastian (Donostia), 20003, Spain
Tel: +34 943 00 3000
With contemporary, angular architecture, two large concert halls and plenty of exhibition space, the Kursaal Conference Centre was built at the end of the 20th century. Other attractions include a number of shops, a coffee shop, a restaurant, meeting rooms, beach views and many seasonal festivals, concerts, operas, theatrical performances, comedy events and themed exhibitions.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free, charge for events

Photo of the Plaza de la Constitucion in San Sebastian

Constitución Square (Plaza de la Constitución)

Address: Al Lado de Parte Vieja, San Sebastian (Donostia), Guipuzcoa, 20003, Spain
One of the most important and impressive squares in the whole of San Sebastian, the Plaza de la Constitución is almost 200 years old and features much of its original Neo-classical architecture. Home to the old town hall (Ayuntamiento) - which is now the Municipal Library, the plaza has been used for many popular events over the years and is full of balconies, offering excellent views of the action.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

San Sebastian's Parte Vieja photograph

Parte Vieja

Address: San Sebastian (Donostia), Guipuzcoa, 20003, Spain
Tel: +34 943 48 1166
The heart of San Sebastian's Historic Quarter, the Parte Vieja is lined with shops, bars, restaurants and coffee shops. Full of character and atmosphere, each year many notable celebrations take place in and around Parte Vieja, while further local attractions and speciality shops are located nearby, along the numerous cobbled streets.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

San Sebastian Port (El Puerto)

Address: Paseo del Muelle, San Sebastian (Donostia), Guipuzcoa, 20003, Spain
San Sebastian Port is a particularly scenic part of the city and has been directly responsible for much of the area's wealth over the years. Still heavily used today for fishing, cargo and pleasure boats, this waterfront has become a tourist hotspot, offering a range of recreational activities, restaurants, nearby shops, attractions and museums.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

Photo of the Cathedral on San Sebastian's Plaza del Buen Pastor

Buen Pastor Square (Plaza del Buen Pastor)

Address: Alrededor Buen Pastor Cathedral, San Sebastian (Donostia), 20005, Spain
An important public space in the centre of the city, the Plaza del Buen Pastor was created at the end of the 19th century. The square is built around the magnificent Buen Pator Cathedral and features a number of imposing, historical buildings.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

San Sebastian Theatre (Teatro Principal)

Address: Mayor, 1, San Sebastian (Donostia), Guipuzcoa, 20003, Spain
Hosting many shows, events, films and concerts year round, San Sebastian's Teatro Principal dates back to the 1930s and seats around 500 people. Based in the Historic Quarter, the theatre is close to a number of shops, bars and restaurants, and hosts several popular festivals, including the annual San Sebastian Film Festival each October.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 11:30 to 13:30, 19:00 to 20:00
Admission: charge