Amara, a quiet neighborhood just steps from the city center!

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Amara mapa de recorrido

  1. Plaza Easo
  2. Araba park
  3. Anoeta Stadium and Real Sociedad Museum
  4. Skate Area
  5. Area for tapas
  6. Iesu chuch / Parque de la Memoria
  7. Return along the Urumea River, checking out bridges and palaces until you reach the sea

 

Looking for an affordable place to stay just steps from the city center in a quiet area off the beaten tourist path? Come to my neighborhood, Amara!

Amara visto desde Riberas de LoyolaAmara as seen from Riberas de Loyola. Photo @charlyronda

Amara is one of the largest neighborhoods in the city and is relatively modern and comfortable. It is not the neighborhood that attracts the most tourists, but that makes it a more affordable option that is still close to everything (15 min. walk/5 mins by bike).

There are hardly any tourists and you will feel like a real Donostia native in the neighborhood’s cafés and bars!

Amara - Cartel churrería Avda. MadridChurrerería -Chocolateria Lorea .Avda Madrid
Amara - Cartel churrería Avda. MadridChurrerería -Chocolateria Lorea .Avda Madrid
Amara - Establecimiento Don SerapioDon Serapio Avda. Sancho el Sabio.

Visit the neighborhood and you’ll find spots off the beaten tourist spot, places frequented by donostiarras with a distinct local feel. Here are just a few...

Amara - Buildings on the Paseo del Árbol de Gernika by the river Urumea

Buildings on the Paseo del Árbol de Gernika by the river Urumea. Photo: @sistersandthecity

Amara - Kiosk on the Plaza Easo

Kiosk on the Plaza Easo. Photo: @sistersandthecity

 

It all starts here...in Plaza Easo

Amara - Terraza bar La Bella Easo
Amara - Interior establecimiento en plaza Easo

Plaza Easo. A plaza packed with terraces, the perfect place for grabbing a drink, a coffee in the morning, a snack or an afternoon beer. There’s something for everyone!

Plaza Easo is one of the most recent areas to receive a makeover, becoming trendier with the opening of new bars and cafés while still preserving its authenticity as a neighborhood with people who have lived their entire lives.

Plaza Easo opens to the Araba park, a green, tree-filled park with places where children can play...

Amara - Plaza centenario

Plaza centenario

Amara - Parque Araba

Parque Araba. Photo: DonostiaKidSS

Amara - Placa Avda. Sancho el Sabio
Amara - Carril Bici en Sancho el Sabio

If you continue along Avenida de Sancho el Sabio, the widest avenue in the entire city, you’ll find 4-star hotels, shops, an avenue lined with towering trees and a bike path that leads to the Anoeta Stadium...

Amara - Don Serapio interior

Must-sees on the Avenida: Don Serapio

Amara - Don Serapio cartel de precios

At Don Serapio, you can try steak (txuleta) with cider, mushrooms, peppers (piperras), the best local and international deli products…don’t miss it…you’ll love it!

They also make take-away sandwiches, etc.

And for dessert, stop at Otaegui, one of the city’s oldest and most traditional bakeries, which opened in 1886. I recommend the “pantxineta”, a classic San Sebastián dessert.

Amara. Escaparate de la pastelería Otaegui
Pantxineta de la pastelería Otaegui

Pastelería Otaegui – there are also locations in the Old Town and the Gros neighborhood – and its classic “pantxineta”. Photo: ivan.mj

 

The Ensanche de Amara and Riberas de Loyola neighbourhoods

And after a good meal...I recommend checking out the sports district. Visit Anoeta, Real Sociedad’s home stadium. Founded over 100 years ago, Real Sociedad is one of the teams with the longest history in the Spanish Liga, winning the league in 1981 and 1982.

Anoeta is under a full renovation, so a good choice is a visit to the Real Sociedad Museum…an emotional stroll through the club’s history.

Exterior del estadio de Anoeta

Foto aerea del Estadio de Anoeta
Museo de la Real Sociedad
Partido de fúlbol de la Real Sociedad en el Estadio de Anoeta
Skate Park de Anoeta

The José Antonio Gasca Arena, the home court for the city’s basketball team, the GBC, and the Atano III pelota court, where the Basque Pelota World Cups have been held since 1970, are located behind the stadium. There are matches every weekend if you want to check out this traditional Basque sport! And for the skaters…the Skate Area is also just minutes away!

Want more tapas and terraces? Isabel II and Balleneros streets are a great option and home to traditional bars with their local clientele…one of my favorites is Txirrita: tripe, cheeks, squid, steak…and a lovely south-facing terrace…what more could you want?

We also have what’s called pintxopote in Amara every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday…the bars are packed and you can get a pintxo and drink for just €2!

Amara Pintxopote

Amara camareros trabajando en terraza de bar

The Riberas de Loyola residential neighborhood and its Iesu Church, designed by architect Rafael Moneo, is right next to Amara; this modern church, which looks like a blank sheet of paper, is a must-see if you’re staying in the neighborhood.

And the best way to top off the day is a peaceful bike ride on the land that runs along the tree-lined Urumea River, which will take you by Amara’s functional architecture, the Tabakalera building, the beautiful San Sebastián bridges, to the mouth of the river, with Moneo’s “Cubes” in the background.

Amara also has the Arcco shopping center, which offers a supermarket and a full range of stores and is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Practical!

Amara río Urumea
Amara rotonda plaza de Irun

Exploring Amara with Google Mapss

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