San Sebastián Is a town and municipality located by the Bay of Biscay, 20 km from the French border. The city is the capital of the province of Guipúzcoa, in the Spanish region, or Autonomous Community, of the Basque Country.

    Its architectural development commenced in the second half of the 19th century, transforming it into a French-style city, further enhanced by the matchless landscape of La Bahía de la Concha (Shell Bay). The city is also famous for its hosting of events like the Festival Internacional de Cine de San Sebastián (film festival), the Festival de Jazz de San Sebastián and the Quincena Musical (Musical Fortnight), rendering the city world famous.

    In 2016 the city was named European Capital of Culture, together with Wroclaw, Poland. Fine cuisine plays a very important role in San Sebastián the city boasting the most Michelin stars per square meter in Spain.


    What to see:

    • Playa La Concha

      La Playa La Concha (Shell Beach) One of the most beautiful urban beaches in the world, famous for its bay, which traces almost a perfect shell shape.

    • Playa Ondarreta

      La Playa Ondarreta is the city’s smallest and most traditional beach, very popular amongst families with children.

    • Playa Zurriola

      At La Playa Zurriola beachgoers are generally younger. Popular with surfers, it is surrounded by surf schools.

    • Old Town

      The Old Town, made up of narrow streets, is located at the foot of Mount Urgull and famous for its tapa bars.

    • Centro Romántico

      El Centro Romántico, in the southern section of the Old Town, is full of buildings from the late 19th century, in the purest Parisian style.

    • La Peineta del Viento

      La Peineta del Viento (Wind Comb): metal structures built into the rocks above the Cantabrian Sea, designed by the sculptor Eduardo Chillida.

    • City Hall

      The City Hall, one of the city’s most majestic buildings. Originally built in 1882 as a casino, since 1947 it has fulfilled its current function.

    • Kursaal

      El Kursaal is a convention centre. Designed by Rafael Moneo and inaugurated in 1999, it features a post-modern style evoking two rocks.

    • Teatro Victoria Eugenia

      El Teatro Victoria Eugenia (theatre), opened in 1912 and mixing the neo-Plateresque and neo-Renaissance styles, has hosted major cultural events in the city, such as the San Sebastian International Film Festival.

    • Palacio de Miramar

      El Palacio de Miramar, located in one of the most beautiful corners of San Sebastian and built in the purest English style, in the 19th century. The building is not open to the public, but its gardens are, offering wonderful views.

    • Monte Igeldo

      Mt. Igeldo is located at the far west end of San Sebastián, between La Playa Ondarreta and the Peine del Viento, and offers panoramic views of the city. The best way to get to the top of Mt. Igueldo is via the funicular, in operation since 1912, making it the oldest in the Basque Country.

    • La Perla

      La Talasoterapia de La Perla is a thalassotherapy holdover from the city’s Belle Epoque era. More than a century ago, Queen María Cristina chose the city as the site for her summer holidays. Swims in the sea were among the refined pleasures of the holidaymakers, a pleasure that combined therapeutic effects with relaxation and well-being.

    • La Bretxa market

      The La Bretxa market is located by the weakest point along the original wall that surrounded the city until 1863, having been demolished twice by invaders entering the city, giving rise to was known as la brecha (the gap).

    • Museo de San Telmo

      El Museo de San Telmo (museum). It is the oldest in the Basque Country. Inaugurated in 1902, it was transferred to its current building in 1932. The original building, from the 16th century, is a mix of Gothic and Renaissance styles. The museum has recently added a building designed by architects Nieto and Sobejano, featuring contemporary and avant-garde architecture.

    • The Aquarium

      The San Sebastian Aquarium opened in 1928 and was renovated in 1998, a facility at which to view over 200 species, including tropical ones, and boasting a 360-degree tunnel.