San Sebastian City Center Culture

The City Center of San Sebastian offers an interesting range of cultural fare, starting with its architecture – buildings, squares and bridges.

City Center Culture Highlights

Catedral del Buen Pastor

San Sebastian

This Neo-Gothic building, with its 75 meter spire, soars above the Plaza del Buen Pastor and is the biggest church in San Sebastian. Construction began in 1889, with the architect Manuel Echave at the helm, but it was only opened in 1897, after some modifications. The building has masonry stone walls, supported by buttresses on its exterior. The Cathedral has three naves, with the tallest at its center. The Plaza del Buen Pastor with its landscaped garden encompass the Cathedral, which stands opposite of the Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro.

Address: Plaza del Buen Pastor, s/n
Telephone: +34 943 464516
Opening Hours: Daily, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
If you want to visit during mass times, come at:

  • 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on weekdays.
  • 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
  • 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Koldo Mitxelena Arts Center

San Sebastian

This cultural center used to house an engineering school. Today, it is the venue for art exhibitions and various cultural activities. The center has function rooms and conference halls and also houses the Guipuzcoa Regional Council’s library.

Address: Urdaneta, 9
Telephone; +34 943 482 760

Hacienda Floral
This former hotel at Prim is now an office building. This building (formerly the Hotel Hispano Americano) was built in 1906 by the architect Dominguez Barrios. Its attraction primarily lies in its white walls and irregular layout, a refreshing contrast to the surrounding stone buildings.

Address: Prim, 1

Edificio de Correos

San Sebastian

This post office used to house the School of Arts and Trades. Designed by the architect Aguirrebegoa, it bears the French influence, as can be seen in the building’s attics.

Address: Urdaneta, 7
Telephone: +34 943 464 920
Opening Hours: 8;30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays
9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturdays

Palacio de Justicia (Courts of Law)
An imposing building with a classical stone façade, a majestic entrance hall and eye-catching columns, this dates back to the early 1900s.

Address: San Martin, 41
Opening Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Mondays to Fridays