Quick Guide to San Sebastian

Boasting some of the best beaches for a city in Europe, a holiday in San Sebastian is perfect for sun worshippers. This Spanish town offers great surfing opportunities – the waves at La Zurriola are ideal for water sports. If water isn't your thing, pack your walking boots and take advantage of the hiking on offer. Take a leisurely stroll up to the statue of Christ located at the top of the mountain – stop off at the bar on the way for some much-needed refreshments. Finally shopaholics will be in heaven thanks to the sheer amount of high-end shops in San Sebastian.

You won't be able to purchase any direct flights into San Sebastian. The small San Sebastian airport is located around 20 kilometres from the centre of town. If you don't want to stopover for a few hours you can also fly into the Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne International Airport. Although it is situated next door in France, it has a good train and bus access to San Sebastian - Ryanair currently offers direct flights from Manchester, London Gatwick and London Stansted. Furthermore you can fly into Bilbao Airport via easyJet – there's a bus that will take you straight to San Sebastian.

You'll only be able to pick up a taxi from designated taxi ranks. Alternatively you can phone for one if you're out for the day – it's worth asking your hotel for a number of a reputable company. There's also the option of using local transport to travel around during your holiday in San Sebastian – keep an eye out for the D-Bus.

It's best to book your accommodation as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment of not finding cheap hotels in San Sebastian. It's also wise to make sure you undertake plenty of research so you'll find the hotel best suited to your needs – you don't have to settle for second best. Accommodation situated near to the fantastic beaches will have steep prices so try to stay further out if you're on a budget.

If you're planning on doing lots of travelling by public transport during your stay in San Sebastian it may be worth investing in a tourist card. They are valid for up to ten days and you can purchase them from some newsagents. Although you'll have to pay a fee upfront, the card allows you to get discounted fares – you simply touch the card onto the electronic card reader when you hop on to the bus.

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