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La Concha Bay: Our most recommended tours and activities

San Sebastian: Sightseeing Catamaran Bay Tour

1. San Sebastian: Sightseeing Catamaran Bay Tour

Depart from the beautiful fishing harbour of San Sebastián. Sail through the bay and along the coast of the city on a modern catamaran. Sail out of Bahía de la Concha (seashell bay) and discover various points of interest such as the Oteiza sculpture, Paseo Nuevo Sea Wall, the mouth of the Urumea River, Kursaal, Zurriola Beach, Mount Ulia, Mount Igeldo, and the Peine del Viento (Wind Comb sculpture).  Returning to Bahía de la Concha, see Ondarreta Beach, Miramar Palace, Pico del Loro (Parrot’s Beak), and City Hall. Enjoy beautiful views of the city from the ocean, and enjoy fantastic photo opportunities throughout the tour.

San Sebastian: Boat Tour with Stop at Santa Clara

2. San Sebastian: Boat Tour with Stop at Santa Clara

See amazing sights at La Concha Bay as you head to Santa Clara Island. Along the way, you'll be able to see beautiful views of the Town Hall, the famous La Perla Spa, Mount Urgull, the Miramar Palace, and the Peine del Viento. The 30-minute journey will take you to Santa Clara Island. There, you'll be able can sunbathe, take a bath, enjoy the beach at low tide, visit the cliffs, and have a drink at the bar. Return boats to San Sebastian from Santa Clara depart every 30 minutes or every hour depending on the weather. If you do not wish to stop on the island for some free time the whole trip will take about 40 minutes in total.

San Sebastian: Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Train

3. San Sebastian: Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Train

Come aboard this sightseeing train and you will discover everything that makes San Sebastian a unique and special place. The departure point is located in the heart of the historic city center next to the Cantabrian sea, on Paseo de Salamanca. The train route goes around the historic center, along the bay of La Concha to see the Santa Clara Island, Mount Urgull, the Miramar Palace, the Buen Pastor Cathedral, the Victoria Eugenia Theatre, and more. Hop on and off at your leisure. The vehicle, an articulated train with 2 carriages, has screens in case of rain, panoramic roofs in all carriages providing easy visibility for all passengers. They also have TFT screens with information about different places on the tour and the various excursions that you can purchase from the Donostia-San Sebastián City Tour office.

San Sebastian: Downtown San Sebastian Exploration Game

4. San Sebastian: Downtown San Sebastian Exploration Game

Discover iconic places in downtown San Sebastian and uncover the secrets behind them in this exploration game played on your phone. Solve challenges and see sights like the city hall, Puente de Santa Catalina, and more. Travel to the bandstand at Alameda del Boulevard to start the game. Your goal: to unravel the tale of a toymaker in search of their true identity. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and directions on your phone take you to the next location and puzzle to solve. It will take you between 1-1.5 hours but you should explore at your own pace: simply pause the game and resume when you want from the location where you paused it. Play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other before meeting at the final stop of the game, the Bretxa Market, having explored the city and answered the game's challenges!

San Sebastian: Private Walking Tour w/ Panoramic Views

5. San Sebastian: Private Walking Tour w/ Panoramic Views

First, you will visit the entrance of the town hall of San Sebastian, a former casino, and one of the most important meeting places for the bourgeoisie during the Belle Epoque. Going inside, you will travel back in time. The oldest area will show you what it was like to live in a fortified city near the border with lives depending on the sea and waiting for the battles to come. You will visit the historical areas like Constitution Square, beautiful narrow streets and head to the magnificent Buen Pastor Cathedral, stopping along the way at Guipuzcoa Square. Afterwards, walk through the promenade of La Concha Bay stopping at the beautiful Miramar Palace. Ending this walk, you will find the sculpture of 'The Comb of the Winds' from where the tour will continue up to Igueldo's hill, taking the popular funicular to enjoy the best view of the city and the bay. Return to the meeting point.

From Bilbao: Day Trip to San Sebastián with Guided Tour

6. From Bilbao: Day Trip to San Sebastián with Guided Tour

Discover the town of San Sebastián on this full-day trip from Bilbao. Ride in a comfortable car, van, or bus that suits the size of your private group. Uncover why this area attracted the European high-class tourism during the Belle Epoque period on a guided tour. Enjoy being picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in the city of Bilbao. Kick back and relax on the scenic drive through the countryside on the way to San Sebastian in Basque Country. Meet your guide and begin your tour of the town. Capture pictures of the smooth curve of the bay of La Concha and of the island of Santa Clara. See Ondarreta beach which is located next to the Peine del Viento sculptural ensemble. View the modernist architectural development. Make your way to the city center to see the Gothic Revival architecture of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd and appreciate the Eclecticism of City Hall. Travel through the Old Town to see the  baroque Roman Catholic parish of Santa Maria and the San Telmo Museum. Have the chance to savor local flavors with access to the bars in the Old Town where you can purchase some pintxos (small dishes) before heading back to your accommodation in Bilbao.

San Sebastián: City Tour with Pintxos and Wine

7. San Sebastián: City Tour with Pintxos and Wine

Discover the natural beauty of San Sebastián starting at the top of Mount Igueldo, finding the most amazing views of the city. Learn about the history of the Basque Country, the Bay of Biscay, and the role of San Sebastián in all this. Descend Igueldo aboard its wooden funicular, which is more than 100 years old. Get off next to the most photographed sculpture in the city, the Peine del Viento by Eduardo Chillida. Head to the other 'Finis Terrae' of the city, Sagüés and La Zurriola, the epicenter of the surfing scene in San Sebastián. Check out the main hallmarks of the city, its romantic nooks, the palace built for royal summers, the French-influenced, modernist, and rationalist buildings, or more recent architecture such as the Kursaal. Visit the gastronomic epicenter of San Sebastián; Old Town, home to the pintxo bars, the gastronomic Sociedades, and the seasoned locals enjoying the timeless 'Txikiteo' [a sort of uptempo bar-hopping]. Visit three of the most iconic bars to try their three most famous pintxos accompanied by cider, wine, or beer. End with a creamy, sweet artisanal ice cream.

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What people are saying about La Concha Bay

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 71 reviews

I went to spend the day with my daughter in San Sebastián and wanted to do something different. I found the APP and chose the walk around the bay. What a success!!!!! All by mobile. Book, pay and show tickets. No paper and no waiting. It tells you if there are places (you choose the day and time), sends the tickets, the reminder and how to get there. The tour of the bay was a joy even though I would have stayed all morning. We stayed in the lower part, alone, very well. It has bathrooms, which are not bad at all, clean... It's much cheaper than some ice cream (ahem) and of course more interesting and relaxing for me. I will repeat

Very nice activity, a quiet moment with a magnificent landscape! Super friendly staff on board I really recommend, both with friends and family

Very enjoyable and great to be able to spend time on Santa Clara island before returning to the harbour.

Pleasant trip with great views and the friendly and pleasant pilot explaining the area to us.

A beautiful hour to relax and enjoy lovely views !!!