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San Sebastián, Spain

The best places to run in San Sebastián, including its beaches, promenade, riverfront, and surrounding mountains

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San Sebastián (Donostia in Basque) is one of the more popular visitor spots in Spain, with its attractive setting on the Bay of Biscay, three beaches, and surrounding mountains. This city of about 500,000 is the capital of Spain’s Gipuzkoa province and is situated 20 km from the French border. There’s an excellent variety of running in San Sebastián in a compact space, with an attractive seafront promenade, paths along the Urumea River, and some good hill climbs for those who want a challenge

The signature run in San Sebastián is the La Concha Promenade, which can be combined with the very runnable beaches. Nearby, there’s a series of paths along the Urumea River, showcasing six historic bridges. We’ve also put together a ‘runseeing’ tour of Old Town and Monte Urgull, while on the other side of the beach, you can get the heart rate up around Monte Igueldo. There’s also a series of parks skirting the Antiguo area that make for a decent run.

San Sebastián has a good climate for running, with warm summers and cool to mild winters — though it’s more overcast than many other locations in Spain.

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Urumea Riverfront Paths

San Sebastián, Spain

The lovely, shaded paths along the Urumea River feature great water views, several historic bridges, and some lovely parks. The classic loop is 4 km. Option to extend to Loiola, Sagues, the seafront promenade, paths in Kristinaenea Park.
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Monte Igueldo Area Run

San Sebastián, Spain

On the western side of La Concha bay, there's some nice running around Monte Igueldo, which is known for its spectacular views of San Sebastián. We've mapped separate routes to the summit and from the summit, which can be combined. HILLY!
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Antiguo Area Parks

San Sebastián, Spain

For those who want an option away from the water and mountains, we've put together a route through four parks skirting the outskirts of the Antiguo section of San Sebastián. Includes Miramar Palace, Aiete Park.
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Urumea Riverfront Paths

San Sebastián, Spain

The lovely, shaded paths along the Urumea River feature great water views, several historic bridges, and some lovely parks. The classic loop is 4 km. Option to extend to Loiola, Sagues, the seafront promenade, paths in Kristinaenea Park.
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San Sebastián has a good climate for running, with warm summers and cool to mild winters — though it’s more overcast than many other locations in Spain. Average summer high temperatures are in the 26C (79F) range, with nights that can cool down. In winter, averages are 13C (54F) during the day, with lows of 4C (40F). There’s an average of 1650mm (65 inches) of rain annually, but summers are drier.

There are plenty of stores to running gear in San Sebastián, with outlets for Deportes and Robers.

For a small city there’s a good number of signature running events in San Sebastián, including an annual marathon. This link has a list of the signature running