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San Sebastian Architecture Guide - page 4

San Sebastian Architecture Guide

San Sebastian is home to a delightful clash of architectural styles, with medieval townhouses coexisting beside Renaissance monasteries, neo-Gothic churches, Belle Epoque spas, and cutting-edge, contemporary museums. Here are a few notable buildings you shouldn’t miss in this Basque Country city.

Castillo de la Mota

Perched atop Monte Urgull, this medieval stone fortress has existed in some form since the 12th century. The castle now houses the Casa de la Historia museum, and is well worth the climb for its panoramic views of the city.

Plaza de la Constitucion

Life in San Sebastian revolves around the Plaza de la Constitucion in the heart of the Old Town (Parte Vieja). Most of the buildings in this photogenic neighborhood date back to the 19th century, after the city was destroyed in 1813 by English, French, and Portuguese troops. Today the dynamic area teems with cafés and bars serving pintxos (small bar snacks) and txakoli wine, both Basque specialties.

Cathedral Buen Pastor

In the late 19th century, San Sebastian, then a a favored seaside resort of the wealthy, underwent rapid development. Part of this expansion was Buen Pastor, a neo-Gothic cathedral. Opened in 1897, the church was inspired by medieval religious structures in Germany and France.

City Hall (Ayuntamiento)

Admire the delicate Belle Epoque lines at the twin-towered Ayuntamiento (City Hall), which is housed in the former Gran Casino. The building dates back to 1897 and stands on La Concha Bay with Old Town to one side and the quiet Alderi Eder gardens to the other.

Real Club Náutio de San Sebastian

Built in 1928, the Real Club Náutico de San Sebastian was designed in the rationalist architectural style to resemble a moored ship. The unusual building, which houses a yacht club on La Concha Beach, ranks among the benchmark examples of modern architecture in Spain.

Kursaal

The two translucent cubes of the Kursaal were designed by architect Rafael Moneo to look like a pair of beached rocks. The award-winning contemporary building is particularly striking at night, when it’s illuminated and shimmers over La Concha.

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The mountains and traditional cider house restaurant in the San Sebastian region

The mountains and traditional cider house restaurant in the San Sebastian region

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This is the best way to get to know the basque culture and its traditions. If you are coming to San Sebastian this is one of the things that must be done. It is the perfect tour. It is a combination of nature, culture and gastronomy in the basque mountains.  It is all included: transportation, local guide and the traditional meal at the cider house. In this tour we explore the mountains of the San Sebastian. We will enjoy its views and a light hike is possible if you want. Afterwards, we will go to a cider house restaurant to enjoy the traditional menu and drink cider directly from the barrels. The menu is based on traditional products such as fish, grilled stake on the fire, sheep's cheese and quince with nuts. This is suitable for all kind of audiences like families or friends. Enjoy with us the basque experiences.
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  • 5 hours
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San Sebastián, Txakoli winery and coastal villages. Maximum 4 persons.

San Sebastián, Txakoli winery and coastal villages. Maximum 4 persons.

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Discover the Basque Region’s scenic highlights—and visit a local winery—on this two-in-one, private tour from San Sebastián. Following morning pickup, head to the fishing village of Getaria, and enjoy the seaside views as you go. You’ll visit a txakoli winery for a tour and tasting, plus light nibbles. After a lunch of your choosing (own expense), continue to Zumaia to view its rock formations and “Game of Thrones” filming locations.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
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Traditional Basque Cider House Experience from San Sebastian

Traditional Basque Cider House Experience from San Sebastian

Discover the Basque culture of cider making during this half-day tour. Visit a cider museum to learn about the production process and then settle into a cider house for a traditional meal. Taste cider straight from different casks alongside a hearty meal including steak and local Idiazabal cheese. Private transportation to and from your hotel in San Sebastian is included.
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Vitoria and Añana Salt Valley small group tour, lunch included
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Vitoria and Añana Salt Valley small group tour, lunch included

We pick you up at your hotel and head first to Añana Salt Valley, where we will learn everything about the traditional way of producing the 'white gold' from local experts (visit lasts around 1.5 hours). Later we will go to Vitoria-Gasteiz, the capital of the Basque autonomic region. After lunch there, we will go sightseeing, admiring the medieval old town on top of a hill among other spots (total visit time around 2 hours). At around 17:00pm we will head back to San Sebastian and drop you off at your hotel.
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  • 8 hours
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Customized & Exclusive Private tours in & from San Sebastian

Customized & Exclusive Private tours in & from San Sebastian

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I serve you personal assistance to offer unique experiences along the Basque Country. The flexibility of my personal treat makes my tours unique. I take pride in customizing my tours to your individual priorities, enabling you to discover both the world class attractions and hidden corners of the Basque Country; extraordinary places which will bear remarkable memories. Discover the Basque Country & Rioja wine area like a local. Personalized tours adapted to your willing and need guided by the expert local tour guide. I am specialized in gourmet food and wine, culture, adventure and nature tours making you feel a temporarily basque citizen. PERSONALIZED & EXCLUSIVE My customized tours allows you to get the most out of your limited time, and gives you the chance to experience the extraordinary. I really know how to explore the country and I'd do it in your way, pace and wish. Ask for any idea and I will make your dreamed trip become true. Welcome to the Basque Country and Rioja!
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  • 3 to 9 hours
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French Basque Countryside Private tour

French Basque Countryside Private tour

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See what the Basque Country was like long time ago: small fairy taIe villages frozen in time. To a world in love with France, it’s the little sister who did not get invited to the dance. We will cross the border from Spain into France and after a scenic drive of 1,5 h approx. we will get to our first stop of the day, Saint Jean Pied de Port. From its foundation in the latter part of the 12th century, the town became the strong point for the Kingdom of Navarre on the north side of the Pyrenees. After a short stroll through the town, following the footsteps of the pilgrims, we will stop in the picturesque town of Bidarray to observe the beginning of the Pyrenees from its 12th-century church’s promenade. From here we will take a fascinating back-road, that take us to Espelette. Before coming back we will stop in Bayonne that boasts an exceptional cultural heritage, a melting pot of French, Basque, Gascon and Jewish cultures…
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San Sebastian: Gastronomy and Culture - Pearl of the Cantabric - Premium

San Sebastian: Gastronomy and Culture - Pearl of the Cantabric - Premium

San Sebastián is known as the “Pearl of the Cantabrian”, is one of the cities that best combine gastronomy, culture and beauty. Donostia welcomes visitants as a part of the city. Enjoy a walk through the Old Part of the city and the romantic area, with a tasting of some pintxos and typical local drinks, as a “donostiarra”. You will also discover the best view in the world from Mount Igueldo´s theme park.
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Camino de Santiago trail. Private trekking tour along the coast

Camino de Santiago trail. Private trekking tour along the coast

Go on St.James way, famous “Camino de Santiago” along the coastline hikking tour. Trekking tour along the coast and the mountain, departing from San Sebastian. We will take you along stunning views on the coast to end the walk in Pasajes San Juan, fishermen village. Enjoy this trekking as a local, discover the best lookouts, the history of the Basque people, taste some local food on the fishermen charmy town, gather with locals.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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San Sebastian: Trip to your Basque roots - Pintxo Studio

San Sebastian: Trip to your Basque roots - Pintxo Studio

This interesting experience of 6 hours consist of visiting one of the treasures of the city that only few people know. We are talking about Albaola the Maritime Factory where we can see the duplicate of the construction of Galeón San Juan, an iconic whaler of the XVI century. Ubicated in the Ondartxo cove, in Pasaia, it allows you comprehending the history of the whaler San Juan, an example of the firsts transoceanic cargo ships that sailed up from Euskadi to Terranova. Cross the Pasajes Bay to San Juan where we will go to a local restaurant to make a gastronomic experience in that traditional basque restaurant. Finally, you will enjoy one PintxoStudio elaborated with the best products: Fresh fish and seafood, homegrown products and meats of quality. Enjoy the little delicacies after each class.
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Private Transfer Tour San Sebastian to Bilbao along the Basque Coast

Private Transfer Tour San Sebastian to Bilbao along the Basque Coast

Take advantage of a transfer day during your stay in the Basque Country to get to know the entire Basque Coast by the hand of a local on this door-to-door private transfer tour from San Sebastian to Bilbao.
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  • 8 hours
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Biarritz and the French Basque Coast Tour from San Sebastian

Biarritz and the French Basque Coast Tour from San Sebastian

Escape the city bustle for a scenic, full-day tour along the French Basque coast from San Sebastian. Cross the Bidasoa River to the French side of the Basque Country and visit the charming city of Bayonne, the fishing village of Saint Jean de Luz and the glamorous town of Biarritz. Learn about local gastronomy over lunch during this small-group tour.
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  • 7 hours
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Vacation Photographer in San Sebastian

Vacation Photographer in San Sebastian

Localgrapher is the largest network of professional photographers and videographers with more than 600 destinations around the globe! Book your private photographer and guide in San Sebastian to capture your picture-perfect moments while visiting amazing sites! SOLO TRAVELERS Fancy an insta-perfect photoshoot from your San Sebastian vacation? Localgrapher has years of experience with fashion and solo travel photography! Make your memories last a lifetime and share them on social media or display them in your home to receive an avalanche of compliments. COUPLES If you are about to propose to your loved one, honeymooning or just exploring what San Sebastian has to offer, put the selfie stick aside and let Localgrapher’s superb photographers take care of the photos for you both. FAMILIES & GROUPS A family trip, wedding, bachelorette party or grand get-together? Forget missing someone from pictures, we’ll capture them all!
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  • 30 minutes
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San Sebastián private guide with transport, maximum 4 persons.

San Sebastián private guide with transport, maximum 4 persons.

A full day customized tour with experienced private guide in and around the San Sebastián area. A highly customized tour where I design the perfect tour for smaller groups depending on their specific interests or needs. Private transport in air conditioned minivan included.
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  • 8 hours
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$767.26
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Wheelchair friendly Rioja Wine Tour

Wheelchair friendly Rioja Wine Tour

For wine lovers who want to explore a wide range of outstanding wines visiting Rioja is the best option. With its beautiful landscapes, medieval villages and exquisite wines, Rioja is Spain’s most famous wine region. There are hundreds of bodegas in Rioja to visit and they are spread out over three zones – Rioja Alavesa, Alta and Baja. It is a wonderful destination due to his diversity, from traditional bodegas and medieval caves to modern architectural cellars. Our local knowledge and expertise enables us to work with a selection of wineries, restaurants and partners that will make your trip accessible. We invite you to discover with us the best wine and gastronomy!
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  • 8 hours
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San Sebastian: French Basque Coast - Biarritz and San Juan de Luz - PREMIUM

San Sebastian: French Basque Coast - Biarritz and San Juan de Luz - PREMIUM

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We will start the day in San Juan de Luz. The old town is made up of beautiful Basque style houses. Many of the buildings date back to the 17th century, During the city tour we will enjoy the visit of a treasure known by few as is the visit of the Egiategia Underwater Winery. We cannot forget another of the jewels of San Juan de Luz as is its market, with its stalls selling fish, horse meat, vegetables, bakery products and many varieties of cheese, this is the ideal place to discover all the ingredients that make Basque gastronomy so famous. At the end of the tour, we will enjoy a menu in a traditional local restaurant. After lunch, we will go to Biarritz to enjoy a City Tour. The city is formed mostly by bourgeois houses and mansions, used by the wealthy as summer houses. This touch of luxury is perfectly balanced with the more relaxed and carefree surf culture, which also has a long tradition in Biarritz. Undoubtedly, this interesting contrast is part of the identity of the city.
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  • 8 hours
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San Sebastian: From Waves to Grapes - Premium

San Sebastian: From Waves to Grapes - Premium

To begin with the experience, once we arrive to Zarautz we will have a guided tour around the village, including the restaurant of Karlos Arginaño an his hotel. When we finish the tour in Zarautz we will move to Getaria. The fame of Getaria is due to its seafaring tradition which has led to excellent restaurants, beaches and docks. In addition, Getaria is the cradle of some historical figures as Juan Sebastián Elcano and Cristóbal Balenciaga. There we will have a guided tour around the village. Following that, we will have lunch in a traditional restaurant in Getaria. After that, we will visit the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum and its new annexed building of the Aldamar Palace. After the visit, we will visit the cannery which is located next to the harbour with a small guided tour inside, there, you will experience a workshop learning how canneries work. At the foreseen time, we will return to the hotel
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  • 8 hours
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Olive oil and Navarre winery visit with tastings and lunch in small group tour

Olive oil and Navarre winery visit with tastings and lunch in small group tour

Learn everything about the olive oil production, from harvesting the fruit to the pressing process to extract the oil, and feel the essence of the mediterranean diet tasting different oils. Later on, we will visit a wine cellar and we will discover all the secrets of wine making. By the end of the day, your knowledge of these two spanish staple foods as well as your expertise of our food culture will multiply.Along the day Tudela village will be visited and lunch will be included. And all of this in just a single day trip!
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  • 8 hours
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Lourdes Sanctuary and castle small group tour, lunch included

Lourdes Sanctuary and castle small group tour, lunch included

Visit the world famous Sanctuary of Lourdes on a day full of spirituality. After touring the roads where the Pyrenees are visible, the small mountain town of Lourdes will surprise you with its varied experiences. The castle of Lourdes (Chateau Fort) is visited as the beginning of the arrival in the village, before accessing the Sanctuary. Crossing the door of Saint Michel, with the underground basilica of Pio X and the chapel of Saint Joseph at our side, the Coronado Virgin will receive us as a prelude to the Basilica of Notre Dame and the crypt of the Immaculate Conception to reach the cave where the Virgin appeared before Bernadette Soubirous in 1858. The houses where Bernadette was born and grew up are also very close from the Basilica and are visible as well.
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  • 9 hours
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$283.30
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Private Photo Session with a Local Photographer in San Sebastian

Private Photo Session with a Local Photographer in San Sebastian

Want to capture your amazing honeymoon? Family vacation while the kids are still little? Your perfect couples retreat from everyday busy life? A solo trip without asking strangers to take pictures of you? Stop searching, we got you here! We are the largest network of local vacation photographers in the world! Besides San Sebastian, we operate in over 700 destinations worldwide! We always make sure that every special moment of each client is captured well. We believe in our service and quality of our photos so much that we even offer a 100% money back satisfaction guarantee for your photo shoot. Which means, if you don’t like the result of your photo shoot, you can contact us within 7 days and claim your money back! So what are you waiting for? Become one of our hundreds of happy customers by treating yourself to this special experience! Your family and friends will love the result too!
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  • 30 minutes
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San Sebastian: Premium Rioja Alavesa, Land of Wine

San Sebastian: Premium Rioja Alavesa, Land of Wine

The history of Laguardia is written down its rocks which are waiting the tourists in order to be read. The underground of the village is drilled by the wineries or caves excavated under the houses and streets which are approximately 6 meters deep. Early in the morning you will have a guided tour through the church of Santa María de los Reyes which was built at the end of XVI century. There, we could appreciate the precious polychrome of XVII century. Once you have whetted your appetite, there could not be anything better than visiting a XV century winery and discovering the real wine history. Regarding the meal, you will taste the magnificent riojan menu on a traditional restaurant. In the afternoon, we will suggest you a walk through the vineyards and to finish with, you will visit the famous winery of Marqués de Riscal which belongs to the XXI century and shows the modernity of the zone. On this tour a taste of two wines is included.
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  • 10 hours
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$849.89
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San Sebastian: From Waves to Grapes

San Sebastian: From Waves to Grapes

To begin with the experience, once we arrive to Zarautz we will have a guided tour around the village, including the restaurant of Karlos Arginaño an his hotel. When we finish the tour in Zarautz we will move to Getaria. The fame of Getaria is due to its seafaring tradition which has led to excellent restaurants, beaches and docks. In addition, Getaria is the cradle of some historical figures as Juan Sebastián Elcano and Cristóbal Balenciaga. There we will have a guided tour around the village. Following that, we will have lunch in a traditional restaurant in Getaria. After that, we will visit the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum and its new annexed building of the Aldamar Palace. After the visit, we will visit the cannery which is located next to the harbour with a small guided tour inside.. At the foreseen time, we will return to the hotel
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  • 8 hours
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$436.75
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Private City Tour of San Sebastian with introduction to Pintxos Culture

Private City Tour of San Sebastian with introduction to Pintxos Culture

Enjoy this completely personalized private tour of San Sebastian and enjoy their most important monuments and sights. Take this opportunity to get to know San Sebastian in this experience with your own private official tour guide, comfortable in your private vehicle. Get to personalize your own experience. The tour will include an introduction to the pintxos culture of San Sebastian, including 2 pintxos and 1 drink per person in the last part of the tour.
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  • 4 hours
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$470.98
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San Sebastian: The best Cheesecake in the world

San Sebastian: The best Cheesecake in the world

A tasting of 5 pintxos, 5 drinks and 1 dessert in 5 different bars, all of them selected according to the pleasures and necessities of the customer and including the best cheesecake in the world which is served here!. Each Pintxotour is personalized. Our guide will pick you up at the hotel (only hotels in the city center) for a private tour in the Old Town and the Romantique area of the city of approximately 3 hours and 30 min. This walk is unique because history and gastronomy are combined so we will learn the past of the city while enjoying its gastronomy. You will live as a local as this plan represents the common lifestyle of Donostia. We will show you the best bars with the best pintxos and the guide will suggest the most special pintxos, as well as the most appropriate drink, the white wine, the Txakoli, the Cider, or Red Wine
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$159.35
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El Camino and the Pyrenees Private Day Tour from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port To Roncesvalles

El Camino and the Pyrenees Private Day Tour from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port To Roncesvalles

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This private tour from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port To Roncesvalles is perfect for travelers with limited time. You’ll fit so much into one day, and won’t have to worry about navigating mountain roads as you’ll travel in a private vehicle. Traverse through the Pyrenees, and along the El Camino with commentary from your guide. See medieval villages, ancient forest Irati, and impressive mountain views.
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  • 8 hours
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$531.18
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