San Sebastián or Donostia (the Basque name for San Sebastián) is situated on the Cantabrican coast 20 kilometres from the border with France.It is a medium sized city with a population of approximately 200,000. Surrounded by lush, green mountains on one side and the sea on the other it is considered by some to be one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. It has been a popular tourist destination for many years but this was especially true during the Belle Époque period - reflected in many beautiful buildings which date back to the early 20th century.
Sebastian has 3 beaches - the Concha,
Ondarretta and Zurriola. The Concha
and Ondarretta are the best for swimming
and spending a day at the seaside while
the Zurriola beach is popular with surfers
who can be seen there throughout the
famous Old Part of the city consists
of narrow streets lined with small shops,
bars, restaurants and pensiones. On
Friday and Saturday evenings it really
comes to life and is the place to go
for a good night out. It is also the
best place to go to sample Basque cuisine.
You can have a set menu in one of the
restaurants or try some delicious pinchos
(similar to tapas) which are laid out
on the counters of every bar. It is
a Basque custom to go from bar to bar
have a small wine and a pincho. The
best time to sample pinchos is from
12.00 to 1.30pm and 7.00 - 9.00pm.
Places to visit include the Aquarium, The new Kursaal auditorium and exhibition centre also know as the Cubes, San Telmo Museum or the Perla Spa Baths. You can also take a short boat trip to the small island opposite the Concha beach and visit the lovely villages Pasajes de San Juan and Fuenterrabia.
Festivals take place throughout the year the most famous being the Jazz festival in July and the International Film Festival in September. There are also numerous other special events often based on Basque culture and folklore.
Due to its popularity San Sebastián is also one of the most expensive cities in Spain. The weather can be changeable so don't forget to take an umbrella or warm clothing even during spring and summer.
Useful links for visitors to San Sebastian: Hotels in San Sebastián, Restaurants in San Sebastián, Guide to Guipúzcoa
Places of interest near San Sebastián:
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