San Sebastián (Donostia in Basque) is located in the northern coast of Spain, just 20 Km away from the French border. The city has a population of about 186,000 and it is the capital city of Gipuzkoa province. San Sebastian was once a fishermans’ village, but today it is a popular destination known as a must see by 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. The Palace, red coloured and overlooking the Concha Bay on top a small hill called “El Pico del Loro”, hosts Musikene (Music School) nowadays.
San Sebastián is well known for its beautiful beaches, La Concha, La Zurriola (Gros) and Ondarreta, as well as for its strong culture around gastronomy, being home for a lot of Michelin star – awarded chefs. Moreover, it has a moving cultural life with relevant Festivals such as the Heineken Jazzaldia – Jazz Festival in July, the San Sebastian International Film Festival and the Kutxa Kultur Festibala in September. Together with Wroclaw, San Sebastian will host the 2016 European Capital of Culture.
There are a number of museums that hold permanent exhibitions related to the local history, as well as temporary exhibitions on different topics and artists. To mention a few, Museo San Telmo and Untzi Museoa in the Old Town of the city, and Sala Kubo in the famous Kursaal building next to La Zurriola Beach.
If you are into architecture, San Sebastian won’t leave you unimpressed. Its historical center, constructed following the plan of Cortazar in the XIXth century counts with a number of beautiful modernist buildings along some of the main streets in the city centre, such as calle Prim and calle Garibay.
Have a look at the main tourist attractions among which there are beaches, mountains, amazing food and much more