Paseo de la Concha (Concha Promenade), San Sebastian

Paseo de la Concha (Concha Promenade), San Sebastian

There can be no walking tour of San Sebastian without a walk along the La Concha Promenade (Paseo de la Concha), the beachside promenade of the city. The beach has the shape of a conch shell, hence the name. La Concha Promenade is entirely pedestrian. It begins at the foot of Liberty Avenue (Avenida de la Libertad) and ends at the tunnel of El Antiguo.

The walkway is edged by a painted, wrought iron balustrade, emblematic of the city itself. It was designed in 1910 by municipal architect Juan Rafael Alday Lasarte. He also designed the roundabout of La Concha, with its famous obelisks and the monumental lampposts flanking the beach access.

There are incomparable views of the sea and Sant Clara Island in the bay. The busy promenade is lined with elegant buildings and monuments. The Hotel Londres, the English-style Miramar Palace, and La Perla thermal water thalassotherapy center bring back times when San Sebastian was a spa city.

The walkway is "book-ended" by Mount Igeldo and Mount Urgull. In the west, the Pico del Loro cliff separates Ondarreta Beach from Concha Beach. Staircases descend to the golden sands of Concha Beach. Many cafes facing the sea serve snacks and refreshments.

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Sight Name: Paseo de la Concha (Concha Promenade)
Sight Location: San Sebastian, Spain (See walking tours in San Sebastian)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in San Sebastian, Spain

Create Your Own Walk in San Sebastian

Create Your Own Walk in San Sebastian

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San Sebastian Introduction Walking Tour

San Sebastian Introduction Walking Tour

San Sebastian has long been well-known as a popular tourist destination thanks to its beautiful crescent-shaped urban beach, delicious Basque cuisine, and lively nightlife. The scenic La Concha Bay is like a perfectly shaped spa sitting beside the city.

Named after the monastery of San Sebastian, the city traces its history back to 1181, when the King of Navarre, Sancho VI Garces, granted the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Mount Urgull Walking Tour

Mount Urgull Walking Tour

Mount Urgull is a promontory stretching out at the eastern end of La Concha Bay, surrounded by water on all sides, except the one linking it to the Old Town of San Sebastian. Historically, this mount, rising 123 meters above sea level, served as a strategic defense point for the city, attesting to which now are the remnants of old fortifications with cannons still in place.

From its elevated...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles