Tips for Donostia-San Sebastián mini-bus and coach tourism

Useful tips for Donostia-San Sebastián bus groups with ‘what to see’ and ‘what to do’ items and  ‘bus- friendly’ or must see tourist sites in Donostia-San Sebastián. Check our list of attractions before planning your bus tour with a stop or departure in Donostia-San Sebastián. Let us know if your favourite attraction or ‘bus-stop’ is not there and you think we should add it to our list of Donostia-San Sebastián highlights.

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Group trip by bus hire to beaches in Guipúzcoa

The province of Guipúzcoa offers a lot for group tourism in bus or coach hire with driver. There are beautiful beaches such as Playa de La Concha  with its Spa La Perla del Oceano and  Playa de Ondarreta that is in a area with gardens. We advise you to travel to visit the fishing villages such as Mutriku where whale fishing is done or Pasai Donibane with its narrow stone streets and walkways under houses.

Playa de Ondarreta

Playa de Ondarreta credit: Javier Lastras CC BY 2.0

Golf Travel and Tourism

This province has seven clubs, so there are a lot of choices for those who want to organize a golf tour.   Some of them are Real Nuevo Golf Basozabal with 18 holes in Donostia-San Sebastián, Real Golf Club Zarauz in Zarautz, that has 9 hole or Goiburu Golf Club de Andoain with 9 holes and a natural environment.

I. Torneo Solidario Golf Zarauz

I. Torneo Solidario Golf Zarauz  credit: FUNDACION WHY NOT CC BY 2.0

Travel and Business Tourism in minibus with chauffeur

The Donostia-San Sebastián Convention Bureau is the place where you can organize a professional meeting, trade shows, conventions or other event s that are related to business tourism. Also you have Palacio de Congresos y Auditorio Kursaal on Avenida Zurriola in the city of San Sebastian as well.

Trip to Natural Parks in Guipúzcoa with coach hire with driver

If you want to travel to see nature, you should go to Monte Aitzkorri which is ideal for hiking and walking or Sierra de Aralar with its blind valleys and green prairies. To have a relaxing day and see the important historic villas in Tolosa, Ordizia and Lazkao, you should take a guided tour to them. You will also have a chance to get to see historical monuments. Also you should plan a trip to the historical district of Hondarribia-Fuenterrabia that was declared a historical and artistic landmark.

Monte putterri, en la sierra de Aralar

Monte putterri, en la sierra de Aralar credit: Alfredo CC BY-ND 2.0

Another place that you should visit with bus or minibus hire with driver around Guipúzcoa is Valle del Urola with its old houses and the spa Cestona-Zestoa. Then you have the medieval hamlet of Azpeitia  with its Santuario de San Ignacio de Loyola that is in a baroque style. You can keep walking until Bergara one of the most stately villas in Guipúzcoa. It also has beautiful houses such as Elgeta that is in the Valle of Deba.

Monte Igeldo is a watch tower that is ideal for enjoying the views of the city. There you also have Punta Torrepea with Peine de los Vientos that is a collection of sculptures by the Basque artist Eduardo Chillida.

Lighthouse at Monte Igeldo

Lighthouse at Monte Igeldo  credit: John M CC BY-SA 2.0

 Restaurants

When you get hungry, and want to try the gastronomy of Guipuzcoa, we recommend Restaurant Zumelaga in Bergara that offers its special dish of loin of hack; Restaurant Zelai Zabal in Oñati in its hundred year old building and with exquisite Basque cuisine or Restaurant Belaustegui surrounding a park and with traditional cuisine.

Tourism with group by bus rented by the city of Donostia-San Sebastián

You can rent a bus with chauffer in Donostia-San Sebastián for tourism of group in the city or in Guipúzcoa Province. The city Donostia-San Sebastián of offers a dizzying array of tourism options, so we’ve highlighted a few of the best, such as el Real Club Náutico de San Sebastián (The Royal Nautical Club of San Sebastián), which has been declared a National Point of Cultural Interest in the category of monuments, and was built by architects Joaquin Labayen and José Manuel Aizpurua in 1928.  El Teatro Victoria Eugenia (The Victoria Eugenia Theatre), home of the Cinema Festivals, dates from 1912 and offers a varied and ever-changing programme.

Real Club Náutico de San Sebastián

Real Club Náutico de San Sebastián credit: Mario Solera Public Domain Mark 1.0

Excursions - Bicycle routes and rentals in Donostia-San Sebastián

The city of Donostia-San Sebastián boasts a network of almost 30 kilometers (19 miles) of "Bidegorris" (bikeways) 590 bike parking lots. Those who wish to rent a bicycle will need to go to one of the bike rental stores, such as Bici Rent Donosti, Alai Txirrianduak, or Antigua Bike, where you can also request a bidegorris map (bicycle routes). The city also offers a Municipal Bicycle Public Bicycle Borrowing Service (known as d-bici) that is spread throughout various strategic points in the city at which you can request a bicycle.

Featured rides with bus rented in Donostia-San Sebastián

A Must-See Tour

The beaches of Donostia-San Sebastián are among the city's main attractions during summertime. Shell Beach (Playa La Concha) is the most famous, but Ondarreta beach is more family-oriented; together, these two beache form Shell Bay (la Bahía de la Concha). Zurriola Beach is the newest beach; it's a separate, smaller beach off of Santa Clara Island and is ideal for surfing.

Playa de la Concha - Donostia/ San Sebastián

Playa de la Concha - Donostia/ San Sebastián credit: Euskampus Fundazioa

Saint Mary's Basilica (Basílica de Santa María)

Built from 1743 to 1774, this building stands out on Main Street (calle Mayor) in the Old Town (Parte Vieja) of the city. It was built in the baroque style and features an altarpiece dedicated to the Virgin of Coro, who is the patroness of the city. Next to the baptismal font you can see a cross-shaped sculpture made by Eduardo Chilliada; the entry gate is parallel to the entrance to the Good Shepherd Cathedral (la Catedral del Buen Pastor).

We recommend planning a group outing to the city's historic district, near the Good Shepherd Cathedral, to admire the varied architecture. A short walk away is Constitution Square (Plaza de la Constitución), which is the heart of the old town and the site of the most important local festivals, including San Sebastián Day, which is celebrated every January 20th.

Miramar Palace has the best views of Donostia-San Sebastián; Queen María Cristina and the Royal Family first began using it as a summer home in 1887, and it has spectacular vistas of the beaches in the bay and Santa Clara Island. Saint Vincent's Church (la Iglesia de San Vicente), which dates from the 16th century, is the oldest temple in the city and features a sculpture of Piety (La Piedad) by artist Jorge Oteiza on one of its side façades.

Palacio de Miramar

Palacio de Miramar credit: Prigalla CC BY-SA 2.0

Your group take a bus hire with driver downtown to enjoy the fresh air in Aiete Park, where the Palace and House of Peace (el Palacio y la Casa de la Paz) is located. Not far from here are the Miramar Gardens, which have great vistas of Shell Bay and are flanked by an English countryside-style palace. And don't forget Cristina Enea Park, which has peacocks, exotic trees, and swans; it was designed by Pierre Ducasse, and many people consider it to be an ideal place to relax and reenergize after a day full of walking.

What to see during your tour in Donostia-San Sebastián with a rented minibus with driver

If you want to rent a bus with chauffer for an excursion or trip that originates or terminates in Donostia-San Sebastián, we suggest including these stops in your itinerary:

Viewpoint from Mount Igueldo

Located in Mount Igueldo Park, this is considered one of the best viewpoints and is a must-see. From here you can see the entire San Sebastián coast and beyond the city you can see the entire eastern Basque coastline and its interior.

Mount Urgull Pathways (Caminos del Monte Urgull)

This is urban park is considered to be a privileged place, near City Hall and the historic district. A great place to walk around and enjoy the trees, go up the stairs and hills, and admire the castle and the great view of the ocean and mountains. There are benches all over the place where you can sit down and relax under the trees.

Constitution Plaza

Located in the middle of the historic district of the downtown area. This plaza has a unique detail that almost none of its visitors notice: all of the balconies are numbered because a long time ago it served as a bull fighting ring. You can take advantage of your visit here by also seeing the Old City Hall building, walking by various shops, and enjoying some of the best pintxo (the Basque equivalent of tapas, which the city is famous for)bars in the city of Donostia-San Sebastián in the basement of the arcade.

Restaurant Akelarre

Located on Padre Orcolaga Way, with huge windows through which you can admire the line between the mountain and the sea. If you enjoy good food, you won’t want to miss this one. Known as a stylish, tasteful place. A typical meal cost €155 ($200 or £125) per person.

Lourdes-Txiki

This is one of the best-kept secrets of the city, situated on Paseo de Igeldo Street. It’s a small sanctuary dedicated to Our Virgen of Lourdes. Each year, during the month of February different masses and novenas are celebrated here in honor of the Virgin of Lourdes, making this place the busiest on those days.

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