The San Sebastian Airport (EAS), also known as the Donostia Airport, is the most convenient port to fly into for anyone looking to stay in San Sebastian, as this aviation facility is only 20km from the central part of town. This airport is not that large, but you can find unlimited free WiFi, there is a cafeteria, a VIP lounge, and an ATM.
You can take several bus routes into town or hail a taxi just outside the terminal building.
You can book flights with airlines like Iberia, Qatar Airways, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Swiss Air, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and Air France.
Why visit San Sebastian?
Situated on the coast, looking out to the Bay of Biscay, San Sebastian is one of Spain’s most beautiful cities, and a celebrated attraction along the country’s Atlantic coast. Surrounded by forest-covered hills, boasting long golden shorelines, and a beautiful Old Town, you won’t find anything to be disappointed in when you visit San Sebastian. Enjoy the singular charm of Basque Country, one of Spain’s most fascinating regions.
Things to do in San Sebastian
While Bilbao may be the largest city in the region, San Sebastian is undoubtedly the most chic. A resort town first and foremost, visitors to this city will find themselves indulging in all the leisure that San Sebastian affords.
Tour the Old Town, where ochre and rust coloured buildings cluster close together to create narrow cobbled pathways. You can find popular pinxto eateries here (where you can enjoy light savoury snacks local to the area), as well as the popular fish market, and the incredible Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro, a shining example of ornate Baroque architecture.
In fact, the Basilica sits at the base of Monte Urgull, which you must spend a little time investigating. On the top of this hill, you will find the Castillo de la Mota, an impressive medieval fortress, and you’ll find the walk up as breathtaking as the fantastic view from the top.
However, one of the main reasons visitors spend time in this town is its reputation for a beach destination, and there are plenty to choose from here. For pretty surrounds and great access, go to the Bay of Concha. This beach offers lots of restaurants and bars, and has calm and gentle waters. For surfers, try the Playa de la Zurriola, which also has lots of options in the way of beach sports. For seclusion and beauty, book a day trip to the gorgeous Isla de Santa Clara.
Best time to visit San Sebastian
· It is hard to beat the summer in San Sebastian, the weather is glorious, with days reaching 25°C regularly, and the city alive with people making the most of the beaches.
· Autumns and springs are the next best bet, with highs between 15-20°C, with autumn generally being the warmer of the two. You’ll also find that on average the hotel prices are much less expensive in these shoulder seasons.
· Winters are great if you are on a budget, but not so good if you want to have a beach holiday. Expect the days to sit around 8°C.
Arriving in San Sebastian by plane
· Because San Sebastian is a smaller airport than most, you will be directed through an international hub, and a major Spanish city. Expect layovers to be in places like Dubai (DXB), Singapore (SIN), and Madrid (MAD).
· Euro (EUR).
· If you hold an Australian passport, you will be allowed to enter Spain without a visa and remain for 90 days. If you haven’t already, you should go to the Smart Traveller page on Spain, to double check that there are no changes to these conditions before you fly.
Please note that information is correct as of December 2016
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