4. San Sebastian in a Day Tour with Boat Ride & Old Town
Your full-day tour of San Sebastian starts by the waterfront. Your knowledgeable guide will show you around the historic port area and share stories of the city’s seafaring past. After gaining an understanding of the rich local heritage, you'll stop at a pastry shop boasting almost 140 years of history to try a traditional cake. This sweet treat is loved by many, including former Spanish queen María Cristina. Next, get ready for an unforgettable view of the city as it’s seen best: from the water! You'll hop aboard a comfortable private boat and head out into La Concha Bay, surrounded by breathtaking coastal vistas. Once back on solid ground, you'll make your way into the most iconic part of San Sebastian, the Old Town. Your guide will show you top attractions like the ornate basilica and Plaza de la Constitución while providing you with more insights into the city's origins. Next up is the famous San Telmo Museum, the oldest museum in the Basque Country. In addition to a guided tour of the museum, you’ll also step into a hidden cloister and marvel at the awe-inspiring Sert canvases in the chapel. Time for pintxos! Swing by a centennial café that was a favorite among Belle Epoque artists and is today frequented by stars attending the annual film festival. Here, you'll enjoy a selection of pintxos and a drink. Your afternoon begins in one of the most romantic areas of San Sebastian, fittingly nicknamed "Little Paris." You'll enter the grandiose cathedral and stroll along the stunning La Concha Beach, known as one of the most beautiful in Europe. After exploring centuries of Basque history, it's time to see the modern side of San Sebastian. Head into the hip Egia neighborhood to peek at the fascinating contemporary cultural center and learn about the city's future. From there, you'll hop aboard a private minibus and head across town, where even more spectacular views await. After a brief stop at the famous Comb of the Wind sculpture, you'll head to the top of Mount Igueldo aboard the legendary hundred-year-old funicular. Be sure to have your phone or camera ready—you’ll want to remember these views forever. Last but not least, you’ll board the minibus one last time to visit the stately 19th-century summer home of the Spanish royal family, Miramar Palace. After visiting the beautiful palace grounds, you're welcome to stay and explore more or head back to the city center with assistance from your guide.