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San Sebastián is a city open to the sea and sheltered by mounts Igeldo, Urgull and Ulía


The most recognisable city snapshot features the beaches of Ondarreta and the Concha, with Santa Clara Island nestling in the centre of the bay. The city’s third beach, the Zurriola, lying alongside and beyond the Kursaal Congress Centre, is famous worldwide for its excellent surfing.

San Sebastián is the administrative capital of Gipuzkoa, one of the three provinces making up the Basque Autonomous Community. It lies to the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula, 30 kilometres from the border with France. The cross-border region running from San Sebastián to Bayonne represents an important hub of social, economic and tourist development in the south-west of the European Union (EU).

Currency: Euro, the EU currency.
Official languages: Basque and Spanish.
Climate: Mild, with generally gentle temperatures, high humidity, frequent clouds and heavy rainfall throughout the year. The coldest month is usually January, with an average temperature of 7.9ºC and the hottest August, with an average of 20ºC.

San Sebastián is a medium-sized city with almost 186,000 inhabitants. It is a tertiary, tourist city, eminently commercial, with strong emphasis on services and congresses. In recent years, San Sebastián has moved into the leading position among European cities, largely because of its commitment to science, technology, sustainable development and culture. Its designation as European Capital of Culture confirms this pledge.


Peter Mace 2018-04-22 19:07
I want to know which bus I need to get me to Bilbao by 15.30pm on 9th May and where in San Sebastian I catch the bus from

Many Thanks

Renee Schott 2018-06-18 05:53
I have tried to call you several times, and your phone line is always busy!
We are coming from San Francisco, California and will be in San Sebastian for one day, on Monday, July 30th.
I have read many things and want to plan our day. We will have a car (driving from Bilbao) and will park it in a parking lot.
Things we want to do:
--Pintxos tour for 20 Euros--is this possible? I read that it is for 3 pintxos and 3 drinks
--Cruise to Isla Santa Clara
--Funicular to Mount igueido
--Museum of San Talmo
PLEASE let me know if I can prepare for these things. Thank you.
Renée Schott
San Sebastian Turismo 2018-06-18 10:27
Sorry for that, we are receiving many calls these days. You can always write to and we usually reply in few hours. I will answer your questions one by one:
1. The tour of pintxos for 20 euros is no longer available. There are some pintxos tours but more expensive, you can have a look at the following link:
2. There are boats going to Santa Clara Island. There is one red line which is 4 euros and goes directly to the island and there is another one for 6,50 euros, the blue line, which makes a 30 minute tour before stopping at the island. At the tourist office we sell this blue line for 5,50 euros. You cannot buy the tickets before coming because these boats always depends on the conditions of the sea, there is no problem is you buy the tickets on the spot. This is the website with the information.
3. The tickets to go to the Funicular are also sold on the spot, you cannot buy them online. It´s 3,15 per person the return tickets. This is the timetable for July 30th:
4. Museum San Telmo: you don´t need to buy the tickets beforehand. They are closed on Mondays and it´s free on Tuesdays. Timetable: from 10am to 20pm.

If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to contact us
Mary Lea Gray 2018-06-27 20:13
Hi - we are making our FIRST trip to San Sebastian October 2-6, 2018. We would like to stay in the Old Town section in a pension, in a fairly quiet area and in the mid-price range. Thank you for your time and effort on our request. Mary Lea
Daniela 2018-07-28 15:19
Hola, quería saber de algún lugar donde se pueden cambiar dólares a euros en an sebastian, gracias!
San Sebastián Turismo 2018-07-28 15:25
Buenas tardes Daniela,

En San Sebastián no existen casas de cambio. Sólo es posible cambiar de divisa en los bancos, y no en todos. Le aconsejo que pregunte en el banco LaCaixa bank de la calle Aldamar nº2.

Un saludo,
Halina 2018-07-30 16:46
Буду в сентябре в Биаррице. Хотим на один день приехать в Сан Себастьян общественным транспортом (поезд или автобус).
Как лучше доехать из Биаррица в Сан Себастьян?
Halina 2018-07-30 16:50
Будем с 3 по 10 сентября в Биаррице, хотим приехать на 1 день в Сан Себастьян общественным транспортом - поездом или автобусом.
Как лучше добраться из Биаррица в Сан Себастьян в эти даты в сентябре?

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