Port towns are good at aquariums. Perched on the picturesque harbor, the San Sebastian Aquarium is over 100 years old, but doesn’t look it. It underwent massive renovations in 2008. The coolest exhibit is the acrylic tunnel suspended in the water, where manta rays and sharks swim by your face. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 12:00 you can gawp as divers feed bull sharks.
You also get to discover more about the Basque’s special relationship with the ocean. Some say they sailed to the new world long before Columbus on whaling and cod fishing expeditions. There are two floors dedicated to the maritime endeavors of the Gipuzkoa.
As aquariums go, ticket’s aren’t steep. Kids under 4 are free. Ages 4-12 are 6.50. Adults are 13.50.
Plaza de Carlos Blasco Imaz, 1, Aquariumss.com
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Image: San Sebastian Aquarium