Parte Vieja
Parte Vieja
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  • mizrenz
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    San Sebastian!!
    Hotel de Londres, the old town, Pinxos bar crawl, and beautiful wine from La Rioja made this trip one of our best ever. The food in San Sebastian is truely special! A fianl day hike up Mt Urgull put the beauty of La Concha Bay one I will never forget.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 22, 2023
  • Wine & Roads
    209 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    San Sebastián by Wine & Roads
    San Sebastian, also known as Donostia in Basque, is located on the northern coast of Spain, in the Basque Country region. It is famous for its beautiful La Concha beach, considered one of the best urban beaches in Europe. The city is full of historical charm with elegant Belle Époque buildings, as well as delicious gastronomy, and, of course, events such as the San Sebastian International Film Festival attract visitors from all over the world.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 4, 2023
  • bniniss
    Burlingame, California4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely town to spend a few days exploring.
    Beautiful city. The funicular is a must for spectacular views. Enjoyed stay at Room Mate Gorka. Good location for walking to old town ( good food!) Plenty of shopping.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 10, 2024
  • Zitatravel
    London, United Kingdom831 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old town square ( use to be the old bull fighting area) great for a coffee or drink.
    Used to be the old bull fighting arena you can still see the numbers on the balconies for the viewing boxes. Now it contains numerous bars to meet up and have a drink and enjoy the sun. If you wander around the old town you will come across this square and like us will decide to stop and enjoy a coffee or drink and people watch .
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 29, 2024
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Isabel100
England, UK2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
I was really excited about my trip to San Sebastián.

The food and sights were amazing, but the trip was entirely spoilt. I was absolutely APALLED by the unfriendly, utterly rude, unwilling & impatient people of this basque region. We had multiple experiences within the first couple of days of our weekend (as respectable and polite tourists) we were met by poor service, waiters who were put out / annoyed by merely asking for another drink & simply uninterested & perturbed by our presence, even though we just sat there quietly enjoying the scenery. Receptionists who were unhelpful & dismissed any questions we had by responding with “I don’t know, look it up on the internet”. We had arrived late & asked after water/any snacks that may have been available & met with a snort & a “no, nowhere is open”. A group of women of 50 years old who barged in front of us in the Old Town taxi rank telling us to “move out the way” calling us “extranjeras” and “we were waiting first you b*tch
Written July 29, 2022
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GBD
Sydney, Australia183 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The Parte Vieja is the heart of old San Sebastián with its narrow streets, ancient churches that survived the British burning the town down during the 1815 war when the French occupied the city. The area is a maze of great resturants and bars with servings of pintox and tapas. Worth a visit a and walking tour during the day and eating in the evening.
Unfortunately at night the British Invasion, rape and pillage continues with extremely noisy and aggressive drinkers until 3am. No wonder there is graffiti by the locals saying "tourist go home".
So certainly visit the area but if you are more than 25 year old stay elsewhere in this beautiful city.
Written May 16, 2024
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Jamie M
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Undeniably delicious food and drinks. The problem is the locals, waiters and restaurant owners are so outwardly hostile towards tourists that it makes you not want to go anywhere. We spoke with a few Saint Sebastian inhabitants who said the city folk are “over tourists”, which is evident in the dismissive and rude way you get treated, despite our best efforts to be courteous and respectful. It put me off for life.
Written July 15, 2023
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK5,219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Arguably, the old town of San Sebastián with its profusion of pintxos bars and restaurants is the main draw for many tourists. There is no doubt that a wander through the maze of narrow streets is one of life’s pleasures and if you enjoy tasty snacks, then the pintxos here are as good as it gets.

It’s important to note however that the style of bars ranges considerably from the large ones with food covering every inch of bar space, to small local-style bars. As the main bars can get very busy with tourists we much prefer the smaller, quieter bars.
Written June 13, 2022
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Zitatravel
London, UK831 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Used to be the old bull fighting arena you can still see the numbers on the balconies for the viewing boxes. Now it contains numerous bars to meet up and have a drink and enjoy the sun. If you wander around the old town you will come across this square and like us will decide to stop and enjoy a coffee or drink and people watch .
Written May 29, 2024
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,676 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Friends
The Old Town of San Sebastian is very beautiful, buildings are well maintained and it is very clean. I saw how they clean the streets with machines in the morning. On a Saturday night very full and alive. On a Sunday morning, very calm. This city is great and worth visiting.
Written July 13, 2021
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bniniss
Burlingame, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Beautiful city. The funicular is a must for spectacular views.
Enjoyed stay at Room Mate Gorka. Good location for walking to old town ( good food!)
Plenty of shopping.
Written May 10, 2024
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR5,034 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
My wife and I went on a day trip to San Sebastián during our visit to Bilbao last summer. Our guide took us to the Parte Vieja neighborhood. It had numerous pinxto bars and the Konstituzio Plaza, which years ago was used for bullfights. It was a very vibrant area.
Written May 20, 2023
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elsitabonita
IOM2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
you can't go to San Sebastian without spending at least one night out in the parte vieja! packed to the with little bars filled with basque and tourists alike these maze like streets have an atmosphere you just cannot beat! with people from all backgrounds!!!
Written April 21, 2008
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LondonTraveller848
London, UK1,242 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
A beautiful old town, lovely scenery on the ocean, great architecture and lots of bars and restaurants.

What to do:

1. Walk around the old city to enjoy the streets and beautiful buildings and trees.

2. Churches: Santa Maria is a must (and cannot be ignored with its striking facade), San Vicente is pretty.

3. Walk around the “tongue” of the old city to see the beaches and ocean, it is a beautiful walk in the fresh air with a good view of San Sebastian.

4. Castle – old castle with a big Jesus statue overlooking the old city. We were told that there are currently no buses there and the walk is long and steep up the mountain, so we had to pass due to health issues.

5. PINXTOS – tapas in plain English, and what they are referred to in Basque Country. DO NOT bother booking a “guided tour” or doing a “Passport” it is too expensive– the Pinxtos (tapas) are extremely cheap and all you need to do is roam from one bar to the other, let your eyes do the work and determine where to stop and what to have. A glass of wine is not more than €2 (and they were all great quality), and the dishes of Pinxtos are from €2 onwards.

We got fed up with the normal Pinxtos with bread (which made us feel bloated) and started asking for hot Pinxtos. Some places have a menu in English, most do not. Eat with your eyes is the answer.

We ate at some nice bars but everywhere we stopped was nice food and friendly staff so don’t worry about recommendations – just go and try it out. A meal would cost us maximum of €20 for 2 including the wine and mineral water – this is stopping at several bars and trying a couple of Pinxtos at a time.

One can eat Pinxtos for breakfast lunch and dinner in San Sebastian.

Weather – we were lucky that it did not rain during the day, but the weather in North Spain we were told by the locals is like UK – rainy and chilly even in July and August. So take something warm and a brolly/hat.

How long: one long weekend (2 – 3 nights) will be sufficient to cover S. Sebastian and the dining experience it is known for.
Written July 16, 2014
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