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Sunny days spent on sandy beaches and evenings strolls through the Old Town are among the joys of visiting San Sebastian. Picturesquely set on the crescent-shaped Bay of Concha, this elegant town is one of Spain's most fashionable beach resorts.
There are so many things to see in San Sebastian. These are the top 10 tourist attractions of the city.
1. The Seaside Elegance and Beautiful Beach of La Concha
The perfect white sand beach of the Bay of Concha is the most iconic sight in San Sebastian. With mesmerizing turquoise waves, this beach extends for more than a kilometer. The beach, known as La Perla, overlooks the cityscape of San Sebastian and has an ambience of elegance. A protected location in the bay ensures calm, gentle waters that are safe for swimming.
2. Playa de la Zurriola: Surfers' Beach
This well-known surfers' beach has many sports shops, large department stores, and art galleries. The Playa de la Zurriola attracts surfers from all over the world because of its challenging waves and surf competitions. This beach is also a favorite destination of sports enthusiasts, who come here to play beach volleyball, football, and beach tennis.
3. Museo de San Telmo
The Museo de San Telmo is an exceptional. It offers visitors an overview of Basque culture, the diverse collection is presented in different departments such as fine arts, history, archaeology, and ethnology. The archaeology department displays an extensive collection of coins, ceramics, and pre-Columbian artifacts.
4. Parte Vieja (Old Town)
The historic Old Town of San Sebastian is north of the Alameda del Boulevard extending to Monte Urgull with the Plaza de la Constitucion at its center. Many lovely balconied buildings line this square. A favorite pastime in the Old Town is strolling the streets in search of traditional Basque tapas. This atmospheric quarter is filled with authentic pintxo restaurants and is at its liveliest in the evening when tourists and locals flock to the area. This part of the city will make you fall in love with San Sebastian.
5. Miramar Royal Palace
This palace is surrounded by beautiful grounds overlooking the sea. The palace was built as a vacation home for the Spanish royal family. The simple but elegant home has two floors for the private residence and a third floor that was used by the servants. Beautiful gardens with gorgeous ocean views lead down to a seafront promenade along the Bahia de la Concha.
6. Scenic Views and Amusement Park on Monte Igueldo
El Monte Igueldo is the mountains guarding the bay of La Concha. You can reach the top of the hill by cable car. From there you will enjoy spectacular views of the city. Just at the end of the railway you'll find the Igueldo amusement park.Another highlight is the observatory with an outlook tower. Ascend the tower for magnificent views of the town, the Bay of Concha, and the rolling hills of the Basque countryside
7. Isla de Santa Clara
Travelers can enjoy a delightful island getaway right in the city of San Sebastian. Declared a Historical National Interest Site, the Isla de Santa Clara is a tiny 30-meter-wide island just off the coast, combining the peacefulness of nature along with the amenities of civilization. Tourists can also go for a scenic stroll to the lighthouse and enjoy the stunning views along the way.
8. Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro
Fall in love with San Sebastian's Baroque church. It stands on the foot of Monte Urgull in the heart of the Old Town. One of the most-visited tourist sites in San Sebastian, the Basilica of Santa Maria del Coro was built on the site of an ancient Roman temple.
9. Parque de Aiete
The Aiete Palace of the Dukes of Bailen was built where medieval pilgrims stopped on their way to Santiago de Compostela. The palace once hosted illustrious visitors including Queen Victoria of England. Today, the palace grounds are used as a public park and venue for cultural events.
10. Catedral del Buen Pastor
The largest church in San Sebastian, the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd is in the New Town beyond the busy Calle de San Martin. With its 75-meter-high tower, this inspiring edifice is an important city landmark. The cathedral was built out of sandstone from the Monte Igueldo. The immense structure covers an astounding surface area of 1,915 square meters.
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