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San Sebastian Architecture Guide

San Sebastian Architecture Guide

San Sebastian is home to a delightful clash of architectural styles, with medieval townhouses coexisting beside Renaissance monasteries, neo-Gothic churches, Belle Epoque spas, and cutting-edge, contemporary museums. Here are a few notable buildings you shouldn’t miss in this Basque Country city.

Castillo de la Mota

Perched atop Monte Urgull, this medieval stone fortress has existed in some form since the 12th century. The castle now houses the Casa de la Historia museum, and is well worth the climb for its panoramic views of the city.

Plaza de la Constitucion

Life in San Sebastian revolves around the Plaza de la Constitucion in the heart of the Old Town (Parte Vieja). Most of the buildings in this photogenic neighborhood date back to the 19th century, after the city was destroyed in 1813 by English, French, and Portuguese troops. Today the dynamic area teems with cafés and bars serving pintxos (small bar snacks) and txakoli wine, both Basque specialties.

Cathedral Buen Pastor

In the late 19th century, San Sebastian, then a a favored seaside resort of the wealthy, underwent rapid development. Part of this expansion was Buen Pastor, a neo-Gothic cathedral. Opened in 1897, the church was inspired by medieval religious structures in Germany and France.

City Hall (Ayuntamiento)

Admire the delicate Belle Epoque lines at the twin-towered Ayuntamiento (City Hall), which is housed in the former Gran Casino. The building dates back to 1897 and stands on La Concha Bay with Old Town to one side and the quiet Alderi Eder gardens to the other.

Real Club Náutio de San Sebastian

Built in 1928, the Real Club Náutico de San Sebastian was designed in the rationalist architectural style to resemble a moored ship. The unusual building, which houses a yacht club on La Concha Beach, ranks among the benchmark examples of modern architecture in Spain.

Kursaal

The two translucent cubes of the Kursaal were designed by architect Rafael Moneo to look like a pair of beached rocks. The award-winning contemporary building is particularly striking at night, when it’s illuminated and shimmers over La Concha.

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La Rioja Wine Tour with Two Winery Visits and Tastings from San Sebastian

La Rioja Wine Tour with Two Winery Visits and Tastings from San Sebastian

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San Sebastian is a great springboard for visiting Spain’s La Rioja, a wine-growing region beneath the Cantabrian Mountains known for its high quality, and mostly, red wines. Explore the vine-covered hills on this small-group tour, and visit two bodegas (wineries) to see their vineyards and production facilities. At each estate, finish with a wine tasting to sample different varieties alongside local snacks. If you wish, upgrade to a private tour.
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  • 8 hours
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$209.62
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Bilbao, Guggenheim and Gaztelugatxe Small Group Tour with lunch

Bilbao, Guggenheim and Gaztelugatxe Small Group Tour with lunch

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Explore the Basque Country beyond San Sebastian on this full-day private tour. Get picked up at your hotel and set out to see the 10th-century hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. Stroll through the old town of Bilbao and along the riverbank to see the striking Guggenheim Museum. Lunch in a traditional restaurant is included.
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  • 9 hours
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$263.52
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Rioja Full Experience Tour from San Sebastian with Lunch

Rioja Full Experience Tour from San Sebastian with Lunch

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This is the ideal tour for wine lovers. Take the hassle out of planning transport, as you’ll be picked up from your hotel and transferred between the two wineries you visit in La Rioja. You’ll be in a small-group, so you can customize your itinerary to suit your needs. Have the ultimate worry-free day as admission tickets, wine-tasting, and a three-course lunch are all included.
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  • 10 hours
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$413.25
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$413.25
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Rioja Wineries and Laguardia Tour with Picnic from San Sebastian

Rioja Wineries and Laguardia Tour with Picnic from San Sebastian

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Explore the classic wines and food of the La Rioja region on a 9-hour wine tour from San Sebastian, visiting three local wineries for tastings at each location. Your day in La Rioja also features an elegant Spanish picnic accompanied by crianza wine at a fourth winery, as well as time to explore the picturesque medieval village of Laguardia. With pickup and drop-off at San Sebastian hotels, and all tastings and lunch included, this wine tour is an indulgent way to discover La Rioja wines.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$431.21
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$431.21
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La Rioja Small Group Tour: Winery Visit, Wine Tasting and Traditional Lunch

La Rioja Small Group Tour: Winery Visit, Wine Tasting and Traditional Lunch

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Get to know the wines of La Rioja on a full-day small-group tour from San Sebastian. Skip the hassle of a rental car and admire the scenery while your guide does the driving. Visit a winery and stroll through the vineyards while learning about the local winemaking process. Relax over a traditional lunch complete with a wine tasting. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included for your convenience.
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  • 8 hours
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$287.48
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Biarritz and French Basque Coast Day Tour from San Sebastian

Biarritz and French Basque Coast Day Tour from San Sebastian

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Take in the scenery on the French Basque Coast on this private tour from San Sebastian. With round-trip transportation taken care of, you can focus on the landscape of Biarritz, Guethary, and Saint-Jean-De-Luz. Commentary from your driver/guide sheds light on the history, culture, and architecture of the stops as you travel. This private tour ensures personalized attention and a flexible itinerary for you and your private party.
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  • 8 hours
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$539.02
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$539.02
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Small-Group Electric Bike Tour in San Sebastián

Small-Group Electric Bike Tour in San Sebastián

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Experience San Sebastian’s highlights and lesser-known delights on this small-group electric bike tour. Hop on an easy-to-ride bike and see more than you ever could on a walking tour as you travel along the city's large network of bike lanes. Discover La Concha, the Boulevard, and Monte Igueldo for bird’s-eye views, and explore often-overlooked districts such as the university and sports quarter. Ideal for first-time and short-on-time visitors, with a choice of departures.
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  • 3 hours
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$57.50
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$57.50
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Private Rioja wine tasting tour with local lunch

Private Rioja wine tasting tour with local lunch

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Taste your way through Spain’s most celebrated wine region on a completely private tour of La Rioja from San Sebastian. Sample bold red blends at two different wine cellars, including some of the oldest underground wine caves in the area, and see the famous winery designed by architect Frank Gehry. State your appetite and venture off the tourist track with lunch at an authentic Basque restaurant, and explore the charming medieval streets of Laguardia village on this mouthwatering, personalized experience.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$353.36
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Hondarribia and Pasaia (San Pedro & San Juan) Tour

Hondarribia and Pasaia (San Pedro & San Juan) Tour

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Explore the Basque coastline and some of its most charming seaside villages—San Pedro and San Juan—on this half-day tour from San Sebastian. All transportation is provided, and you'll travel with a small group of just eight people or fewer, enjoying personalized attention.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$101.81
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San Sebastián, the mystery of Santo Tomás and Santa Clara

San Sebastián, the mystery of Santo Tomás and Santa Clara

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A totally different activity: we propose the idea of overcoming the mythical "Escape Room", but in the street. So in reality, you will not have to leave any room, but you will have to perform different team activities to solve the enigma that surrounds you. All this through a secret route through Donosti and its unique corners. Looking to strengthen teamwork, give true value to everything around us and, above all, bring the true essence of the city to everyone while you have a good time.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$17.97
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Biarritz and French Basque coast tour from San Sebastian

Biarritz and French Basque coast tour from San Sebastian

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Maximize time in the Basque Country on this full-day tour from San Sebastian. Visit small fishing villages along the French Basque coast like Saint Jean de Luz and glamorous beach towns like Biarritz. Learn about local gastronomy as you explore the historic city of Bayonne and the town of Hendaye, on the border of France and Spain.
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  • 8 hours
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$227.59
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San Sebastian Walking Tour with Pintxo and a Drink

San Sebastian Walking Tour with Pintxo and a Drink

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Stroll through the historic Old Town of San Sebastian with a guide on this walking tour. Through a guide's commentary, learn about the city's people, culture, architecture, and history. With a small group of just 15 people or fewer, travelers will enjoy personalized attention and the chance to ask questions on the tour, which will stop at a local bar for a round of pintxos (tapas) and a drink.
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  • 2 hours
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$41.92
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 Txakoli winery small group tour with tasting in Getaria and Zarautz

Txakoli winery small group tour with tasting in Getaria and Zarautz

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'Txakoli' is a lightly sparkling white wine predominantly from the Basque region: its green bottles dominate San Sebastian’s bars. This half-day tour lifts the lid on its secrets at two 'txakoli'-producing coastal towns: Getaria and Zarautz. Tour both towns, and visit a Getaria 'txakolindegi' (winery) to see and learn about its vineyards and taste its wines alongside local delicacies. Upgrade for a private tour, with just you and your guide.
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  • 4 hours
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$149.73
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Game of Thrones Basque Coast Locations Tour from San Sebastian

Game of Thrones Basque Coast Locations Tour from San Sebastian

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Follow in the footsteps of two of your favorite characters on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” on this full-day, guided tour to season seven shooting locations. Set foot on the beach where Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen meet for the first time, walk the 241-step footbridge to ‘Dragonstone’ (hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe) and see the rocky landscape (The Flysch) leading to the castle shores.
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  • 7 hours
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$299.45
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$299.45
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San Sebastian City Bicycle Tour

San Sebastian City Bicycle Tour

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Visit the highlights of San Sebastian in a short amount of time on this guided bike tour. Cruise around the easy-to-bike city with a guide, stopping at more than 10 hotspots, including three beaches. This tour departs from a centrally located location at two convenient times, making it an easy to incorporate it into your day.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$51.51
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Hidden Parks and Palaces of San Sebastian Walking Tour

Hidden Parks and Palaces of San Sebastian Walking Tour

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Tour some of the less-visited gardens, parks, and palaces of San Sebastian on this small-group walking tour. Spend about three hours following your guide to sights such as Cristina Enea, Amara, Aiete Park, Miramar, and others. End your tour with an included drink, over which you can enjoy an intimate chat with your small group.
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  • 3 hours
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$41.92
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Donostia - San Sebastián Hop On - Hop Off Sightseeing Tour

Donostia - San Sebastián Hop On - Hop Off Sightseeing Tour

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Enhance your sightseeing in San Sebastián with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Travel with ease between Playa de la Concha beach, Miramar Palace and other top attractions, and hop on and off at any of the city-wide stops. Alternatively, choose to stay on for the full loop and listen to the audio commentary to find out more about the Basque city.
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  • 1 hour
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$14.37
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$14.37
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French Basque Countryside Tour from San Sebastian

French Basque Countryside Tour from San Sebastian

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Start your French Basque countryside tour in style with a hotel pickup. It’ll be the ultimate stress-free day, as you’ll be in a small-group, ensuring you have access to your guide if you have any questions. An ideal way to make the most of your time—you’ll visit many spots in a day including Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, Saint-Etienne-de-Baigorry, and Espelette, and Ainhoa.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$275.50
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Rioja Wine Tour from San Sebastian with Lunch

Rioja Wine Tour from San Sebastian with Lunch

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Benefit from personalized attention and private round-trip transportation for your group on this multi-stop winery tour. There's no need to rent a car or choose who will be the sober driver; you can sample as much wine as you like at three Rioja winery stops. Learn about the history and viniculture of this particular variety of Spanish wine.
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  • 9 hours
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$341.38
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Bilbao and Guggenheim Museum Private tour

Bilbao and Guggenheim Museum Private tour

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Explore top attractions in the Basque Country on this private 4.5-hour Bilbao and Guggenheim Museum tour. Follow a private guide through the pretty streets of Bilbao and admire the architecture for which the city is famous. Along the way, gain insight into the region’s culture and heritage, and take in top landmarks including the neo-baroque Arriaga Theater, City Hall, Ribera Market and the 14th-century Santiago Cathedral. Mingle with the locals along bustling shopping streets, then visit the famous Guggenheim Museum Bilbao — one of the largest museums in Spain.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$347.37
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$347.37
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La Rioja Explore Tour - Private experience

La Rioja Explore Tour - Private experience

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If you like vino then this is the tour for you. We'll take you behind the scenes and show you a special, personal side to this famous wine region. Say goodbye to the coast for the day and we’ll wind our way through the mountains of the Basque Country until we’re met by the sunny hills of La Rioja, carpeted with endless rows of grape vines. We’ll take you to a very special, four generation, family run Bodega where they’ll show you the whole wine making process. Then hit the relax button, it’s the tasting and tapas session on the patio overlooking the valley. Off down through the vines we’ll stop off at a famed bodega and prepare to be wowed. Next it’s over to the eleventh century town of Laguardia to amble through the sun drenched cobbled streets visiting the hidden cellar caves full to the brim of the regions finest. Topped off with a local restaurant for a 3 course traditional feast. Its an incredible way to spend the day and see what else this unique area has to offer.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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$395.28
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$395.28
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Bilbao city and Guggenheim Museum small group tour

Bilbao city and Guggenheim Museum small group tour

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Immerse yourself in the history, culture, and art of Bilbao with this half-day tour from San Sebastian. Listen to guided commentary on the city and explore the Guggenheim museum's world-class art. Round-trip transportation from San Sebastian means no need to rent a car or fuss with public transportation.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$179.67
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Three Temple Tour The Ignatian Way

Three Temple Tour The Ignatian Way

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Combine several Christian sites in one itinerary with this full-day tour in the Basque Country. Learn about religion and architecture from a local guide while you explore the hilltop San Telmo hermitage, the Sanctuary of Loyola, and the Sanctuary of Aranzazu. Relax between stops over lunch with wine. Convenient hotel pick-up and drop-off are included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$215.61
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Rioja Alavesa Wineries and Medieval Villages Private Day Trip

Rioja Alavesa Wineries and Medieval Villages Private Day Trip

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Spend a day exploring one of Spain’s most acclaimed wine-growing regions on a private tour of Rioja Alavesa from San Sebastian. Visit 4 or 5 wineries to taste Rioja red wines and other fine regional varietals accompained with local tapas. Such as local ham, chorizo and olive oil. Delve into local culture with a stop at the hilltop village of Laguardia, where Basque history and traditions still live among winding medieval streets and tucked-away squares.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$658.80
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$658.80
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