San Sebastián (Donostia in Basque) is located in the northern coast of Spain, just 20 Km away from the French border, and yes, it is in the Basque Country. With a population of about 186,000, it is the capital city of Gipuzkoa province, a small extension of greenery and coast that reminds of other lands you might have seen. Once a fishermans’ village, today it is a must visit destination for travelers around the world. The fact that the Spanish Royal Family had the Palace of Miramar built back in the XIXth century as their second summer house, put San Sebastian in the spot as a perfect summer destination. You will not find kings and princesses nowadays, but you will definitely feel like one eating, drinking, dancing, sunbathing and surfing in San Sebastian.
If you are the “I want to get a dark tan to make my friends sigh” type, you have 3 beaches to choose from. If you enjoy your booze, you will have time and uncountable bars and pubs to spend your time drinking sangrias, typical Kalimotxo (coke+red wine) or whatever is your like, come and start the count! If you are the sporty kind, the city is perfect for a morning run, a climb up combined with amazing views or a good session of wild swimming in the sea. If you want to surf, surf and surf Zurriola is an amazing urban beach with fantastic waves, pretty bodies and young crowd. If food is your passion, stop looking, San Sebastian must be your next vacation destination. And, if you are a bit of all, pack your bags, catch that train and come to us!
If these are not enough reasons to make you jump from your chair...keep reading!
If you want to combine your trip to the beautiful Basque Country and make San Sebastian your basecamp for exploring, check out the cultural agenda and see if you can match your trip to one of the festivals that take place in the city. And don’t worry, if you can’t make it, there is always something happening.
End of July – Heineken Jazzaldia: an unconventional jazz festival, with many big names in jazz as well as in other music styles. Cut Copy, Crystal Fighters and Belle and Sebastian among others have played for free in this festival known for its great stage on the beach, its amazing free concerts and the vibrant atmosphere that is felt in the city during those five days in the middle of the summer. If music is your lover, Jazzaldia will be your best summer-affair.
*Kutxa Kultur Festibala, takes place at the “vintage” Monte Igueldo amusement park, a really authentic and special setting for a music festival where you will go crazy and probably get pissed while listening to big names in the international and Spanish music scene. The scenery is definitely worth it, it is not as expensive as other music festivals and you will see the best of San Sebastian's hipsters and fashion lovers show off their groovy festival goer outfits. Can't miss it!
*San Sebastian International Film Festival: feel the glamour. If San Sebastian is sometimes known as a posh and fancy city, this is definitely the time to see it at its best. Red carpets and private parties fill the city, while the human crowd can have films for breakfast, lunch and dinner, usually with special prices for the young.
Fantastic and Horror Film Festival: go crazy with the audience shouting when it gets too romantic or too predictable, and be aware of the zombie parades along the Old Town. An unconventional film festival that brings the fanatics of this genre to town, and that rises the population of gothics for a week. Watch out for vampires in the night that might try to kiss your neck if they see you too drunk.
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