Points of Interest
San Sebastián has a strategic location within the Bay of Biscay, situated on the southern part of the French coast and on the eastern part of the Cantabrian coast. Thanks to its proximity, visits by car are a very comfortable option to discover, in just a few kilometres, the most beautiful French border towns: Bayonne, Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz, the extraordinarily beautiful Basque towns near the border, such as Fuenterrabía, Pasaia, Hendaya and Errentería or the villages on the Basque coast such as Zarautz, Getaria, Zumaia, Mutriku and Lekeitio. Beautiful landscapes and centuries of history to enjoy.
Santa Clara Island
Santa Clara Island is an islet located in the centre of La Concha Bay, with a jetty and a small beach that is only visible at low tide. Connected during the summer season with the port of San Sebastián by a regular boat service every half hour, it offers showers and bar services. The only construction on the islet is an uninhabited lighthouse that stands on the summit, where "Hondalea" by the sculptor Cristina Iglesias will soon be open to visitors.
Peine del Viento (Wind Comb) XV
On one side of La Concha Bay, at the end of Ondarreta Beach, three large pieces of steel are battered by the force of the Cantabrian Sea. A magical place, where the sculptor from San Sebastián, Eduardo Chillida, created what is probably his best-known work and an icon of the city of San Sebastián. The fusion between the ferocity of the sea and the strength of the iron structures has elevated its nature as a contemporary work of art to a place to meet and relax for visitors to the city.
Between San Sebastián and Bilbao we will find 100km of coast where we will be able to enjoy incomparable landscapes and magical moments. On the Guipuzcoa side we will find beautiful beaches, such as Zarautz or Itzurun and fishing villages, such as Ondarroa or Getaria. On the other hand, on the Vizcaya side, we will find wild beaches, such as Laida or Laga, located in the Urdaibai biosphere reserve, or coastal towns full of history, such as Lekeitio and Bermeo.
SANCTUARY OF ARANZAZU
Located in Oñati, this sanctuary was originally built over 500 years ago in honour of the Virgin Mary, who supposedly appeared to a local shepherd in the 14th century. In the 1950s, an impressive new basilica was built on the cliff edge, and is one of the best examples of Basque avant-garde architecture. The entrance doors were designed by Eduardo Chillida, the sculptures of the apostles by Jorge Oteiza and the altar by Lucio Muñoz.
FRENCH BASQUE COAST
Former whaling ports, half-timbered houses, imposing cliffs and optimal waves for surfing - this is what we will find on this nearby stretch of coast, the most beautiful on the other side of the border. A route that starts in Hendaya and take us to Bayonne via the Basque Corniche just 12km from San Sebastián, where we will find wonderful towns such as Hendaye or Biarritz, where you can eat oysters accompanied by French champagne or follow the “Route du fromage”, starting in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, to taste the typical cheeses of the region.