A magnificent city bathed by sparkling Atlantic waters that are delightful for sailing in summer, San Sebastián is a wonderful destination in the heart of the Basque Country. Unspoilt by tourism, the city offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors as a family with a myriad of hiking and cycling trails, and a great selection of adventure sports for the most daring travellers. Those who prefer to enjoy a bit of old European decadence will not be disappointed, as San Sebastián hosts a glamorous film festival and is home to a magnificent old town bursting with fabulous eateries amid elegant buildings. San Sebastián offers many lively fiestas throughout the year, all of which are family-friendly, from the Tamborrada (drum festival) in January to the Aste Nagusia fête in August, where you can sample some excellent Basque cuisine.
Renting holiday accommodation in San Sebastián
With San Sebastián being rather far off the tourist trail, your best bet is to rent holiday accommodation. A holiday apartment will give you the freedom to plan your visit the way you want it and the luxury of having your own space. San Sebastián’s welcoming local community will be delighted to learn that you’ve chosen their stunning city for your holiday and you will have the best excuse to chat with your neighbour who will tell you where to find the most exquisite pintxos bars in town. A hotel is not such an attractive option when you can enjoy your very own holiday apartment in which you can put your feet up after a long day out and about swimming in La Concha beach, exploring enchanting architecture and discovering secluded mountain valleys.
Where to stay in San Sebastián
San Sebastián is so beautiful that we understand if you don’t want to share it with other travellers in noisy hotels. Whether you prefer to book a lavish apartment in central San Sebastián or a holiday house with spectacular views over the coastline, HouseTrip offers a wide selection of self-catering accommodation that is perfect for your family holiday and will allow you to enjoy all the comfort of having your own home away from home. After a long day exploring San Sebastián’s unmatched restaurants, some wonderful walking trails or traditional folk festivals, there is nothing like revelling in the luxury of putting your feet up in your own lounge with a chilled glass of txakoli (locally produced Basque wine) after enjoying a home-cooked meal with fresh traditional ingredients that you hand-picked at the market.
San Sebastián with the family
The city of San Sebastián and its surrounding region are ideal to enjoy with the kids. There are plenty of activities to explore as a family, such as the Aquarium or Monte Igueldo’s amusement park. Being so close to the French Basque Country, you will be unable to resist a day trip to enchanting Saint-Jean-de-Luz, a quaint neighbouring town only minutes away from San Sebastián. An expensive hotel could never compare to the freedom of enjoying an idyllic break with your loved ones in such an authentic way.