San Sebastián (in Spanish) or Donostia (in Basque) is a coastal city and municipality located in the Basque Autonomous Community, Spain. It lies on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, 20 km (12 miles) from the French border. San Sebastián’s three picturesque beaches, Concha, Ondarreta, and Zurriola, make it a popular resort. The town is also surrounded by easily accessible hilly areas.
The main economic activities are commerce and tourism, and it is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Spain. Despite the city’s small size, events such as the San Sebastián International Film Festival have given it an international dimension, and along with Wrocław, Poland, it was the European Capital of Culture in 2016.
San Sebastian has managed to retain the essence of traditional shopping, with a wide variety of establishments that offer tried and tested products with the same quality as always. And at the same time, it has that chic and stylish touch that can be seen in its range of shops, with highly sophisticated stores, alternative establishments and big brand boutiques.
The city is renowned for its Basque cuisine. Donotia-San Sebastián and its surrounding area is home to a high concentration of restaurants boasting Michelin stars including Arzak, Berasategi, Akelarre and Mugaritz, to mention but a few. It is the second city with the most Michelin stars per capita in the world, only behind Kyoto, Japan. Additionally, based on the 2013 ranking, two of the world’s top ten best restaurants can be found here. Adding to these cooking highlights, the city features tasty snacks similar to tapas called pintxos, which may be found at the bars of the Old Quarter. In addition, it boasts the first institution to offer a university degree in Gastronomy: The Basque Culinary Center.
For more information please visit: https://www.sansebastianturismo.com/en/
Tips to travel
In Donostia- San Sebastián and its surroundings area, there are lots of places you can spend your time during the duration of stay.
La Concha Promenade runs alongside the beach of the same name. It begins at the end of Avenida de la Libertad Avenue and finishes in the tunnel of El Antiguo, offering the opportunity to have a relaxing walk along the seashore or ride a bike, for there is a bidegorri (bike lane).
Apart from the views of La Concha Bay and Santa Clara Island, the lively promenade is surrounded by buildings and lordly houses worth seeing, such as the emblematic Londres Hotel, Miramar Palace of English style- and the famous Clocks, which are the meeting point for many Donostia-San Sebastián citizens.
No doubt the Old Part is the most visited place in Donostia / San Sebastián. It is located in the foothills of Mount Urgull, crammed into the harbor and the estuary of the River Urumea. The city was rebuilt following the 1813 fire and its streets; full of shops, restaurants and bars offering pintxos (miniature culinary masterpieces) and gastronomic societies, present a lively atmosphere throughout the year.
There are also two other cities in the Basque Country – Spain that you can visit as they are so close together: Bilbao, cutting-edge metropolis and Vitoria-Gasteiz, our “green capital”.
If coming to Donostia-San Sebastián already means escaping from your routine, delving into our natural places will feel like a true release due to the beauty, intimacy and inspiration of the environment. Come on in and discover the pathways through the extraordinary natural parks, the caves and the gastronomy in the Basque Country – Spain.
For more information please visit: https://tourism.euskadi.eus/en/
HOW TO GET TO DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN
Strategic location and excellent infrastructures make Donostia-San Sebastián a place easy to reach from anywhere in the world.
San Sebastián has 3 airports (2 international) within just over 100 km of the city.
Only 20 kilometers from the city centre, San Sebastián Airport has connections to the major Spanish cities; Madrid and Barcelona.
Bilbao Airport, with connections to all Europe, is 105km from the city, and Biarritz Airport, served by French and international low-cost companies, 47km.
HOW TO GET AROUND
San Sebastián is user-friendly; it is easy to get around using the public transport services that connect the different parts of the city.
San Sebastián has a large bus fleet run by the company Dbus for fast and easy travel from one end of the city to the other. Take a look at the different lines on the Dbus website.
San Sebastián has a large and modern fleet of taxis available 24hrs a day. The rates are official and they operate with a taxi meter. In San Sebastián, unlike in other cities, taxis do not normally stop when hailed in the street. The best idea is to head for a taxi rank or phone for one:
Taxidonosti: +34 943 46 46 46
Vallina Teletaxi: +34 943 40 40 40
How to arrive to NH Collection San Sebastián Aranzazu:
Hotel NH Collection San Sebastián Aranzazu
Vitoria Gasteiz kalea 1, 20.018 Donostia
Tel.: 943 21 90 77HOW TO ARRIVE
* The organization will not be taken care of the accommodation arrangements for guests. But, a selection of option are available on the following link