If San Sebastian had to be described with one single adjective that would have to be elegant. The coastal city of Spain was once the summer resort of European kings and queens (yes, dictators too) and that elegance the royalty brought to the city has stayed over the years.
Everything is elegant in Donostia, the Basque name of the city. The neoclassic architecture that often reminds people of Paris, the busy streets with its small shops, the three beaches that embrace the city and the people themselves. And every September, this elegance is taken to a new dimension when Hollywood stars visit the coastal city to attend the International Film Festival.
|Maria Cristina Hotel|
If you want to have the best tapas experience of your life, then San Sebastian is your destination. Visit the old town area (Parte Vieja) and try the exquisite pintxos(tapas in Basque) that bars serve all day long. Or if you’d like to try some typical, yet modern, Basque cuisine then Arzak is your answer. The renowned Basque chef’s restaurant is considered to be the 9th best one in the world.
Whether you like the beach or the mountains Donostia has both. La Concha, Ondarreta and Zurriola are the three beaches that every summer get filled with tourists. Ulia and Igeldo, the two mountains that surround the coastal city.
San Sebastian is a small city that is often overlooked by tourists that visit Spain and only have the time to visit Madrid or Barcelona, but if you have an extra day on your next trip make sure to include a stop in Donostia. They haven’t named it the European Capital of Culture 2016 for no reason!
By Maider Izeta
Former Spanish journalist currently living the American dream
in the City of Angels. Loves writing, reading, photography,
music and, of course, traveling!