My name is Idoia and I am the family expert at the TRYP Orly. Below I will give you an idea of what I would do if I was visiting Donosti for the first time and I wanted to have fun with the family.
- BAHIA DE LA CONCHA. Leaving the hotel, and after a two minute walk, we arrive at the Bahía de la Concha, needless to say the Playa de la Concha is a great place for having fun with all the family, weather permitting. Following the beachfront towards the right is Alderdi Eder park: a great place forthe kids to play or ride the carousel as you enjoy a lovely view of the bay
- If you continue walking, you will enter the city’s Old Quarter. I highly recommend going up Monte Urgull. The kids will love the cannons and the castle. The castle, which dates back to the 12th century, defended the city against the raids by the English and the French. There is also a small museum from which you can enter the Sagrado Corazón and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city
- Walking in the Port, along the Paseo Nuevo and in the old quarter are all well worth it, ideal for appreciating the Donostiarran atmosphere. At the port you can try the kiskillas (tiny shrimps) and the karrakelas (sea snails) which are eaten at any time of the day and you really feel as if you are one of the locals. This is one of my favourite parts of the city, as well as the Paseo Nuevo, and if you’re lucky the sea will be a bit rough and you can see the waves crashing on the promenade, just don’t get too wet!
- PEINE DE LOS VIENTOS. Walking around the bay in the other direction, you come across Playa de Ondarreta and at the end Peine de los Vientos, a piece of work by sculptor Eduardo Chillida. It is a very special place, in contact with the sea, and the children (and you too) can dare stand on the holes made in the floor and listen to the sea and maybe get wet! There isn’t a single Donostiarran child that hasn’t done this
- From here you can reach MONTE IGELDO. If you want to see an amusement park over 100 years old then this is the place. I think it’s best to go up in the funicular train (the price is reasonable). The whole place has a retro feel about it which I love and the kids will also love the rides. The views of the city are breathtaking
Below are some activities are great to do with the family in Donostia, as these are not expensive and well worth it:
- SAN SEBASTIÁN AQUARIUM. Open from 10am to 8pm, I recommend either going on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday before midday so you can see how they feed the fish. Adults: 13 euros. Children: 6.50 euros. Under 3 year olds: free
- BOAT TRIP IN A SAN SEBASTIAN CITY CATAMARAN. The trip along the coastline takes about 40 minutes. Adults: 8.50 euros. Children: 6.50 euros. Under 3 year olds: free
- TXURI URDIN ICE PALACE. If you fancy spending some time learning how to ice skate with the family, then come to the ice palace. It is great fun. Adults: 8.60 euros. Children: 6 euros. These are the prices for the weekend and bank holidays
- EUREKA SCIENCE MUSEUM. Science museum and planetarium. Interactive displays providing the information in a fun way, with a new style of communication via the use of objects and experiments. Parking is free, and the cafetería-restaurant, shop, play area, ticket office and picnic area complete the facilities. Combined entrance ticket for the museum and the planetarium: Adults: 11 euros. Children: 9 euros. Under 3 year olds: free