Day 2: Along the coast
6 km of coastline with 3 beaches and 3 icons
Going up Mount Igeldo in the funicular that is more than a century old is a good way to start the day and enjoy the best panoramic view of the city. On your way down, make sure you spot one of San Sebastian’s icons: the Peine del Viento (Wind Comb), by the internationally famous San Sebastian artist Eduardo Chillida, a perfect example of unadulterated beauty, a profound dialogue between art and the landscape.
When the sea is choppy, see what effect the waves have on this magical place.
After strolling through the gardens and Ondarreta Beach, you arrive at the Miramar Palace, the former summer residence of the royal family which is surrounded by gardens, where you can have a relaxing stroll or have a rest from the hustle and bustle.
There’s nothing like mingling with the locals from Calle Matía in the Antiguo district and enjoying delicious pintxos or set menus.
To walk off your lunch, take a pleasant stroll along La Concha Beach, until you reach the Aquarium that is nearly a century old and has recently been refurbished. It is one of the most modern oceanographic museums in Europe and tells the fascinating story of the Basque whalers of years gone by.
Continuing along the coast, you will come to the Construcción Vacía (Empty Construction), a sculpture by Oteiza, which beckons us towards the Paseo Nuevo, which leads to the popular Gros district, with its charming terrace cafés, shops and bars.
The walk ends at the third beach, Zurriola, and with the third sculpture: Paloma de la Paz (Dove of Peace) by Nestor Basterretxea.
You must watch the sun set from the wall in the Sagües district, surrounded by surfers and young skaters.
And for dinner, explore the Gros district, the most dynamic and bohemian area of the city, and enjoy the countless charming restaurants for which it is known.