Area & Activities

Rising majestically above the vivacious historic city center of San Sebastian, Hotel Maria Cristina is supremely surrounded by promenades and gardens. This landmark building is situated between the white sand beaches and colorful buildings of La Concha and La Zurriola; our reception desk can provide beach towels. Adjacent to the hotel are the Urumea River and Victoria Eugenia Theatre. Just opposite—on the other side of the river—is the Kursaal Congressional Palace. Three surrounding hills, Mount Urgull, the Castillo de la Mota, and the Mount Igueldo, delineate the city limits.

As the capital of Gipuzkoa, San Sebastian is a city where visitors co-exist seamlessly with the approximately 180,000 locals who frequent the city’s esteemed restaurants, world-class casino, and Zubieta Race Track. The vast selection of cultural activities includes year-round options San Telmo Museum, Balenciaga Museum and the Aquarium. Annual head-line events are the International Film Festival, Musical Fortnight, and Jazz Festival. The Fantasy and Horror Film Festival and Theatre Festival are exciting options for the adventurous. Gipuzkoa is also a recent discovery of the golf world. The winding Cantabric coast lined with small fishing villages, beaches, cliffs, and rocky coves presents a contrasting landscape perfect for the picturesque sport.

As a result of an astonishing 16 Michelin stars bestowed upon San Sebastian restaurants, culinary aficionados congregate here to sample distinctive Basque cuisine.

Our Concierge recommends the following as distinct local spots and activities:

El Peine de los Vientos: An incomparable stop at the foot of Mount Igeldo.

Walking Around: A simple stroll around San Sebastian, referred to as the pearl of the Cantabric Sea, is unforgettable.

The Old Quarter: The perfect place for authentic shopping, this area is also home to the best bars, which serve the city’s famous Pintxos, small portions of food particular to Basque Country.

Surrounding Area: The nearby towns of Getaria, Pasajes San Juan, and Fuenterrabia are exceptional cultural excursions, as are the French towns San Juan De Luz, Biarritz, and Hendaya.

Beach Front


Exquisite culinary offerings are idiosyncratic to the city of San Sebastian. High quality of its gastronomy is recognised and applauded at an international level and has accumulated as many as 16 Michelin stars, the highest number obtained by one city per metre squared than any other place in the world.

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Mount Igueldo


San Sebastian is surrounded by mountains that embrace and protect the city, giving it a beautiful and picturesque appearance.

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Family and children's activities

3.2 km


Phone: +34 653 01 11 50

Mitologik is an escape room activity or escape game based on the history of Basque mythology where logic, adventure, culture, innovation and fun are mixed.

1.9 km

Eureka! Zientzia Museoa

Phone: +34 943 01 24 78

The Museum of Science is an interactive one where both children and adults can learn new things about science by interacting with the many devices and objects available in its different rooms.

Fee: 10.00 EUR

0.1 km


Phone: +34 943 44 00 99

Maritime and marine heritage of Gipuzkoa. Particularly interesting is the skeleton of a northern right whale, tanks dedicated to the Bay of Biscay, with more than 200 species, not forgetting the famous 360º tunnel and a variety of tropical species.

Fee: 13.00 EUR

4 km

Parque Aiete

Phone: +34 943 48 10 00

Relax and enjoy the fresh air out of the downtown area and visit this beautiful park with a lake and green gardens.

Beach Front

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Ranging from antique dealers, bookstores, and jewelry shops to perfumeries, confectioner’s shops, and international designer boutiques, San Sebastian offers diverse and plentiful commerce.

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The architecture of San Sebastian reflects its rich history as a city. Each building represents a period with co-existent classic constructions demonstrating works of the French court, along with Belle-Epoque style avant-garde buildings.
Night walk at Paseo de la Concha


San Sebastian is a work of art outdoors, which allows visitors to enjoy the beauty of its landscapes and their unique works.

Local attractions


0.2 km from hotel


2.1 km from hotel

Water Sports

0.5 km from hotel

Bodegas Marqués de Murrieta

29.7 km from hotel

Bodegas Muga

25 km from hotel

Spa nearby

0.4 km from hotel

La Perla is the most complete health, relaxation and beauty centre in the city. A comprehensive and multidisciplinary wellness center in unique facilities. Its magnificent location gives you direct access to the beach.

Appointment is required

Phone:+34 943 45 88 56

Services, treatments and amenities

  • Body scrub
  • Eye Treatments
  • Facials
  • Fitness classes available
  • Massages
  • Men's services
  • Spa restaurant
  • Steam room
  • Therapy baths

Swimming nearby

0.1 km

San Sebastian Beach

More activities

Biking trail (0.1 km) Fly-fishing (2 km) Hiking (1.9 km) Horseback riding (4.5 km) Jogging/fitness trail (0.1 km) Mountain biking, trail (1.9 km) Miniature golf (6.8 km) Sauna (1.9 km) Solarium (0.3 km) Squash (5.7 km) Volleyball (0.7 km) Nature preserve, trail (18 km) Rock climbing (8 km) Table tennis (0.7 km)
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