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How to Spend 2 Days in San Sebastian

How to Spend 2 Days in San Sebastian

With two days in San Sebastian, branch out beyond the narrow lanes and landmarks in the compact historic center. It’s time enough to taste your way through tapas bars, lounge on sandy beaches, hike the surrounding hills, and visit Basque vineyards in the countryside. Use these planning tips to make the most of a 2-day stay. 

 

Day 1: City Exploring

**Morning:**Discover San Sebastian’s historic center by exploring the key landmarks, from the Buen Pastor Cathedral to the Batería de Santiago. Options include hop-on hop-off tours, walking tours, cycling tours, and more; they’re a great way to discover new places.

**Afternoon:**Whatever the season, head to one of San Sebastian’s lovely beaches for the afternoon, whether you’re bundled up for a stroll, taking a surf lesson, sunbathing, or swimming in the chilly ocean.

**Night:**San Sebastian pintxos—that’s the local term for tapas—are a city institution, with crowds of locals and visitors strolling from bar to bar each evening. Join a tapas tour to discover some of the best places to eat and drink, choosing from specialties that include fresh-caught seafood and plates of Basque sheep cheese.

 

Day 2: Natural Beauty

**Morning:**Just beyond the city is Monte Ulia, a ridge with beautiful views across San Sebastian and the coast. One of the trail options here is the Way of St. James, a historic pilgrimage route; hike a section on your own or join a guided tour that bundles the hike with round-trip transport and other activities.

**Afternoon:**After an active morning, treat yourself to a wine tasting—Basque country is famed for dry, white wines called txakoli. Guided wine tours can take you straight to the vineyards where txakoli is made, combining a wine tasting with a glimpse of the countryside surrounding San Sebastian.

**Night:**Now that you’ve experienced San Sebastian pintxos, learn to reproduce the small plates in a hands-on cooking class. Whether you’re all about cooking technique or just interested in a fun night of food, wine, and socializing with fellow travelers, choose an experience that’s tailored to you.

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La Rioja Small Group Tour: Winery Visit, Wine Tasting and Traditional Lunch

La Rioja Small Group Tour: Winery Visit, Wine Tasting and Traditional Lunch

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Get to know the wines of La Rioja on a full-day small-group tour from San Sebastian. Skip the hassle of a rental car and admire the scenery while your guide does the driving. Visit a winery and stroll through the vineyards while learning about the local winemaking process. Relax over a traditional lunch complete with a wine tasting. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included for your convenience.
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  • 8 hours
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$286.27
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Small-Group Electric Bike Tour in San Sebastián

Small-Group Electric Bike Tour in San Sebastián

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Experience San Sebastian’s highlights and lesser-known delights on this small-group electric bike tour. Hop on an easy-to-ride bike and see more than you ever could on a walking tour as you travel along the city's large network of bike lanes. Discover La Concha, the Boulevard, and Monte Igueldo for bird’s-eye views, and explore often-overlooked districts such as the university and sports quarter. Ideal for first-time and short-on-time visitors, with a choice of departures.
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  • 3 hours
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$57.25
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Private Rioja wine tasting tour with local lunch

Private Rioja wine tasting tour with local lunch

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Taste your way through Spain’s most celebrated wine region on a completely private tour of La Rioja from San Sebastian. Sample bold red blends at two different wine cellars, including some of the oldest underground wine caves in the area, and see the famous winery designed by architect Frank Gehry. State your appetite and venture off the tourist track with lunch at an authentic Basque restaurant, and explore the charming medieval streets of Laguardia village on this mouthwatering, personalized experience.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$351.88
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San Sebastian Walking Tour with Pintxo and a Drink

San Sebastian Walking Tour with Pintxo and a Drink

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Stroll through the historic Old Town of San Sebastian with a guide on this walking tour. Through a guide's commentary, learn about the city's people, culture, architecture, and history. With a small group of just 15 people or fewer, travelers will enjoy personalized attention and the chance to ask questions on the tour, which will stop at a local bar for a round of pintxos (tapas) and a drink.
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  • 2 hours
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$41.75
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Txakoli winery small group tour with tasting in Getaria and Zarautz

Txakoli winery small group tour with tasting in Getaria and Zarautz

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'Txakoli' is a lightly sparkling white wine predominantly from the Basque region: its green bottles dominate San Sebastian’s bars. This half-day tour lifts the lid on its secrets at two 'txakoli'-producing coastal towns: Getaria and Zarautz. Tour both towns, and visit a Getaria 'txakolindegi' (winery) to see and learn about its vineyards and taste its wines alongside local delicacies. Upgrade for a private tour, with just you and your guide.
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  • 4 hours
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San Sebastian City Bicycle Tour

San Sebastian City Bicycle Tour

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Visit the highlights of San Sebastian in a short amount of time on this guided bike tour. Cruise around the easy-to-bike city with a guide, stopping at more than 10 hotspots, including three beaches. This tour departs from a centrally located location at two convenient times, making it an easy to incorporate it into your day.
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Donostia - San Sebastián Hop On - Hop Off Sightseeing Tour

Donostia - San Sebastián Hop On - Hop Off Sightseeing Tour

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Enhance your sightseeing in San Sebastián with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Travel with ease between Playa de la Concha beach, Miramar Palace and other top attractions, and hop on and off at any of the city-wide stops. Alternatively, choose to stay on for the full loop and listen to the audio commentary to find out more about the Basque city.
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Rioja Wine Tasting Tour from San Sebastian

Rioja Wine Tasting Tour from San Sebastian

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Maximize time in the Basque Country with a private full-day tour of the wine region La Rioja from San Sebastian. See the bold architecture of wineries designed by Frank Gehry and Santiago Calatrava, stroll through vineyards, and taste a variety of wines alongside traditional Riojan tapas.
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  • 9 hours
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$382.08
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San Sebastian and Biarritz Private Day Tour

San Sebastian and Biarritz Private Day Tour

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Discover the two gems of the Basque coast on a private, full-day tour of San Sebastian and Biarritz. With a private guide leading the way, see why these seaside escapes have drawn celebrities, artists, and royals to their sun-soaked beaches and charming street cafés. Explore the medieval Old Town of San Sebastian, celebrated as Spain’s culinary capital, and then venture across the border into France and beautiful Biarritz on a customized itinerary designed to suit your group’s interests.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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I and D Cooking Class

I and D Cooking Class

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What better place to learn to prepare ‘pintxos’ (small bites) than in San Sebastian, unanimously hailed as Spain’s culinary capital. During this 4-hour cooking class, you’ll master the techniques begins pintxos, bite-sized tapas-style morsels packed with Spanish flavor and flair. Then, once you’ve finished cooking, sit down to enjoy your creations alongside wine. Small-group experience limited to 10 people.
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  • 5 hours
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