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San Sebastián

San Sebastián, Donostia in Basque, is situated n in the north (Basque Country) of Spain on the Bay of Biscay. The city has a population of 200,000. San Sebastian is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Spain, thanks to its beautiful beaches, the surrounding hills and the Pyrenees on its doorstep.

A visit to San Sebastián is not complete without you have seen all the sites of the old town. The ancient city is located around the Plaza de la Constitución, where all city events take place. In the Middle Ages the plaza was used as a bull ring. All the buildings around the square have therefore large balconies from which the inhabitants could see the fighting. The balconies are painted white and are numbered.

The Plaza de Trinidad is one of the oldest parts of the city. The old casino is on this square, formerly the summer residence of the royal family. Currently it is used as a town hall.

The lively center of San Sebastián is located between the old town and La Concha beach. With the Plaza del Buen Pastor as the beating heart as an ideal area for shopping. The center has many restaurants, shops and hotels.

In a 16th century monastery is the Museo de San Telmo situated. This museum has varied collections of the development of the culture of the Basque Country. There are also works by famous painters such as El Greco, Rubens and Alonso Cano.

San Sebastián has some beautiful beaches close to the city center but there also some good beaches just a short drive or bus trip away in the surroundings.


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