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Palaces and castles in San Sebastian

If you are visiting the city of San Sebastián you cannot leave without knowing the historical places and places of interest that we find in the city.

San Sebastián has a variety of castles and palaces that you should see, since they are typical of the time and have many details that will surprise you.

If you are interested in taking a city tour to visit these places, through Go Local San Sebastián, you can book guided bike tours or walking tours. In this way, you will know all the details of these historical places that will make you want to know more about their history.

Miramar Palace

The Miramar Palace was designed for the royal family during their stays in the city of San Sebastián, in the summer season. This palace is an incredible balcony on the shores of La Concha Bay where you can glimpse the Cantabrian Sea, including the island of Santa Clara.

Miramar is one of the palaces made of brick and with a clear reddish color that stands out mainly for its large gardens. Currently this palace is used for summer classes and for the celebration of certain important events.

Palace of the Duke of Mandas

The Palace of the Duke of Mandas is one of the main tourist activities in the city. It is located right in the Cristina Enea park in San Sebastián. It is currently the headquarters of the Cristina Enea Foundation, a foundation whose main objective is to raise awareness and awareness of the environment with sustainability.

As soon as we enter through the main entrance we find the reception. As we go into the palace we will discover unique places such as an exhibition gallery, a chapel and a resting place for its visitors.

Once we reach the second floor we can see the old office of the Duke of Mandas, as well as new exhibition rooms. You can not stay without visiting it!

Miramar Palace

Palace of Duque de Mandas

Aiete Palace

The Aiete Palace has become one of the main tourist attractions in the city of San Sebastian. This majestic palace was built in 1878 and for many years was the summer residence for the kings of Spain such as Isabel II, Alfonso XII, María Cristina and Alfonso XIII.

Today the palace houses the offices of the Casa de la Paz y Derechos Humanos (House of Peace and Human Rights). In addition, the Casa Cultural occasionally holds workshops.

Today, the Palacio de Aiete is one of the most charming places in San Sebastian.

La Mota Castle

A visit to the Castillo de la Mota will take you on an instant trip back in time. This fortress was built by Sancho VI of Navarre, whose main purpose was to defend San Sebastian, a city he founded with the aim of turning it into a strategic seaport.

This historic castle is located on Mount Urgull, a privileged location in the centre of San Sebastian, next to the sea and the city. It has been the site of several battles against troops from different parts of Europe, and has undoubtedly become one of the main historical and favourite places in the city, declared a National Artistic Monument.

We hope that this article on the palaces in San Sebastian has given you a more transversal view of the monuments of the Renaissance period that the capital of San Sebastian possesses.

Learn more about the Castle de la Mota

Aiete Palace

La Mota Castle