San Sebastian, Spain

This beautiful city by the sea was definitely a hard place to leave after three days.  Now I understand why people flock to this seaside destination from near and far to enjoy the wonderful food and sandy beaches that this region is known for!  La Concha Beach is by far the most popular beach in all of San Sebastian and is considered to be one of the best urban beaches in all of Europe.  La Concha is located in the heart of the city on the scallop shaped, Bay of Biscayne, and is a wonderful place to spend an entire afternoon relaxing on the soft sand or taking a swim in the turquoise water.

A lovely wrought iron white railing lines the Concha Promenade and is one of the city’s most distinguishing features.


You can stroll on this lovely path for approximately 3.5 miles while taking in some of the many sights of this charming city. We spent a lot of time on this promenade, whether it was day or night, it was just a gorgeous place to spend your time.

Here is the beach on a chilly day with the beach to yourself.


And here is the beach on a warm sunny day….get there early to find your spot. 😉


An early morning stroll on the promenade before most of the city woke up.


You could spend your days eating delicious tapas or pinxtos, as they are called in this part of Spain, or walking/running, biking (there is a dedicated bike lane along the promenade), taking a cooking class or a food tour.  It’s definitely a very active city with plenty of people exercising…..I suggest getting your exercise in early and then you can spend the day sipping delicious sangria and eating pinxtos…..guilt free!

San Sebastian is definitely a fabulous destination for a foodie. This beautiful city holds the second highest Michelin stars per capita in the world, fifteen as of 2015.  Restaurants and bars had crowds of people spilling out the doors at lunch and dinner.  No need to commit to one place for the night, because the idea is to stop in at several places to have a drink and a few tapas and then head to the next place…..kind of like a tapas stroll or tapas crawl!


Our favorite meal in San Sebastian was at Lanziego.


Taking evening strolls through town and along the promenade were highlights of our time spent in San Sebastian.



Good Shepherd Cathedral of San Sebastian was such a beauty at night.


Hiking up the beautiful Monte Urgull.  Great views of the surrounding area while walking to the top.



In the distance is Monte Igueldo……you can take a funicular to the top to take in great views of the area or you can take a ferry to Isla de Santa Clara.  In the summer the ferry runs to the island every 30 minutes from the harbor.


I was quite impressed with the sand art this young man created.  He was out there every morning creating something.  I’m not quite sure what the message was, but he certainly spent a lot of time crafting designs and messages with a stick! 


Our home for three days, Hotel Londres, located directly on the promenade.  Great location, wonderful concierge service, but I think the rooms could use some updating.  Having said that, I would probably stay there again because of the location on La Concha Beach and the close proximity to the old town.


Beautiful old town San Sebastian


I’m so glad I decided to add this beautiful sea side town to our itinerary this past summer.  Our family really enjoys combining city and beach destinations to our summer trips…..we always like the hustle and bustle of city touring, but enjoy some down time at the beach afterwards.  This was the perfect place to decompress after busy Paris and before heading to Barcelona on a 5 1/2 hour train ride.

Leave me a comment and let me know if you’ve been to Spain and what your favorite Spanish destinations are.  Or what place is on your list?

Stay tuned for a food post about one of my favorite vegetables and a travel post about the last stop on our summer European trip……Barcelona.

Thanks for stopping by!










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10 comments on “San Sebastian, Spain

    • Hey Lisa, Thanks for stopping by! So glad you are enjoying my travel posts! They are some of my favorite posts to put together. I’ll have more in the coming weeks. xo

    • Hi Jenny, Thanks for stopping by to say hello! 😉 Looks like you are having a wonderful time on your trip…..I’m enjoying your posts! You will have to put Spain on your itinerary for next time!

  1. Your images take me back to the summer of 2014, April. I absolutely fell in love with San Sebastian. We stayed just down the promenade at Hotel Niza. I would absolutely recommend staying in that location. It made it so easy to get a true view of San Sebastian lifestyle. You’ve captured one of my favorite places beautifully. Currently making plans here for Italy and France in July–I’m already having European dreams. 🙂
    Wonderful post!
    xx, Heather

    • Thank you, Heather! We all loved San Sebastian and would love to go back again sometime in the future! Your plans for next summer sound fabulous! Half the fun is planning! 🙂

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