Destination guide

In San Sebastian, the Basque Country shows off its best

A jewel in the Basque Country, San Sebastian is one of the most famous resort towns on the Bay of Biscay. It's cute and cozy, with cobblestone streets in its historic town centre and tons of boutiques, bars and restaurants. It's also beachy and bright, with sandy shores primed for surfers and sunbathers. It's also cultured and contemporary, thanks to its museums and architecture. Vacationers, beach lovers and honeymooners who book San Sebastian vacation rentals don't regret it, if they ever come home at all.

Things to do

A shockingly large number of sights and shark tanks

For a small seaside city, San Sebastian has an incredible selection of big-time attractions. The San Telmo Museoa is an art and history museum that explores everything from Basque history to contemporary art and features a 16th-century convent with a restored church and cloister. If the younger people in your party (or the art-fatigued) grow weary, they'll be jolted awake at San Sebastian's Aquarium. Its deep-ocean and coral-reef exhibits are set behind giant panes of glass that make visitors feel like they're swimming with the sharks.

Activities

Where film buffs, foodies beach bums are equally welcome

San Sebastian vacation rentals offer access to a captivating coastline. Playa de la Concha is the most popular beach and perhaps the most perfect, with calm waters and picture postcard views of the bay. Dive into the famous culinary scene with traditional Basque tapas (pintxos) at a seaside bar or a multi-course meal at a posh restaurant. If you time your visit right, you can catch a flick at the International Film Festival in September or revel in one of the other art, food or music festivals that take over the city throughout the year.

Weather

You don't need high temperatures when the scene is this hot

The moist, breezy oceanic climate bathes San Sebastian in moderate temperatures and cloudy conditions. Winters are cool but never too cold, with the lowest lows safely above freezing. Just remember to pack an umbrella if you plan a trip between October and February. Summers are drier, sunnier and warmer, of course, with high temps topping out in the upper 20s in August. Summer and early autumn are peak seasons for vacationers, so if you're looking for more elbow room and lower prices on San Sebastian vacation rentals, try booking in late autumn or spring.

Natural highlights

Seaside splendour and waterfalls in the wild

San Sebastian's sandy beaches and ocean breezes are some of its best features. Playa de la Concha is beloved by families and tanning experts, while Playa de la Zurriola is where surfers score mighty waves. Parque de Cristina Enea offers a more curated taste of nature, with its walking paths lined with ornamental plants and towering red sequoias. Head inland toward the Artikutza forest in the Aiako Harria Nature Reserve for something wilder. It's a treasure trove of beech, oak and yew trees, and its hiking trails wind past waterfalls and up steep mountainsides.

How to get there

Transport to and around San Sebastian

Fly into San Sebastian (EAS), the closest airport, located 9.8 mi (15.7 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Biarritz (BIQ-Pays Basque), which is 24.7 mi (39.7 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, make your way to Donostia-San Sebastián Station or San Sebastian Amara Station to see more of the city.

Where to stay near San Sebastián?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 712 holiday rentals near San Sebastián. From 83 Houses to 546 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near San Sebastián is on Stayz.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to San Sebastián?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in San Sebastián:

  • Old Town: 354 holiday homes
  • Antiguo: 81 holiday homes
  • Egia: 383 holiday homes
  • San Sebastian Centro: 443 holiday homes
  • Kokotia: 151 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to San Sebastián?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in San Sebastián. From Stayz travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • San Sebastian (YJH-San Sebastian-Donostia Train Station): 761 holiday rentals
  • Gros: 755 holiday rentals
  • Zurriola Beach: 757 holiday rentals
  • Donostia-San Sebastian Aquarium: 754 holiday rentals
  • San Sebastian City Hall: 501 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around San Sebastián listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in San Sebastián?

Yes, of course. Stayz offers 83 Houses in San Sebastián. Our other popular types of San Sebastián holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 546 holiday houses
  • Villas: 19 holiday houses
  • Cottages: 44 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in San Sebastián?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 42 holiday homes with pool available in San Sebastián. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.