Royals, Stars, and Surfers


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Royals, Stars, and Surfers

Highlights / General details
Listen to tales about the events that have shaped San Sebastián over the past 200 years, from fortified village to modern-day resort town; Find out why aristocrats used to flock to this corner of Spain, and why surfers today still love it; See San Sebastián’s most iconic sites, including the stunning Old Town and beautiful La Concha Bay; Get an overview of the best things to see and do in the city during your stay; Enjoy some of the best views of San Sebastián, from lookout spots recommended by locals.

Local English-speaking guide.

Hotel pick-up and drop-off; Food and beverages; Souvenirs and items of a personal nature; Gratuities for your local guide.

Hours of operation
Available daily departing at 5:00pm; Available Tuesday - Sunday from January to December 2019 departing at 5:00pm.

Approximately 2 hours.

Tour departs from Under the arches of the gate near the Kaimingaintxo Plaza at the Marina. The gate is located at the junction of Mollaerdia, Puertu and Mari streets.

Get a taste of San Sebastián’s past, present, and future on a walking tour that will show you the city’s many faces. Explore the areas that have helped to shape the evolution of the city and learn why this destination has always been a favorite spot for socialites and surf seekers alike.
Your walking tour will start at Portaletas, one of the most characteristic (and okay, we’ll admit it, one of our favorite) places in San Sebastián, located at the crossroads of the old town and fishing district. A visit here is your 101 lesson to understanding San Sebastián’s past and present, and its transformation from fishing port to summer resort.
We’ll head from the port and through the battlefield of Monte Urgull before moving to the modern part of the city, where glamour and new world architecture meet. We’ll explore along the Urumea River and visit the Gros district, crossing a bridge that’s got some stories to tell: from the European aristocracy who crossed it to visit the casino, to the Hollywood stars that crossed it on their way to movie festivals, to modern-day vacationers heading to the shore to admire intrepid surfers.
Your San Sebastián tour will next lead you to the residential ensanche, the city expansion that was built when the old city walls where demolished, and that is today a fascinating commercial area for fashionistas and those who want to understand everyday life in a Basque city. You’ll see the cathedral before heading to La Concha Bay, a favorite spot for European summer vacations, and a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation.
And for a total now-and-then experience, you’ll see firsthand how San Sebastián has changed via old photographs compared with real-life tour stops (and with the help of some modern tablet technology). Want to recreate your own aristocrat or Hollywood socialite pose? We’ll help you with Instagram-worthy stops where you can mirror old views today — and we’ll even send you home with your own digital copies of retro photographs.

Additional Information
Dress standard, Comfortable shoes and clothes.

Participant restrictions
Children younger than 6 are permitted, but please make sure you inform our guides of this before you take the tour.

Cancellation: 2 days prior 100% penalty. No show 100% penalty.
Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.

**All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**

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