An Evening in San Sebastian, Spain, On and off the Camino del Norte

August 18, 2014 — 2 Comments

Planning one evening in San Sebastian can be a little difficult if you haven’t visited before. Do you stroll through the historic city or walk along its magnificent three kilometers of beaches. I must admit that Zurriola Beach, Playa de la Concha, and Playa de Ondarreta sure looked enticing when I viewed over the city earlier that afternoon. But I also wanted to walk along the historic city streets and visit the cathedral! Well, I tried to do it all including going out for dinner, which resulted in a very long first day on the Camino del Norte, and, for a few minutes, being locked out of my alberque.

I left my last post, On and off the Camino del Norte in San Sebastian, Spain, here, at Playa de Ondarreta facing Monte Igueldo. Now lets continue an evening walk in San Sebastian, Euskadi / Basque Country.

Zurriola Beach San Sebastian Spain


I stopped for a moment to watch one of the performers along the promenade.

San Sebastian Spain Beach promenade singer


Let’s backtrack along Playa de la Concha to the street, Mirakontxa Pasealekua, which takes us to the San Sebastian Cathedral, Catedral del Buen Pastor de San Sebastián. 

San Sebastian Spain Cathedral buen pastor


The San Sebastian Cathedral is certainly not old by European standards. The exterior was completed in 1899 and the interior continued to be built, and then renovated, well into the 20th Century. The church was not named a cathedral until 1953 and is dedicated to the Good Shepard.

San Sebastian Cathedral buen pastor Camino


The cathedral’s exterior was designed by Manuel de Echave and the bell tower was based upon the spires of the Cologne Cathedral.

San Sebastian basque spain Cathedral buen pastor



Spain San Sebastian Cathedral buen pastor


Although not as grand as some of the cathedrals along the Camino Francés, I really liked the detail of the front façade and around the main entrance. Sadly, the door was locked in the late evening.

San Sebastian Cathedral buen pastor Basque Country


I backtracked some more, this time along the Camino through a busy promenade with many shops and businesses.

San Sebastian Camino Camino del Norte


This grandstand would be bustling during the day but was quiet during the late evening.

San Sebastian Spain Alderdi-Eder Park


With the sun setting, a couple of views facing Zurriola Beach and the mountain I had walked along and descended earlier in the day.

San Sebastian basque country sunset
sunset San Sebastian spain


The Kursaal Congress Centre and Auditorium is the cultural focal point of San Sebastian. The building was completed in 1999 and sits where a 20th Century palace once stood. The largest building houses an 1,800 seat concert hall with additional meeting rooms and convention space. The Kursaal Congress Centre and Auditorium is also home to the San Sebastián International Film Festival. The winner of best film receives the Golden Shell.

San Sebastian Spain Kursaal Congress Centre


Puente del Kursaal over the Río Urumea and some of the buildings occupying this district. Let’s take a closer look…

San Sebastian Spain Puente del Kursaal río Urumea


San Sebastian Spain río Urumea


The City Hall, Ayuntamiento de San Sebastián was the former Gran Casino. It was built in 1887 and operated as a casino until gambling was prohibited in 1924. It has been a city hall since 1945. Alderdi-Eder Gardens and park occupy the area in the front of the Ayuntamiento and make up a vibrant area of San Sebastián.

San Sebastian Spain Alderdi-Eder Park Ayuntamiento


Even with much of the skies covered in cloud, the setting sun off the West side of the Hill of Urgull provided some amazing colours.

Sunset boats San Sebastian Euskadi Spain urgull



San Sebastian boats sunset


La Perla Restaurant on Playa de la Concha.

San Sebastian Playa de la Concha sunset


As I made my way back to the alberque —okay, I was running at times—this is Bahía de la Concha and Monte Igueldo.

sunset Monte Igueldo San Sebastian spain


A little earlier: the setting sun from San Sebastian.

San Sebastian Spain sunset

Well, I covered a few kilometers on this evening post and as I mentioned, was actually running at times to get to the alberque before the 10 PM locking of the doors. Surely, there would be a few minutes grace. Well, there wasn’t. I arrived six minutes after the hour to locked doors. It took a few loud bangs on the door before someone opened it, much to my relief. Lesson learned about staying out “late.” I had started the day in the rain early at Irún and finished in the dark. That was a long first day! I hope you enjoyed this post. On my next post, On the Camino Del Norte in Spain, San Sebastián to Munioetazar, I left San Sebastian a little late facing a tiring climb to start the day. The climb would be rewarded as there would be numerous views of the sea and the beautiful Basque countryside. Please join me 🙂

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.


2 responses to An Evening in San Sebastian, Spain, On and off the Camino del Norte

  1. WOW! I’m in awe the architecture is majestic mon ami.I truly enjoyed this one,Kudos!

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