General information

Whaling port with its eyes on Newfoundland

Pasaia is a municipality that was born and grew around the Port of Pasaia, which, given its peculiar orography, has offered shelter to many boats throughout history. It was the main whaling port of Europe, from where for centuries the great Basque expeditions sailed to Newfoundland. It is located in a bay protected from the Cantabrian Sea, just 4 kilometres from the centre of Donostia / San Sebastián, and 15 kilometres from Hendaye.

Currently, it is divided into 4 districts scattered around the bay of the same name.


Also popularly known as the city of the dollar due to the boom of the fishing industry in the 60s and 70s, when it began to develop as a district. Nowadays it is the district that has the most inhabitants and the is most commercial part of Pasaia.


This district emerged in the late 19th century after the reclaiming of marshland. It was founded in 1890 and grew together with the creation of several infrastructures, such as the northern railway, the Madrid-Paris highway, the metro, and the commercial docks of the port.


This is the most fishing-based part of the municipality where the fish market, currently in reconstruction, is located and where some deep-sea fishing and coastal fishing boats can still be seen on its docks. Its historical quarter is similar to that of Donibane.


This is the oldest of the four districts. It is, together with the district of Pasai San Pedro, the most tourist-friendly district. Along the street we find numerous historical cultural resources and a diverse tourist infrastructure.