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San Sebastián, Film City

San Sebastián, Film City

San Sebastián, Film City
One of the most romantic cities in the world, famed for its beauty and fine food.
One of the most romantic cities in the world, famed for its beauty and fine food.

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10 reasons to come to Basque Country

San Sebastián

The moment you arrive in San Sebastián, La Concha beach invites you for a dip or a pleasant stroll along the shore, even in winter. The elegance of the bay, framed by the massif of Igueldo and the island of Santa Clara, is known the world over. The city has two other fine urban beaches: if you like walking you can start your stroll on Zurriola beach, frequented by surfing enthusiasts, then skirt round Monte Urgull along the Paseo Nuevo and then go right across the bay to finish on Ondarreta beach. There you are awaited by the Peine del Viento (Wind Comb), an impressive large-scale sculpture by Eduardo Chillida and Peña Gantxegi which speaks of the ferocity of the Bay of Biscay.

If the natural settings of San Sebastián are wonderful, the good taste of its inhabitants meant that its bridges, squares and buildings had to be even more so. You’ll feel as if you’re revisiting the Belle Époque when you pass in front of the Victoria Eugenia theatre, the Hotel Maria Cristina or the spa hotel of La Perla, frequented by the cream of the aristocracy in the early 20th century.

Film City

Every September San Sebastián becomes a setting for film. International stars fly in daily for the city’s International Film Festival. As the European Capital of Culture 2016, San Sebastián is rich in culture and the arts, with jazz and classical music festivals as well as a range of up to the minute museums such as that of San Telmo.

The city is also a world capital for food, particularly its pintxos, for which every bar in its Old Town is a treasure trove. Go into any of these tempting establishments and try a “gilda” or one of the other elaborate pintxos which are authentic displays of haute cuisine in miniature. And if a more relaxed gastronomic experience is what you are after, let yourself be tempted by the wide range of Michelin-starred restaurants.