Travelling with kids
Unless clearly specified, most plans are for youngsters of all ages. We know that not all children enjoy the same types of activities, so we leave you with a variety of suggestions.
Of course, no need to mention the visit you shouldn’t miss to your favourite beach if you come to San Sebastian during the summer months.
Monte Igueldo – This is not just an amusement park, this place is a treasure. Even the scenic ride up on the old funicular is pleasurable. Children can ride slides and rides that overlook our beautiful bay. Both the funicular and the amusement park are open all year round, although during the winter months, the rides are closed weekdays. Spectacular views. More details, Monte Igueldo
Monte Urgull – Even if it is just for the walk and a little picnic, its vista will not disappoint anyone. There is the famous “Castillo de La Mota”, a library organising activities for children on weekends and during the summer months, the chapel at the top and the cemetery of English soldiers. For the especially energetic and adventurous, there are lots of paths and tree-trails to explore! Opening and closing times depend on sunset and sunrise. More details in Monte Urgull
Cristina Enea – This spacious park houses San Sebastian’s Environmental Resources Centre, among other leisure areas and walking paths. The Centre organises exhibitions, workshops and courses for educational purposes. It opens every day. More details at Cristina Enea
Bicycle rental – San Sebastian is the perfect locale if you and your family enjoy riding bikes. There are exclusive bicycle paths crossing the city from east to west and from south to north, and very few hills!!! There are also several rental places to be found around the city, for example the one situated on Avenida de la Zurriola, opposite the beach. For a detailed map of bicycle paths or walking suggestions get in contact with us and we'll send you all the information.
Catamarán Ciudad San Sebastián – Another way of enjoying the city for exclusive views of the city. The Catamaran leaves the harbour about 5-6 times a day and the trip lasts 40 minutes. Prices are between 4€ – 8€. Check times at the little kiosk located in the harbour. More details in Ciudad de San Sebastian
Skateboard park – Although up to now only three of these specific parks have been built in the city, you will be able to find youngsters using sakating as their preferred method of transportation. The most convenient park to the city centre is the one located at the back of the Anoeta Football Stadium (Bus 28 from the Boulevard).
Palacio de Aiete y Museo de la Paz – The grounds of this stately home can be clearly divided in two: one part around the house including a little pond, and the among huge old trees where you will find a cave to explore. There is also a children’s activity area near the house. Opening times may vary. More details at Palacio de Aiete and Casa de la Paz.
Parque de Araba – Located by the river, next to the Mundaiz Bridge. It is not as large as those mentioned above but big and entertaining enough if you have young children. At the same time, it is so close to the city centre, it serves as an escape for little ones tired of visiting shops and bars. More details in, Parque Araba.
Jardines de Alderdi-Eder – This, again, is the perfect park if you have very young children who may get tired and bored rather quickly. There are swings, slides, climbing- frames, and a beautiful and old-fashioned merry-go-round. Besides, it is next to La Concha Beach, so you can always go down to have a swim or build a sandcastle if it gets too crowded! More details in, Alderdi Eder.
There is always possibility of going to the cinema. The Trueba cinema (Secundino Esnaola, 2 – Gros) shows films in the original language. You may get lucky and find a movie you and your family fancy.
Aquarium – This is a real must in your visit to San Sebastian. Recently refurbished and extended, it is both a museum and a huge “fish tank” home for over 5,000 fish from all over the World. It is open all year round except Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and January 20th. Prices go from 6€ to 12€. Check opening times at Aquarium.
Science Museum and Planetarium – Another amazing place for the whole family. It offers an interactive permanent exhibition where there are all sorts of experiments for all ages, a roller coaster simulator and a planetarium. Weather permitting, you can also enjoy the open space and the adventure playground outside. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday, except in July and August when they open every day. Prices for the Museum and Planetarium are between 8€ and 10€. For more information, www.eurekamuseoa.es/en
Museo San Telmo – Although this is a “proper” museum and therefore can be a bit tedious for some very young children, San Telmo houses a very interesting collection of art, working tools and everyday utensils from the Basque society and history. They also organise workshops, cultural activities and temporary exhibitions. Open from Tuesday to Sunday. Prices between 3€ and 6€. More details in, San Telmo Museum
Casas de Cultura – There are several of them all around the city, one for each neighbourhood. You will find in them, complete with a library with books for all ages and in some foreign languages, computers which can be reserved and used, and videos/DVDs which can be watched there. Some of them also have separate areas for young children, bebeteca (0-5 years old), haurtxoko (6-12 years old) and for youngsters, gazteleku (13-17 years old). In these areas they may organise cultural and leisure activities, workshops and games. The closest to the city centre are: Ernest Lluch (Pº Anoeta, 7 – Amara), Okendo (Avda. Navarra, 7 – Gros) and Egia (Baztan, 21). They open Monday to Saturday. More details in, Donostia Kultura.
Txuri Urdin Ice-Rink – Located in the Amara area (Paseo de Anoeta, 24). It is a great place to spend a rainy afternoon. It opens every day, morning and afternoon, from September 1st to June 15th. Prices vary from 3€ on Mondays and Wednesdays to 8.15€ at weekends and bank holidays (admission only). It is possible to hire skates and helmets, and also buy gloves. There is a cafeteria from where one can watch the skaters. More details in, Txuri Urdin.
Sport Centres – There are several of them around the city and again are a very good option for rainy days. Most of them open early in the morning and close late in the evening. Some will have a swimming pool, a gym, climbing area, sauna and other sports facilities (tennis, pelota court, etc.). The closest to the city centre are: Zuhaizti (Plaza Zuhaizti, 1 – Gros), Manteo (Calle de Rodil, 8 – Gros), Pío Baroja (Paseo de Pío Baroja, 47 – Antiguo) and Benta Berri (Bertsolari Xalbador, 2 – Antiguo). More information in, Donostia Kirola.
La Perla Talaso – This wonderful spa and health centre is ideally situated in La Concha promenade, facing the bay. Although there is a body building and fitness area, as well as therapeutic and beauty massage rooms, the main space is occupied by a large sea water swimming area. In the swimming pools there are exercise machines and water jets for back, joints and muscle massage. There are hot and cold water contrast pools, saunas and relaxing areas too. It is open every day, except December 25th and January 1st, between 8am and 10pm. Minimum age for the pools is 6 years old. More details in, La Perla