San Sebastian-Donostia, Guipuzcoa Province capital, is a city that bases its economy on trade and tourism.
Landscapes as the Bay of La Concha and French-cut modern architecture have led to the development of tourism activity on an international scale. Donostia-San Sebastián is therefore known as a European city for international events such as film festivals and music (mainly jazz).
San Sebastian-Donostia is named after the former monastery of San Sebastián that was located in the present Palace of Miramar.
The city has gone through several phases since its foundation as a fortified place and it was not until the seventeenth century did not obtain city status by Philip IV. Several inlcuso looting and burning of almost all the city has led her to be entirely rebuilt in the nineteenth century. It is in this century when the city expands, tearing down the walls and became the capital of the province of Guipúzcoa.
San Sebastian-Donostia night
In San Sebastián-Donostia are basically three nightlife areas, each with a strong identity. One of the most popular is the Old Town, the neighborhood that never seems to rest.
The Catholic Kings Street, located in the back of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, hiding her face more chic, with modern local musical offerings riskier.
Also, young neighborhood feud Gros is scattered bars for those who enjoy more relaxed and intimate environment ..
Can find variety of pubs like Dion’s, the Whisky Museum or Relojberri.
Also find clubs like Bataplan, Tropical Disco, The Kabutzia, La Rotonda or People
San Sebastian is a city on a human scale, where you can move around on foot or by bicycle, through its bike lanes. The public transport network company Dbus and local tourism transport could be use to move around the city without using the car. The tourist card San Sebastian-Donostia Card enables access to public transport.
San Sebastian-Donostia cycling. Over 30 kms of bide-gorris (os bike lanes) are waiting for the best offer on wheels in town.
This is a quick, ecological and convenient way to visit San Sebastian-Donostia, since from the boardwalks to the downtown streets, every corner of the city are perfectly suited to cycling.
The city has, equally, with several shops devoted to bicycle rental.
Bike sights official guide
San Sebastian-Donostia has a full fleet of buses, run by the company DBus, which will allow you to go in a quick and inexpensive way from one end to another of the city.
San Sebastián-Donostia card
The master key to the city. San Sebastian-Donostia Card makes the difference between visiting or really knowing San Sebastian.
You can access public transport, unbeatable discounts at museums, restaurants and shops, that will make your stay a pleasure.
- Multipersonal card (valid for more than one person)
- Valid for 10 days
- Pick up the card at our office (Boulevard 8. 20003 Donostia)
- City transport – DBUS – taking a day-time service counts as 1 journey, and on a night-time service-called “Búho” (night bus) – 2 journeys will be deducted from the card. Check routes: www.dbus.eus
- Inbeatable discount in participating establishments (apply to holder and his/her companion)
- ONLINE SALE AND ALSO IN THIS HOTELS: Amara Pza., Codina, San Sebastián, Hesperia Donosti, Green Nest, Avenida, Camping Igueldo, Arima, Palacio de Aiete, Casual de las Olas and Olarain.
How to buy it
- You can buy it at San Sebastian-Donostia Tourism office or at Green Nest Hostel
- PRICE: €9 (6 travels) y €16 (12 travels)
*List of discounts with San Sebastián Card
What to see
Know San Sebastian Architecture
Visit San Sebastian Beach
La Concha beach, the most famous and Ondarreta beach more familiar both located in the Concha Bay.
Zurriola, the youngest and surfing beach, and small secluded beach on the island of Santa Clara beaches complete the cast of a single integrated Environmental Management System, where yo can enjoy all the services for the bather .
Go to Santa Clara Island
You can enjoy the small beach, strolls to the unique building of the lighthouse, the trails with picnic or coffee on the terrace of the bar, its proximity to the beaches of the bay also enable access to swimming for all year.
With autumn tides some have made it on foot at low tide.
From the Island you can enjoy a superb view of the city.
Enjoy San Sebastian Gardens
We speak of its parks and gardens, green spaces in the city and reflection their sustainability.
What to do
San Sebastian-Donostia has a long list of deals for leisure and therefore you have countless different plans to occupy your free time.
Children and adults are guaranteed fun, relaxation and sport.
Visit the Aquarium
Acrylic tunnel crossing its 360 water suspended in the middle surrounded by big sharks and enormous manta rays, or play copies of live fish in its tactile aquarium are just some of the fun possibilities offered by this museum.
Go to the Casino Kursaal
Visit the Eureka! Zientzia Museoa
Precisely because of that San Sebastián are held throughout the year, especially in spring and fall, dozens of local, national and international tournaments. During these months, it is easy to confuse the Zurriola beach and around the area, like Sagües area, with any surfer city from Australia or California.
But not only the waves of the city are known worldwide … local surfers themselves are an example to follow in this sport.
Camino de Santiago. Stop in San Sebastián.
Active tourism enthusiasts and hikers have an excellent opportunity on the road to Santiago as it passes through San Sebastián to enjoy their hobby through a suitable route for walkers and mountain Bike.
The Jacobean road crosses the coast of San Sebastián from side to side with the incredible sights Ulia cliff, across the city by the bay of La Concha. Several are the remnants of the historic pilgrimage to the city, as the carving of the saint in the church of St. Vincent and St. Mary’s Basilica, in the old part of San Sebastian, or the little church of Santiago, in the district of Amara, witness to this tradition.
Cooking is an art and a hallmark in San Sebastián-Donostia. Their chefs have given fame throughout the world and in our antipodes recognize us for quality cuisine.
In fact, the total of five restaurants with three Michelin stars than there are in Spain, three are in the city, complemented with another great selection of restaurants to reach a total of 16 Michelin stars and initialed the good work daily culinary artists donostiarras. This makes our territory with more Michelin stars per square meter in the world.
International Film Festival of San Sebastian. From 20/28 September
In mid-September of every year, the city hosts the leading figures of cinema. The stars are housed in the largest hotel in the city, the Hotel Maria Cristina, and ceremonies are held at the Kursaal. For the Festival have passed major film stars of the past 55 years.
Jazz Festival of San Sebastián From 24-28 July
AKA Jazzaldia, was created in 1966 and is currently one of the largest in Europe. It is the oldest jazz festival in Spain.
Held annually in July, and common scenarios are the terraces, the beach Zurriola, the square of the Trinity in the Old Town, the Kursaal and the Victoria Eugenia Theatre.
Week of Fantasy and Horror Films From October 26 till November 1st
Created in 1990, is a film festival organized by the city of San Sebastian an its main theme is fantasy and horror films. It provides, among others, the Award of Digital + Short Project.
Festivities of San Sebastián-Donostia
The main festivity in town is the Tamborrada, held on January 20, the day of San Sebastián. On the night of 19 to 20 January, the Constitution Square in the Old Town is filled with donostiarras about platform which places the Society tamborrada Gaztelubide, for the raising of the flag and the start of the holidays.
Throughout the morning of the 20th the Tamborrada Child parades, with more than fifty companies of school children of San Sebastian and, throughout the 24 hours it takes long the party there are flowing tamborradas of hundred of adults. The 20th at twelve o’clock, Artisan Union low the flag in the Plaza of the Constitution as a finale.
This is a festivity with historical roots that emerged in the late nineteenth. The music played, including the anthem of the city (March of San Sebastián, its letter was composed by Serafin Baroja), was written by Raymond Sarriegui, originally for piano, later being adapted for band.