This Total Day Tour combines three of our most popular San Sebastian tours: Mysterious Urgull Hill, Grab Your Pintxo and Basque by Bike.
Starting in pretty Zuloaga Plaza in San Sebastian’s delightful Old Town, your expert local guide will lead you towards the beginning of an exhilarating walk up Monte Urgull, an impossibly picturesque hill overlooking the city.
As we ascend the hill you’ll see the batería del Gobernador, the English Cemetery, the charming old castle and the city’s history museum. The uphill portion of our walk ends at the foot of the Sacred Heart statue, rewarding you for your physical exertion with the best views over the city. Cameras at the ready!
As we go back own the hill, we’ll pop into the castle jail, we’ll pause at another stunning viewing point then we’ll stop at a battery of cannons, called Las Damas (meaning ‘ladies’ in Spanish). The name comes from the women of San Sebastian who used to visit the nearby water fountain and would stop to chat with the soldiers garrisoned there.
This is a great spot to stop for a bird’s eye view of the city, where your guide can show you some of the main, unmissable spots around the Concha Bay: The City Hall, Hotel Londres, the Concha, Ondarreta Bay and Igueldo Mountain. The importance of the pretty promenade railings of La Concha will also be explained.
You will definitely be thirsty by now! A much needed drink at one of our favourite bars in the city is up next, to help the history you have just learned to digest quickly!
Once we have satiated our thirst, it’s time to fill our bellies with some of our favourite pintxos! We’ll take a scenic wander through the Old Town and then on to the up and coming Gros neighbourhood, absorbing the atmosphere and learning everything you need to know about the food culture and history of the city. It’s imperative that you know the background of what you’re about to experience; for instance, do you know what a sagardotegi or sociedad gastronomica is? Not to worry, your local guide will enlighten you!
Once you’re a master of Basque culture, it’s only appropriate that we dive right in and immerse you in the culture of bars, socialising and pintxos! We’ll taste some of the most important flavours of Basque cuisine (including some dishes prepared by pintxo competition winners!), as well as local wines such as Rioja and the Basque’s favourite, cider. The pintxos we will present to you are the best reflection of modern Basque gastronomy: they preserve the heritage of tastes and flavours of Basque cuisine while the presentation will be like a modern piece of art (tasty, tasty art...).
After all that lovely food, it’s time to burn off some calories with a leisurely bike ride that will give you refreshingly different views of the city of San Sebastián.
We’ll follow the bidegorri (bike path) along some of the most expensive properties of Spain facing La Concha and Ondarreta beaches and we will check out the waves and surfing culture over at Zurriola beach.
At some point, we’ll learn about the most expensive hotel in the city and look for some Hollywood stars who often stay there.
From here, we’ll ride to the end of the bay, where nature meets civilisation. You’ll discover some Basque modern art before veering through one of the city’s oldest, most authentic neighbourhoods and toward a “secret passage” that connects two parts of the city.
You’ll ride through districts that show the many faces of San Sebastian, from the workers’ city to the aristocratic belle époque of the past as you follow the Urumea River back to the city centre, passing villas and bourgeois palaces. You’ll also discover one of the city’s most important buildings — Kursaal, a building that’s linked with a kind of dark past.
As your cycle tour continues, you’ll get to enjoy the wild of the ocean and admire some brave surfers along Zurriola Beach, in the beautiful Gros district.
Your San Sebastian Total Day Tour ends here, which is great if you’re feeling peckish again or you just fancy a glass of wine after a busy day of sightseeing! Before you go, don’t forget to ask your local guide for more tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay in the city.
Please note: As this is a combination of our three most popular tours, you may not have the same guide for the entire day but rest assured, whether you have one guide or three, all of us are passionate about our incredible city and we can’t wait to show you all that it has to offer!
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, one drink in the morning, six pintxos and three drinks during lunch, bike and helmet rental in the afternoon.
Exclusions: Additional food and drink, souvenirs, tips/gratuities for your guide, bus tickets if needed.
Dress standard: Please wear comfortable walking shoes, no high heels or flip flops. We would recommend that you bring a rain jacket or umbrella if it rains.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: During this tour there is a steep climb up to the hill of Urgull. The total gain of altitude is 123 m. The hiking portion of the tour is not recommended for those suffering from heart problems or high blood pressure and should be avoided by those with hip or knee replacements or anyone who is afraid of heights. Please contact us if you have any concerns regarding the physical requirements of the tour; private tours are available for those looking for a slower pace.
Closure of sites: If the museum on the top of the Urgull hill is open we will wander in for a visit. If it is closed, we will continue the tour without entering.
Child Policy: Travellers under 16 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.