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San Sebastian, a cyclist's paradise

There are plenty of things you can do while you stay in town. You can swim in the famous La Concha beach, enjoy some of the fabulous pintxos in our bars or join us in one of free walking tours. Today, we are going to give you some advice on how to get the most out of our incredibly big amount of bike trails in Donostia.

Article by Pablo Ganter, tour guide at Go Local San Sebastian Tours

Bikes in San Sebastián

San Sebastian has a set of bike trails (bidegorris in basque) that is over 70 km long, like in some cities in the Netherlands. This bidegorris cover a huge part of this flat territory, ideal to go for a ride around the city!

Although you can design your bike trip visiting everything in just one sitting, we think that it is better to do it little by little throughout several days. Here you have some of the most interesting ones, but there are many more that can be combined.

Helmets are not compulsory for those over 16 years of age, although they are recommended when riding between cars, and you must have your lights, reflectors and bell on. When it is nighttime, you must have your front and rear lights on. With that out of the way, let's start the visit.

The shore

From Mount Ullia to Mount Igeldo we can circulate easily using the bidegorris, except for the port area where we will circulate with pedestrians (remember they have the priority). It is a very pleasant experience that takes us to the Zurriola Bridge, the Kursaal, Sagües area, the new promenade around Urgull, the harbour and the promenade around La Concha. We will pass under the Miramar tunnel and we can finish by going up the lighthouse road (if we feel like it) or visiting the beautiful Peine del viento by Eduardo Chillida.

The River

One of the most beautiful things in town is our river Urumea. From its very mouth we can follow its quiet riverbed to the south, pedaling effortlessly along an incredibly flat road that takes us through all kinds of neighborhoods…and beyond! Because the Urumea bike path can take us to visit the neighboring towns to the south of San Sebastian.

The Center

Enjoy cycling through the different neighbourhoods that make up the city centre. As a curiosity San Sebastian has one of the longest cycling tunnels on the continent, Morlans tunnel. This tunnel is the old local interurban train`s tunnel, which was reused to be added to the local “bidegorris”. Its 2 kilometres connect the districts of Amara with Bera Bera, the Antiguo and the universities, avoiding going up and down a huge hill in the middle!

We hope this article helps you enjoy Donostia and your bike, it is a great experience for when you finish one of our free tours!

Thank you for reading the article. For more travel tips from our local guides around the world check the blog section of our website! Have you read our tips on How to best enjoy the coast line of San Sebastian?

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