Here are my top recommendations to make the most out of your stay in San Sebastian. Don‘t forget to scroll down to the bottom of the page to learn more about the traditional pintxos, a gastronomic delicacy said to be haute cuisine in miniature.
5. Go surfing
To be honest, I am not a good surfer, but if you want to experience and understand the groove of San Sebastian you need to rent a board and dive into the local beach breaks. If you are a good surfer you already know what to do and if you are a beginner I recommend you to go to the Zurriola beach where you can go to the surf rental and school located directly on the sand where the cost for 1.5 hours for a board and a wetsuit is just €20. The streets close to the beach are also home to numerous surf schools that rent wetsuits, boards and offer individual or group lessons as well.
4. Watch a pelota game
This traditional Basque sport relates to the character of the Basques; after all they are considered to be very independent, free-thinking and hardheaded and watching a game of pelota might give you an idea why there is this prejudice. Played in a special place called frontón, the players hit and ultrahard ball against a stone wall in the same fashion you would do in a squash match but without the racket. You can catch a profesional game at the Frontón Municipal Atano III (Paseo de Anoeta 6, 20014 Donostia +34 943 481 853) or you can give it a try yourself at the one located behind The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Chorus (Calle de Nuestra Señora del Coro, 25-37, 20003 Donostia) in the Old Town.
3. Go for a run
This may sound a bit weird but we felt that San Sebastian can be discovered by running; so we ran along the Zurriola beach promenade, pass the modern Kursaal Congress Centre and then ran up the steep climb to La Mota Castle. The view from here is a must see. When you arrive to the summit, make sure you visit the small museum inside the castle. It is free of charge and only takes a few minutes but provides very interesting insights off the medival history of San Sebastian. You can then run around the castle and go back to your starting point on the beach promenade. Another scenic route is the one leading to Monte Igueldo, from where you get the most recognisable sight in San Sebastian; the breathtaking La Concha beach, as seen on the above photograph.