Donostia / San Sebastián
Look out onto La Concha Bay and enjoy the very best pintxo trails.
San Sebastián is a city graced with three mountains, three beaches, an island and a river. But apart from its natural beauty, the capital of Gipuzkoa has also forged a charm all of its own thanks to its architecture, quality of life and renowned gastronomy.
Temple of gastronomy
Sixteen Michelin stars, a culinary university, pintxos (miniature haute cuisine creations), two protected designation of origin products (Idiazabal cheese and txokoli wine of Getaria) served at some of the world's finest restaurants, farmers markets that delight the senses, and a wide range of top-quality natural products. For these reasons and many more that you'll discover when you come here, San Sebastian is a genuine foodies' paradise.
Run, pedal, surf, skate, gallop, sail, or score a basket! San Sebastian loves all types of sports, as long as they can be enjoyed outdoors along with the beautiful surroundings. With views around every corner of the city, sports are an authentic pleasure here. It's no wonder that so many exciting events are hosted here (marathon, Behobia-San Sebastian foot race, San Sebastian Cycling Classic, Donosti Cup, sailing regatta, horse races, International Chess Open), in addition to a countless number of popular events throughout the year. It's the healthiest way to explore the city.
San Sebastian was selected by the Spanish Royal family in the early 20th century as their summer residence. Today it is still the perfect place for the most demanding traveller. A five-star hotel overlooking the Urumea river, three exquisite restaurants boasting three Michelin stars each, top-of- the-line shops, a stunningly beautiful natural setting and a long list of institutions and resources of international acclaim (Chillida Leku Museum, Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum, La Perla Thalassotherapy Spa) make the city a destination for travellers looking for five-star luxuries.
Capital of culture
Waves of energy lapped the shores of San Sebastian in 2016 as the city played host to the European Capital of Culture. The city saw more cultural events, exhibitions, concerts, festivals, creative encounters and, above all, cultural networking than ever before. There were more spaces open to inspiration, creation and reflection across all sectors of society. But the fact is that the city has been bathed in culture for a very long time – with every sculpture by Chillida, Oteiza or Basterretxea, with the International film Festival, with Musikene, the Higher School of Music, with Tabakalera, the International Center for Contemporary Culture, with the Orfeon Donostiarra choir, and with the San Telmo Museum. The result: a creative and inspiring city.