- duration 2 hours
- tour type Group
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Listen to tales about the events that have shaped San Sebastián over the past 200 years, from fortified village to modernday resort town
- Find out why aristocrats used to flock to this corner of Spain, and why surfers today still love it
- See San Sebastián’s most iconic sites, including the stunning Old Town and beautiful La Concha Bay
- Get an overview of the best things to see and do in the city during your stay
For years, San Sebastián was the ultimate place to see and be seen. Aristocrats in search of seaside vacations flocked to this city known for its parties, games, and perfect surf, but things weren’t always easy in San Sebastián, Take a walk and learn about the city’s trials, its Belle Époque, and why it’s still awesome today.
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Get a taste of San Sebastián’s past, present, and future on a walking tour that celebrates the city’s many faces.
Your walking tour will begin at Portaletas, one of the most characteristic (and okay, we’ll admit it, one of our favourite) places in San Sebastián, located at the crossroads of the old town and the fishing district. A visit here is your first lesson in understanding San Sebastián’s past and present and its transformation from fishing port to buzzing summer resort.
We’ll head along the port and below the battlefield of Monte Urgull where we’ll enjoy the most amazing views of La Concha Bay, a favourite spot for the nobility of Europe’s past to visit during their summer vacation, a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation.
After that, we will explore the Old Town, where you’ll feel a connection to the past as well as the future of San Sebastián. You’ll see Constitution Square, where San Sebastián day is celebrated each year; your guide will fill you in on its fascinating history.
We’ll walk down one of the Old Town’s main streets, admiring all the pintxo bars, soaking up the Basque Country atmosphere and scouting potential lunch and dinner spots for the rest of your trip.
We will also visit the Bretxa market, the perfect place to get a flavour for the local produce. There wil be an opportunity to try talos, the local snack that consists of flat bread filled with different toppings (chorizo, cheese, chocolate, the list goes on). Talos are steeped in Basque culture; they are usually only enjoyed during local festivals and holidays, so this is a very special chance to try one, out of season!
Our tour will finish in the modern part of the city, where glamour and new world architecture meet. We’ll stroll along the Urumea River and check out the Gros district, crossing a bridge that’s got some stories to tell, from the European aristocracy who crossed it to visit the casino, to the Hollywood stars that have crossed it on their way to movie festivals, some famous feet have walked this path before you!
We hope you enjoyed your introduction to San Sebastián’s history, culture and culinary secrets. Before you go, don’t forget to ask your guide for more tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay.
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Full payment of 55 USD is required to confirm this tour.Travel Insurance
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Under the arches of the gate near the Kaimingaintxo Plaza at the Marina. The gate is located at the junction of Mollaerdia, Puertu and Mari streets.Meeting end point :
In the Gros neighbourhood, close to Zurriola beachLonely Planet extras
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