San Sebastian's Hidden Parks and Gardens

Donostia, Spain

Experience hosted by Angel

3 hours, Hosted in English and Spanish

What you'll do

We'll go through three local neighbourhoods and three peaceful parks and palaces, escaping the crowds and going off the beaten path.
We'll start at the neighbourhood of Egia, to shortly after head up to Cristina enea, a hidden gem just round the corner. There we'll discover our first palace and the animals living free inside the city!
We'll then cross the river and head up to the neighbourhood of Amara. There, we'll go through the main aspects of the day to day life of the locals and the modern Basque society, an incredibly complex territory, yet so enchanting that you risk wanting to stay and live here like me!
After this, we’ll head up the hill to Aiete Park; one of the biggest parks in town, yet probably one of the most unknown. There I'll show you immense trees, a hidden cave and a palace where the most loved and hated personalities of these country stayed during their summer holidays.
We'll finally descend our last park and palace in Miramar, where a Spanish queen put San Sebastian on the map during the ‘belle epoque’.
Our final stop will be at a local tavern in el Antiguo, to sip all the lush green and intriguing history that you just learnt with a well deserved drink.
Other things to note
It's important to bring suitable and comfortable footwear with you. This is a long walk through the city and it involves climbing up a little hill. Great rewards though!
We'll go through three local neighbourhoods and three peaceful parks and palaces, escaping the crowds and going off the beaten path.
We'll start at the neighbourhood of Egia, to shortly after head up to Cristina enea, a hidden gem just round the corner. There we'll discover our first palace and the animals living free inside the city!
We'll then cross the river and head up to the neighbourhood of Amara. There, we'll go through the main…

What's included

  • Equipment
    Use of umbrella and poncho in case of rain and previously requested.

Meet your host, Angel

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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My name is Angel and I'm a freelance tour guide and an environmentalist. I run nature based experiences in the Basque Coast and I believe that while we travel it's important to be responsible of the impacts on your destination and also to connect with the nature around us. San Sebastian has got many faces and these parks and palaces are hidden gems that deserve being visited, because there you'll escape the crowds and understand why San Sebastian is what it is nowadays, while enjoying their thriving greenness.
Every now and then I go to these parks in search of peace, to admire the plants and animals or to attend any of their many exhibitions.
Let me show you the gardens and palaces where the citizens connect with nature and another face of this wonderful city that has got much more to offer than the crowded old town and the beaches.
My name is Angel and I'm a freelance tour guide and an environmentalist. I run nature based experiences in the Basque Coast and I believe that while we travel it's important to be responsible of the impacts on your destination and also to connect with the nature around us. San Sebastian has got many faces and these parks and palaces are hidden gems that deserve being visited, because there you'll escape the crowds and understand why San Sebastian is what it is nowadays, while enjoying their thr…
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Where you'll be

We'll take an off the beaten path to go through the city, visiting local neighbourhoods and parks. We'll use back doors and short cuts in order to go to interesting places inside the parks, like caves, ponds and huge trees that you wouldn't find on a map. I'll tell you all about these parks and why they are so important from an environmental but also historical point of view. I can teach you how to recognize some of the species of trees.

Rated 4.95 out of 5 from 20 reviews.

Teresa
October 2021
We didn’t know if we’d get a sunny day again for our short 5 day stay in San Sebastián. So we took a chance and booked the same day, and delighted he accepted on such short notice. We were enchanted with his low key manor and high keen knowledge of the historical and environmental landscape of the area. Walking was an easy pace throughout the various palaces and gardens he took us through which were gorgeous and peaceful. If you want to spend a sunny day walking and learning about the local history, past royalty through beautiful parks and different neighborhoods, we highly recommended Angel’s walking tour, you’ll be happily healthily entertained both mind and body and thoroughly satisfied.
Petra
October 2021
Fantástico, muy recomendable. ¡El tour fue increíblemente divertido y súper interesante! Aprendí mucho sobre la historia y la naturaleza. Ángel fue un gran guía y súper amable. Gracias Ángel
Leymonerie
August 2021
Merci encore Angel pour ce beau moment passé avec toi et tes éclairages sur l histoire de cette ville qui nous plaît tant !
Josafat
August 2020
Muy recomendable para conocer la historia de San Sebastián y sus orígenes a través de elementos poco conocidos
Malcolm
March 2020
Angel gave us a fantastic tour of the City - all the places you would never know to go as a tourist. His knowledge was excellent and the palaces and gardens we visited were brilliant - highly recommend this activity to any curious traveller!
Larry
November 2019
We had a wonderful tour of the city with Angel. Angel showed us parts of San Sebastián that we would not have seen on our own. This tour was a nice break from the usual touristy sights you get by staying in or close to the old town. Angel is very knowledgeable about the history of San Sebastián and was able to share his knowledge of the area with us throughout the whole tour. It was a very enjoyable experience and it did not feel like we were walking for almost three hours. If the weather were better and I was here longer, I would do another tour with Angel.

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  • Tue, 26 Oct
    16:00 - 19:00
    £30 per person
  • Wed, 27 Oct
    09:30 - 12:30
    £30 per person
  • Wed, 27 Oct
    16:00 - 19:00
    £30 per person
  • Fri, 29 Oct
    09:30 - 12:30
    £30 per person
  • Fri, 29 Oct
    16:00 - 19:00
    £30 per person
  • Sat, 30 Oct
    16:00 - 19:00
    £30 per person
  • Sun, 31 Oct
    09:30 - 12:30
    £30 per person
  • Sun, 31 Oct
    16:00 - 19:00
    £30 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 8 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.