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San Sebastian, at one time the summer residence of Spanish Royalty, is an elegant city with a long tradition of quality, up-market tourism. Recognised as one of the best places to live in Spain, its main feature is undoubtedly the stunning Bahia de la Concha (La Concha Bay); sheltered on one side by Mount Urgull and on the other by Mount Igueldo, the summit of which can be accessed by road or by a charming old tram. In the centre of the bay sits Santa Clara Island, like “the Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea” as it is often referred to as. The city is blessed with three fine beaches: La Concha, Ondarreta and La Zurriola.
The Parte Vieja, situated next to the fishing port, is the old walled town where you can appreciate outstanding architecture and discover the excellent bars and first class restaurants which offer, without doubt, the finest cuisine in Spain. San Sebastian has one of the highest concentrations of Michelin star restaurants in the world.
In the Parte Vieja you´ll also discover the lively Brecha Market with it´s variety of colourful stalls, the San Telmo Museum and the Plaza de la Constitution, where bull fights were once regularly held and where you can still see the place numbers above all the balconies.
The Boulevard is the dividing line between the Parte Vieja and Cortazar (the modern San Sebastian). This lovely, tree-lined avenue of cafes, bars and restaurants features, an Art Nouveau bandstand; built by the engineer Eiffel, at one end and the historical Victoria Eugenia Theatre at the other.
In the newer part of the city we also find monuments and buildings of high architectural and historical value, such as the new Kursaal Auditorium and Conference Centre; designed by the prestigious architect Rafael Moneo and the train station which was also designed by Eiffel.
San Sebastian has a great deal to offer in terms of shopping, quality hotels and restaurants, lively night-life and an attractive and comprehensive cultural diary. This includes the internationally renowned Jazz Festival (July), Semana Grande (August) and the International Film Festival (September).
San Sebastian is also an ideal base from which to explore the Basque Coast as well as the mountainous interior of the Basque Country. The Route to the Three Temples is a particularly scenic route featuring the Sanctuary of Loiola, the Hermitage of Nuestra Senora de La Antigua in Zumarraga and the Sanctuary of Nuestra Senora de Arantzazu in Onati. All three buildings are well worth a visit, each an example of different architectural styles, and each located in spectacular surroundings.
In Hernani, the Chillida Leku Museum dedicated to the Basque artist Edurado Chillida is especially nice to visit being set in a typical Basque farmhouse and surrounded by scenic parkland
Pamplona (running of the bulls) and the province of Navarra can also easily be explored from San Sebastian. As can the French coastal towns of San Jean de Luz and Biarritz.
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