San Sebastian Aquarium

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Plaza de Carlos Blasco Imaz, 1

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

If you've got kids in tow, then a visit to the San Sebastian Aquarium should be at the top of your list. That's because the aquarium, appropriately located right above the ocean's waters, features about 31 different exhibits broken up by region housing more than 200 species. Expect to find aquarium regulars, such as turtles, sharks, sea stars and stingrays, as well as plenty of fish big, small and colorful. There's also a giant skeleton of a North Atlantic right whale that acts as the center piece within the aquarium, as well as a 360-degree underwater tunnel that goes right through one of the aquarium's tanks.

Travelers young and old enjoyed their time at the San Sebastian Aquarium. Kids liked getting up an up-close view at the sea life, especially in the underwater tunnel. Meanwhile, grown-ups appreciated that the aquarium also houses exhibits chronicling the city's maritime history. Some adults felt this enriched their experience, as it helped give a greater context to the story of the animals that call the aquarium home.

You can find the San Sebastian Aquarium in the harbor right at the base of Monte Urgull in Parte Vieja. Tickets cost 13 euros (about $14) for adults, 6.50 euros (around $7) for children between the ages of 4 and 12; admittance is free for children younger than 4. Hours vary by season and day of the week, but generally, the aquarium is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. For more information on the San Sebastian Aquarium, visit its website.

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#1 Parte Vieja

Parte Vieja, also known as the Old Town, is the heart of San Sebastian. Despite its name, it's actually not the oldest part of the city (that honor belongs to Antiguo), but it is the most lively. Parte Vieja's pedestrian-friendly streets are flanked by centuries-old buildings that house a plethora of restaurants, shops and bars. It's considered the best nightlife spot in San Sebastian, as well as the best place to grab pintxos (the local term for light bites, similar to tapas). These two tend to coincide among locals, who begin their nights out pintxos barhopping.  

If you're not a night owl, you can still find things to do in Parte Vieja. Pintxos are served all day and there are a few architectural gems that warrant further exploration. The San Vicente church, located next to the San Telmo Museoa, is the oldest in the city, dating back to the 16th century. Basilica of Saint Mary of the Chorus, found at the base of Monte Urgull along the bustling Calle Mayor, is also located in this neighborhood. Meanwhile, Plaza de la Constitución is an excellent place to rest your feet and watch the world go by. Keep in mind, though, that the plaza's restaurants may be pricier than other parts of the city due to their central location.

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