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San Sebastián Aquarium
San Sebastián Aquarium

San Sebastián Aquarium

Daily 10am-7pm or 8pm (seasonal)
Piazza Carlos Blasco de Imaz, 1, San Sebastian, Spain

The Basics

Before moving on to the tanks, graze over the collection of extraordinarily detailed model ships, and learn about the city’s storied history of rowing competitions and whale hunting. Next up is an array of gorgeous seashells and sea animal skeletons such as a whale caught off the Atlantic coast in 1878.

Continue the nature theme by hiking the trail around Mount Urguil leading to scenic lookout points. Enjoy the museum as part of an independent tour during which you explore the city at your own pace. Independent tours often include accommodations, vouchers for shows, and admission to attractions such as the San Telmo Museum.

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City tour, by electric bicycle
City tour, by electric bicycle
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$54.35 per adult
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Great overview of the city by bike. The views from the top of the mountain were beautiful. If anyone is concerned about fitness, don't be - these bikes are surprisingly powerful! As the guide pointed out to me, within 10 minutes you can be up a mountain, on a beach and be in the centre of a city here. This trip lets you see all this and more!
Clemma_T, Jul 2020

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Aquarium San Sebastián is an ideal spot for nature lovers.
  • Admission is $15 for adults; $10 for seniors and students; $7 for children up to 12; and free for those under 6.
  • The attraction is wheelchair accessible.
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How to Get There

Aquarium San Sebastián is located on Piazza Carlos Blasco de Imaz in Old Town, on the east end of La Concha Bay. The best way to get around is on foot or by the city’s easy bike-sharing service. Also, taxis are cheap, and the public D-Bus services all the main points of interest in the city. If you're driving, two car parks are nearby.

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When to Get There

The aquarium is open daily; hours may change depending on the season. City festivities take place throughout the year: Tamborrada, when 15,000 drummers drum 24 hours in the square on January 20; Semana Grande, a week-long festival of cultural and sporting events, regattas, and fireworks in August; the International Film Festival in September; and the gastronomic festival, Gastronomika in October.

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Wildcard

San Telmo Museum Walk around the base of Mount Urguil to the San Telmo Museum. Housed in a 16th-century Renaissance monastery, the museum delves into the heritage of the Basque people, from Neolithic times to the present through archaeological artifacts and artworks. Don’t miss the 11 murals by José María Sert in the chapel depicting important moments in Basque history, oil paintings by El Greco and Joaquín Sorolla, and rare photographs.

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