Any excuse to visit San Sebastian is good. Besides the unequalled beauty of La Concha Bay, ( a shell shaped bay) which the royal family fell in love with at the start of the last century and continues to captivate anyone who comes to see it, the city is the place to come to for innovative cuisine that has made it famous across the world, a wide range of festivals that have made it a genuine cultural phenomenon and an active and healthy lifestyle that is very much in touch with the natural resources on offer. All these reasons have made it a top tourist destination over the last two centuries.
San Sebastián is divided into three main areas, each with its own personality, partly reflected in its three magnificent beaches. With the peaceful Ondarreta Beach and the Wind Comb sculpture on one side, the thundering waves of the Zurriola Beach dotted with surfers on the other, and the famous Concha Beach in the centre, each have their own spots much loved by the locals.
You should take a stroll around the Old Town, with its stone-lined streets packed with bars serving some of the best pintxos in the city and the Romantic Area, with its Belle Epoque buildings, to know the true hub of social life in San Sebastian.
To the east of the city you’ll discover Gors, a young and cosmopolitan district. The terraces and small charming shops alongside the Zurriola Beach are busy with surfers taking their boards to and from the sea. Also nearby is the district of Egia, well known for its variety of live music venues.
From la Zurriola Beach you can walk round the bay by taking the Paseo Nuevo promenade, round the bottom of Monte Urgull, until coming to the Wind Comb in a spectacular city stroll covering around 7 kilometres. Near Ondarreta beach you’ll find the Miramar Gardens with their privileged views of the Concha Bay, a stop not to be missed.
To put it in a nutshell, San Sebastian is a wonderful city to get lost in and explore...
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A walk through the marvelous/wonderful city of San Sebastian
It is very difficult to convey the beauty, contrasts, breathtaking views and charm which captivate all who visit San Sebastian, the city that shines with its own light. In San Sebastian you should take a fantastic stroll along the best beaches in Europe, Deleve in the old town and discover the essence of San Sebastian, wonder at the Belle Epoque style in the romantic area, enjoy the best views out to see and of the city in the Mount Igeldo... But looking at things with your own eyes is better than hearing is a hundred times, so, now you know what to do! See you soon!
Food is an art form in San Sebastian, and a sign of the city’s identity. Its chefs have made it famous the whole world over and its 16 Michelin stars give you an idea of what standards you can expect from Donostia’s culinary artists. But the most precious foodie treasures here is its famous pintxos; culinary bites ranging from the original slice of bread piled with food, to tiny miniature haute cuisine creations. You can’t forget that a region so well known for its food just has to have the perfect accompaniment to wash down a meal, cider, is one of the locally-produced beverages par excellence.
City of festivals and culture-European Capital of Culture 2016
A clear indicator of the intense cultural activity found in San Sebastian is its numerous festivals, like International Film Festival, Internationa Jazz Festival or Classical Music Fortnight. It is without a doubt one of the city´s greatest assests and therefore makes it a cultural tourist attraction. Beyond the numerous festivals, many of these of world renown, the museums, its architecture and the artistic centres are the best excuse for visiting it. Moreover, Donostia is the perfect place to get to know the Basque Culture and its traditions.
Sport city-Surfing, Running, Trekking, Cycling…Who gives more?
San Sebastian is a lively, active and healthy lifestyle city closely linked to open air sports activities like surfing, running or trekking ( St James Way) . The numerous sporting events which take place in our city like Behobia-San Sebastián race, the Donostia/San Sebastián Marathon or the Clasica cycling race and the different international movements which set a trend towards healthier ways of living converge in a city which is very in touch with the sports experience. Some of our most special sport events , are the Basque Sports Exhibitions
Romantic Destination –An indulgence and Charming City break
A natural setting and typical early 20th century urban development endow San Sebastián with unmatched beauty and make it easy to get around as you shake off the stress of everyday life during your pleasant romantic short break. The city also offers you a series of especially suitable resources to lend quality and warmth to a special stay, whether alone or in the company of someone you love: spa centres, boutique hotels, fine restaurants, exciting routes and romantic activities.