Unlike some of the other San Sebastian attractions, you don't stumble upon the Funicular unless you go looking for it. I highly recommend that you do go looking for it! For three euros, you can ride the Funicular (actually an English word that means something like "crazy trolley") to beautiful views. The ride is not long at all but the views are so worth it. I took tons of photos at the top and enjoyed checking out the mini amusement park (with incredible views from the kiddy rides!). I also bought a diet Coke at the top and paid about 0.25 euros to use the restroom. If I'm back in San Sebastian, I'll ride it again!
Midway up the steep east side of Monte Igueldo, we waved to the descending funicular car in appreciation of their gravitational potential energy hoisting us up the mountain. Funicular physics aside, we made the three minute inclined journey to check-out the mountaintop amusement park and admire the panoramic views.
Built in 1912, the funicular on Monte Igueldo is the third oldest cable railway in Spain. The round-trip ticket cost €3.10 and included entrance to the amusement park.
According to our young-adult daughters, the amusement park was childish and antiquated, but the final plummet on the roller coaster was a worthy thrill. After a few rides and a bag of popcorn, they were ready to have a look at the view.
From our lofty vantage point, the golden sands of La Concha Beach outlined the semi-circular La Conch Bay like the rim of a scallop shell. Shimmering in the distance, the iridescent San Sebastian earned its nickname as "The Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea".
With the coastal views etched in our camera's memory cards, we boarded the funicular for our return to sea level. Midway down the mountain, we waved to the ascending funicular car; this time for their counterbalance keeping us from a free-fall into the station below.
The Funfair at the top of Monte Igueldo is unbelievably cheesy and overpriced. Even so, taking the funicular to the top was one of my favorite things we did in Basque Country. The style of the funicular building and the carnival itself are wonderful examples of Belle Epoque design, if you look past the grime. And the views! Holy moly...the views! It's worth your money just to ride up there and take it all in. Absolutely stunning.
This is a side of San Sebastian people don't talk about. If you're staying in the hotel nearby or you're under the age of 6 this might be for you. Pony rides, water rides, a carousel, and some other kitschy things. I dig the "Casa del Terror" and the totally baked hallucinating mushroom people.
This is where you have the classic view of the bay of San Sebastian. Generally there is a funicular that takes you up to the top, except on Wednesdays as we discovered. It is a little bit of a hike to get up to the top and some family is charging you to go up to the amusement park/hotel that caps the peak. We were there at the end of December, so everything was closed. Great view that is worth the detour.
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