One of the two headlands that bookend the sweep of San Sebastian’s sandy La Concha Bay, Monte Igueldo stands to the west of the town and is the perfect vantage point for panoramic views over the rocky islet of Santa Clara toward the hump of Monte Urgull at the east end of the beach.
Rearing up at the end of La Concha Bay, steep Monte Igueldo can be ascended by car or on foot along the winding Paseo del Faro; alternatively a funicular runs up the hill from Plaza del Funicular, 4. Once up there, there are viewing terraces and a small theme park but most people just visit for the panoramas, which are especially wonderful at sunset as the lights of the town twinkle below.
Although the amusement park won’t impress hardened Disney veterans, it has a certain passé charm and enough to entertain families with toddlers for a couple of hours, from bumper cars to carousels and gentle roller coasters as well as themed rides in the Pirate Park.
The Monte Igueldo funicular runs every 15 minutes between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. every day except Wednesdays in winter (there are longer hours on summer weekends). Return fares are €3.10 for adults and €2.30 for children. The Monte Igueldo amusement park is also closed Wednesday during winter, and in summer opens from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. or 9 p.m., longer during August weekends. Admission is €2.20 per person, and some rides cost extra. The panoramic terraces are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in summer with shorter hours in winter.