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Days 4-5
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San Sebastián is a sophisticated city arched around one of the finest urban beaches in the world. The best way to take in the city is to walk along the promenade and into the hills. Stroll along the Old Quarter and make sure to sample San Sebastián's famed tapas restaurants.
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  • One of the best ways to admire all the Belle Epoque buildings is to walk along the promenade or pick up a path leading to the hills for an aerial view.
  • The Kursaal is San Sebastián's modernist performance center. Films and concerts take place here.
  • San Sebastián is famed for its tapas restaurants and award-winning chefs. Most are clustered in the Old Quarter.


  • The September Film Festival coincides with a whaleboat regatta.

Side Trips

  • The Pasajes de San Juan, 6 mi/10 km east of San Sebastián, is home to a colorful cluster of 18th- and 19th-century seaside buildings.

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