SAN SEBASTIAN

SAN SEBASTIAN
The "Pearl of the Cantabrian”, San Sebastian, has enough to make jealous many seaside towns around the world. A city that does not know its name (San Sebastian, Donostia, Donostia-San-Sebastian Sanse, La Bella Easo, Hirutxulo!) can hardly be defined in a single line. Surprising mix between modern and ancient walled city, San Sebastian is a charming place in a million.
San Sebastian is a city where culture is everywhere. The highlights to see are numerous: the Palace Ayete (former resort Franco), the Victoria Eugenia Theatre or the municipality that is located in the old casino (built in 1887) to name a few! Impossible to miss the Parte Vieja (the Old Town) and watch the surfers on sunset on La Concha Bay.
Apart from its attractions and atmosphere San Sebastian is a gastronomic heaven for the food-lovers! It seems Donostia’s restaurants have the eyes of God above blessing them with a rain of stars. There are no fewer than thirty Michelin-starred restaurants! Its pintxo culture has no comparison anywhere else. You can not make a hundred meters without falling on a pintxos (tapas) bar.

DID YOU KNOW THAT…
  • the Protected Designation of Origin pintxo is a very simple appetizer?
Known in recent years for its modern and vanguardist cooking, the only pintxo with designation of origin is as simple as an appetizer that combines anchovies, olives and chilli. Its name: Gilda Donostiarra.
  • San Sebastian is not a city with a memorable nightlife?
At some point it was, but nowadays is not! It has a French-style, early bird schedules and quiet evenings. By contrast, people use to have morning walks, mountain biking and swimming in the sea, no matter the time and the age.
  • donostiarras are proud of being healthy, eco and organic?
You can buy eggs in recycled boxes and fresh milk in bottles of soft drinks. Without treatment, without barcode, with no expiration date. More 'eco', impossible. Another option, more orthodox, is to bring a glass container to vending machines that have been installed in some parts of the city (as in the Easo square) to buy fresh milk of the day.

YOU SHOULD NOT MISS
  • Beaches
Donostia boasts several magnificent sandy beaches including the famous Playa de la Concha. Imagine 1370 metres long sandy beach in the heart of the city! The bay of La Concha forms a gentle curve and blends in with the hills and buildings of Donostia-San Sebastian. Queen María Cristina fell in love with this place, and it continues to be an essential part of summer in Guipuzcoa. As an urban beach, it is separated from the city by no more than its emblematic tram rail.
If you are looking for a beach with more privacy, the Ondarreta is for you. Naturists can get to Zurriola.
  • Parte Vieja
San Sebastián is an easy city to visit, because the city center is very compact and very easy to walk. A guided walk through the parte vieja (the old neighborhood) is very nice and the ambiance is great. There are plenty of small shops, bars, restaurants, old churches and squares.
  • Monte Urgull
The steep military history of the city is palpable on Mount Urgull. Because of its location and its orography, it became a military fortress in the 12th century. Its walls, unique testimony of the fortified San Sebastian, whose ruins still exist in the underground parking of the Boulevard, suffered attacks and seats over the years.