San Sebastián – Gastronomic Greatness, Captivating Culture, & Beguiling Beaches

Lying on the picture-perfect scalloped-shaped shores of the Bay of Biscay in northern Spain, San Sebastián is a dazzling combination of old-world charm and modern sophistication.  In addition to the allure of its breathtaking backdrops, the city is internationally recognized for its innovative culinary offerings, boasting of one of the highest concentrations of award-winning chefs per square mile in the world, making it an ideal yacht charter destinations for gourmands.

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Many consider San Sebastián to be Spain’s best-kept secret and its appeal is undeniable, drawing the likes of European royalty and famous figures including Napoleon III and Frank Sinatra.  Comprised of four main districts, each with its own enticements,  Parte Vieja (old town), the Centro Romántico, Gros, and Playa de Ondarreta, the city offers many attractions for those that like to explore.

Big on seaside splendor, San Sebastián boasts of a number of promenades and exceptional beaches, including the famous Playa de la Concha.  Those looking for a more secluded spot will enjoy Ondaretta Beach while Playa de Gros is popular for surfing.

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San Sebastián is a consistent contender as one of the world’s best places to eat.  The cuisine is unrivaled, from indulgent Michelin star feasts to the huge assortment of pintxos (Basque-style tapas) bars to cafes serving up local fare, there is something suited for everyone’s likings.   For a delectable gastronomic experience, Arzak and  Mugaritz are two of the highest acclaimed restaurants in town, and for pintxos, Bar La Cepa, founded in 1948, is a historic bar not to miss.

With stunning stretches of golden sand for beach-lovers, a vibrant cosmopolitan energy, a rich history and many seaside attractions, San Sebastián makes for a perfect yachting holiday.  For the availability of charter yachts in Spain, please contact Sunreef Yachts Charter at

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