Why choose a cruise to San Sebastian?
A craggy volcanic hillside rises from the cobalt waters of the Atlantic. San Sebastian nestles among the rough rock, a colourful mass of houses. The old district is charming, full of rainbow-coloured terraces and sun-kissed squares. Botanical gardens and regional markets provide even more dashes of colour.
San Sebastian is surrounded by the dramatic black-sand beaches characteristic of the Canary Islands. Outside the town you’ll find terraced fields and luxuriant banana plantations, as well as enchanting ancient forests. Beyond them rise the craggy silhouettes of volcanic mountains, just begging to be explored.
A guide to San Sebastian’s hotspots
You’ll feel as if you’re in a bygone era as you wander the serene streets of the old town, past houses painted every imaginable colour. Christopher Columbus stayed here before sailing to the New World – his former house has been converted to a museum, Casa de Colón.
The town’s most iconic building is the Torre del Conde, an impressive black-and-white tower which houses a collection of historical maps. It’s located in a subtropical garden – a perfect picnic spot – and offers stunning ocean views.
Lace up your hiking boots and tackle the trails in Garajonay National Park, less than 20 minutes’ drive from the town centre. Take in the enchanting ancient forests, deep gorges and stunning mountain ranges of this UNESCO-designated ecosystem. Climb Garajonay rock, located at an altitude of almost 1,500 metres, for the best views on the island.
If you’re feeling hot from all the sightseeing, take a dip in the ocean on San Sebastian’s beach – you’ll be surprised how soft the sand feels between your toes. The beach rarely gets crowded, and it’s lined by cafés and restaurants where you can tuck into fresh seafood afterwards.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of San Sebastian
The best time to visit San Sebastian
Treat yourself to a San Sebastian cruise in July or August and you’re guaranteed a sun-kissed summer holiday. Temperatures range from 24°C–27°C during these months.
The best time to visit San Sebastian is during December. You’ll love escaping the bitter winter cold to sun yourself on the immaculate beaches, in temperatures hovering around 20°C.
Did you know?
· The islanders have a unique whistling language, known as El Silbo
· Christopher Columbus ‘baptised’ America with water drawn from a well in San Sebastian
· Try a glass of Gomeron, tangy local drink made with palm honey