San Sebastian

Aiete Palace

palacio de aiete

Noble and majestic. That’s the Aiete Palace. Standing on the hills surrounding the city, the park is remarkable for its impressive gardens and, of course, for its mansion.

The walls of the building witnessed the comings and goings of aristocrats including Queen Isabel II, Queen Victoria of England, Queen Maria Cristina and Alphonse XIII, all of whom chose the mansion as their place of summer residence.

It has recently re-opened as a culture centre packed with creative activity.

The gardens, designed by Pierre Ducasse, conceal fabulously romantic ponds certain to prompt visitors to disconnect from the reality of everyday life.