Miramar Palace Tours

With formal gardens that tumble down to the beach edge at Ondarreta, the Miramar Palace was once the retreat of Queen Marie Christine Habsburg, the wealthy widow of King Alphonse XII of the Spanish ruling royal family; she was responsible for putting San Sebastian on the map as a popular seaside vacation resort in the late 19th century. 

The palace was the work of Basque architect José Goicoa, and was completed in 1893 in the English style. The influence of his design partner, English architect Seldon Wornum, can be seen in the mock-Tudor detailing in the patterned brickwork, gables, tall thin chimneys, and rounded towers.

The gardens of Marie Christine’s summer palace are so extensive that a road runs underneath them, connecting San Sebastian’s beaches with the elegant suburb of El Antiguo. After much to-ing and fro-ing between the Spanish royal family and local government officials, the gardens now form an elegant public park, stretching from the former palace to the seafront. It’s a well-loved spot for a picnic on summer days, overlooking the sandy strip of Ondarreta Beach.

Practical Info

The gardens of Miramar Palace make up a public park that is open daily. The palace is now a music college and a conference venue, so it is not open to the public.
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Address: Miramar Park, San Sebastian Spain, Spain
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Hours: Gardens: open daily; Palace: college & music venue, not open to the public
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San Sebastián Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Enhance your sightseeing in San Sebastián with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Travel with ease between Playa de la Concha beach, Miramar Palace and other top attractions, and hop on and off at any of the city-wide stops. Alternatively, choose to stay on for the full 1-hour loop and listen to the audio commentary to find out more about the Basque city.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$13.81 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day
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San Sebastián Electric Bike Tour

Experience San Sebastian’s highlights and lesser-known delights on this small-group electric bike tour. Hop on an easy-to-ride bike and see more than you ever could on a walking tour, including La Concha, the Boulevard, and more. Cruise up Mt. Igueldo for bird’s-eye views, and explore often-overlooked districts such as the university and sports quarter. Ideal for first-time and short-on-time visitors, with a choice of departures.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$51.79 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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