The lovely city of San Sebastián is located in the north of Spain in the Basque Country, and is also known as Donostia in Basque. While this is one of the greenest parts of Spain, it can unfortunately be one of the rainiest parts, too, so you may experience a wet day or two during your break. Luckily, there are plenty of things to do in the city when it pours. Here’s our pick of what to do on a rainy day in San Sebastián.
An ideal way to spend a rainy day in San Sebastián is at the La Perla Spa. You’ll still be wet, but at least you’ll have your swimsuit on and you’ll stay warm. Overlooking the beautiful La Concha Beach, it offers relaxing beachside views while you’re soaking in the hot bubbling pools. It’s housed inside a lovely Belle Époque building where the Queen Maria Cristina once had her summer residence. Today it’s one of the biggest and best thalassotherapy centres in Europe and is great for health benefits.
Another wet place, but still offering an escape from the rain is the San Sebastián Aquarium. Situated at the bottom of Monte Urgull hill, it’s close to the Old Town and is one of the most popular attractions in the Basque Country. The aquarium is housed in an old building dating back to 1928 and focuses on the maritime and marine heritage of the region. Look out for the skeleton of a northern right whale, the tanks filled with marine animals from Bay of Biscay and the 360º shark and tropical fish tunnel.
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