Outdoor Donostia/San Sebastián
Parks, beaches and hills to enjoy al fresco
Cristina Enea Park
This extensive park was originally the private garden of the Duke of Mandas. Upon the death of his wife, the Duke bequeathed his estate to the city, on condition that it was named Cristina Enea, which in Basque means ‘Cristina’s house’. The park is covered in woodland, with many mature trees and exotic species such as ginkgos, as well as green meadows with ducks, swans and peacocks. A recently built footbridge connects the park to the other shore of the Urumea River, which allows you to extend your walk without doubling back on yourself. That means you can make it all the way to the Anoeta football stadium and see the various points of interest in the Reyes Católicos area.
This is one of the best situated green areas, with spectacular views of the city. The gardens of Palacio Miramar, built in the 19th century as a summer residence for the royal family and reminiscent of an English country home, slope down towards the seafront. Since the park sits between the beaches of La Concha and Ondarreta, the combination of the blue of the sea with the green of the plants creates perfect harmony. At the lower end of the gardens you’ll find the Pico del Loro, which strategically separates the two beaches. The gateways are particularly striking, both the one situated in the old town and the one that can be accessed from Paseo de Miraconcha.