San Sebastián

Sun-drenched cultural space Tabakalera occupies a beautifully reconfigured tobacco factory dating from 1913. It's a hub for the arts and design, as well as cultural enterprises such as the Basque Film Archive, the Kutxa Foundation and various galleries and innovative firms. For visitors, there's also an exhibition hall, a cinema and a regular line-up of seminars, workshops, discussions and other edifying fare. There's always something going on; check online or stop by for the latest.

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1. Puente de Maria Cristina

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2. Parque de Cristina Enea

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3. Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea

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5. Hotel Maria Cristina

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6. Plaza de Gipuzkoa

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7. Plaza de Gipuzkoa

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8. Kursaal

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