Introducing San Sebastián
It’s said that nothing is impossible. This is wrong. It’s impossible to lay eyes on San Sebastián (Basque: Donostia) and not fall madly in love. This stunning city is everything that grimy Bilbao is not: cool, svelte and flirtatious by night, charming and well mannered by day. Best of all is the summer fun on the beach. For it’s setting, form and attitude, Playa de la Concha is the equal of any city beach in Europe. Then there’s Playa de Gros (also known as Playa de la Zurriola), with its surfers and sultry beach goers. As the sun falls on another sweltering summer’s day, you’ll sit back with a drink and an artistic pintxo and realise that, yes, you too are in love with sexy San Sebastián.
San Sebastián has three main centres of action. The lively Parte Vieja (old town) lies across the neck of Monte Urgull, the bay’s eastern headland, and is where the most popular pintxo bars and many of the cheap lodgings are to be found. South of the Parte Vieja is the commercial and shopping district, the Centro Romántico, whose handsome grid of late-19th-century buildings extends from behind Playa de la Concha to the banks of Río Urumea. On the east side of the river is the district of Gros, a pleasant enclave that, with its relaxed ambience and the surfing beach of Playa de Gros, makes a cheerful alternative to the honeypots on the west side of the river.
Best places to stay in San Sebastián
La Tamborrada: a guide to the drum festival of San Sebastian
'Tamborrada infantil' by Bichuas (E. Carton). Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike This is an excerpt from Lonely Planet's A Year of Festivals. Location: Begins in Plaza de la Constitucíon, San Sebastian, Spain, and spreads through the old city.
San Sebastián destination guides
Summer lovin' in San Sebastián
It’s said that nothing is impossible. This is wrong. It’s impossible to lay eyes on San Sebastián (Donostia in Basque) and not fall madly in love. This stunning city is everything that grimy Bilbao is not: cool, svelte and flirtatious by night, charming and well mannered by day. Best of all is the summer fun on the beach.
San Sebastian Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Look at San Sebastian from a different point of view. Hop on a double-decker bus and discover the highlights of the city.King Sancho el Mayor of Navarra is said to have founded the city of San Sebastian around 1180. The city's unique geographical location with a port, made it an ideal military stronghold.
Best of Northern Spain
Spain has been described as less of a country than a collection of small nations all working together. Each region has its own distinct character, style, even language. This quick 8-day trip introduces you to Spain’s Basque and Catalan provinces the best way: through food, art, culture and first-person contact.
Volcano cancelled your flight? Take a $3500 cab ride instead
What would you do if you were trying to reunite with your pregnant wife in Madrid but a continent-sized cloud of volcanic ash stranded you in Stockholm? Kern Schireson, a marketing consultant from New York and his colleague Rich Hanks from Seattle, were in Stockholm together on business before the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjal.