Make a holiday apartment in Donostia - San Sebastían your home away from home
HomeAway has a big choice of apartments and villas in Donostia- San Sebastían-Center, and can help you find the holiday rental that’s perfect for you. Set on the Bay of Biscay, next to the Atlantic, San Sebastían has been the summer retreat of choice for generations of wealthy and aristocratic Spaniards. The beaches are perfect, and there’s a first-class collection of restaurants and tapas bars. Donostia – San Sebastían – Center apartments tend to be modern, and sleekly designed, fitted with contemporary kitchens and bathrooms. To help you in your accommodation hunt you can pick the guest facilities you need, wi-fi is a convenience provided by many apartments in Donstia – San Sebastian – Center.
Things to do
-Culture. Museo de San Telmo is devoted to Basque history and art, displaying anything from prehistoric artefacts to the works of 20th Century artists like Zuloaga. The museum is housed in a monastery from the 1500. The 19th Century Miramar Palace sits on a rocky outcrop between the city’s two main beaches – although the building is closed to the public, the grounds are lovely in summer.
-Beaches. The beach, La Concha forms a long stretch of San Sebastían’s waterfront, and is rated as one of the best city beaches in Europe. In the warmer months it’s ideal, and served by sunbeds and parasols, as well as a variety of shops and eateries. La Zurriola is on other side of the Miramar Palace, and is known for its livelier surf, ideal for watersports.
-Cuisine. The Basque Country is renowned for the quality of its cuisine, and in San Sebastían you’ll be in one of Spain’s best culinary cities. Pintxos is a variation on tapas, and usually entails cod, stuffed pepper, potato tortilla, anchovies or a variety of cold meats on bread, held together with a toothpick. High calibre restaurants abound here, with a handful in the city having gained Michelin stars.
-Hiking. One walk many people take in San Sebastían is up to a statue of Christ, which stands atop the rocky hill separating the city’s beaches. It’s an undemanding climb, and you can enjoy scenic views of the city at the top. You could also head east on a trail linking the city with the village of Pasaia, which is perched next to a picturesque inlet, surrounded by wooded hills.
-Surfing. The coast in this region is fantastic for surfing, with a range of choices easily reached from the city. Directly on the waterfront is La Zurriola, where beginners will be able to sign up for lessons and hire all the gear you need. An easy drive west of the city is Zarautz, considered a top surfing beach, with a long sweep of sand and consistent rolling waves.
Weather in Donostia - San Sebastían - Center
Donostia - San Sebastían - Center holiday villas are in a part of Spain with an Oceanic Climate, which brings moderate and damp weather throughout the year. In summer there’s mild warmth from June to September, with daily highs reaching the low to mid-20s. July is both the warmest and driest month, with more than twice as many hours of sunshine as December. The other seasons of the year are generally mild and wet – January’s the coolest month, but even then temperatures creep into the teens during the day and frosts are very rare.
Travel to Donostia - San Sebastían - Center
San Sebastían has its own regional airport (EAS), just outside the city, with links to Madrid, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca. There’s a regular bus service connecting the airport to Plaza Gipuzkoa in the centre. People visiting San Sebastían from the UK could use Biarritz-Anglet-Bayoone Airport (BIQ), which is just across the border in France and a 40-minute drive on the A63 autoroute and then the AP-8 autopista. There are also train connections via the SNCF and Renfe, with one change at the border in Hendaye.