Extensively revamped in 2008, San Sebastian’s aquarium has an enviable waterside position at the foot of Monte Urgull, is one of the most up-to-date in Europe, despite its location in a 1928 building. With 31 aquaria featuring marine eco-scapes from Cantabria and the tropics, the premier attraction here is the 360-degree perspex tunnel that dives through the Oceanarium while more than 40 species of fish, including bull sharks, turtles, sinister stingrays and jellyfish, swim merrily past.
A small museum of marine history displays the bleached skeleton of a whale caught off the Atlantic coast in 1878, and a smattering of fascinating whaling and fishing boats that showcase San Sebastian’s enduring relationship with the sea.
San Sebastian’s Aquarium is at Piazza Carlos Blasco de Imaz, 1, and admission is €13 for adults, €9 for seniors and students, €6.50 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for those under 6. The aquarium is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or 8 p.m., depending on the season.