The charms of Parte Vieja
The home of the ubiquitous pintxos bar, San Sebastian’s old town is a lively pocket of winding laneways, bespoke boutiques and hidden gems. Locals and tourists alike come together day and night, and if you want to stay close to the excitement, consider a base within Parta Vieja.
Budget-conscious travellers rejoice! Among the smattering of hostels in old town you’ll also find a great selection of traditional pensions. Choose from the likes of Adore Plaza, Pension Ab Domini and Pension Goiko for a basic, yet comfortable room within an easy stroll of San Sebastian’s most renowned attractions.
Rivalling some of Europe’s best beaches, plenty of summer fun awaits on the sandy shores of Playa de la Concha. If you have a taste for the high life, Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra commands centre stage on La Concha. The 19th Century palace is a traveller’s dream with lavish guest suites and captivating water views from its bar and terrace.
If you’re an avid surfer or style maven, hot foot it to the romantic enclave of Gros and Zurriola Beach across town. Siesta in style with views of the sea from the boutique Hotel Arrizul or settle into air-conditioned comfort at the Punta Monpas Hotel.
San Sebastian: the culinary king
Gastronomy is what sets San Sebastian apart from its Basque counterparts, and delicious mouthfuls await around every turn within even the most unassuming bars. While the Michelin Guide has made its mark on the city, there are still plenty of hotels in town where you don’t have to venture too far from your room for a decadent meal.
You can linger over the gastronomic delights at Sala7 at the Astoria 7 hotel before retiring to your cinematic-themed hotel suite, or indulge in haute cuisine at the luxurious Hotel Maria Cristina’s Easo restaurant.