San Sebastián Sightseeing
A walk through San Sebastián from East to West, climbing a mountain, crossing a river, getting to know its architecture, its geography, the secrets of its history and ‘cool,’ as well as its authenticity.
Take me to the top
They say that God made a model of paradise and that once it was built, he kept the model… thus, San Sebastián was born. To understand (and enjoy) the natural beauty of San Sebastián, we’ll start at the top of Mount Igueldo where you’ll find the most amazing views of the city. There we’ll learn about the history of the Basque Country, the Bay of Biscay and the role of San Sebastián in all this. Can you get rich trading wool? Were boats of a quality and reputation similar to that of Ferraris and Porsches manufactured in sixteenth century Euskadi? Yes, and yes.
Combing the wind
The best way to descend Igueldo is on board its wooden funicular, which is more than 100 years old. We get off next to the most photographed sculpture in the city: the Peine del Viento by Eduardo Chillida, made of corten steel (hence its deliberate rust color.) To scratch the winds and frequent waves of this place.
Kings, Queens and Surfers
We’ll head over to the other 'Finis Terrae' of the city, Sagüés and La Zurriola, the epicenter of the surfing scene in San Sebastián. But first we’ll check out the main hallmarks of the city: its 'posh' side, its romantic nooks, the palace built for royal summers at the end of the 19th century (Miramar Palace), the French-influenced, modernist and rationalist buildings (with the odd nod to the Bauhaus), or more recent architecture such as the Kursaal, two buildings that seem to be beached rocks by the sea.
Old Town, new habits
The Old Town is the gastronomic epicenter of San Sebastián (yes, here are the pintxo bars, the gastronomic sociedades ‘ [think private eating clubs], seasoned locals enjoying the timeless 'txikiteo' [a sort of uptempo bar-hopping] – ordering 'zuritos' or 'cañas'. Here is the gluttonous, indulgent San Sebastián you’ve heard tell of), and the site of the city’s oldest buildings. You’ll come away with a Master's Degree in navigating “miniature cuisine” (how do you order a pintxo? When do you pay?), and High Honors in Basque bars. Of course, we’ll end the tour in the purest Ikusnahi style: with a pintxo, a glass of wine and a toast.
- Price: two people 345€
- Extra adult +55€
- Child (10-17 years old) +65€
- Children under 10 years free of charge
- For groups bigger than 6 people contact us
- Private tour
- Time: 10:00 and 16:00
- Duration: 3,5 hours
- Places: San Sebastián
- Professional guide
- A pintxo
- A drink
- Meals, drinks and tickets not listed above
We’ve had a very friendly and profesional tour with Ernes, who has shown us around with a lot of details, historical and interesting information, as well as hints on what to do during our stay and places to visit near by. We’ve really appreciated this pleasent morning walking tour.Melissa - Julio 2020
We have visited San Sebastian with a great and friendly Guide, who has captured our attention at all times! She shared with us practical information and some great tips to enjoy the rest of our stay in San Sebastian. We were delighted.Marta HC - Agosto 2020
Magnífica experiencia con Ernes, un guía que, aunque experimentado y conocedor de la zona, no escatimó tiempo y esfuerzo en estudiar y preparar nuestra propuesta. Siempre atento a nuestras necesidades y sugerencias, nos llevamos un grato recuerdo de un estupendo profesional.Manuel L. - Julio 2021