San Sebastián

In the Basque Country in the North of Spain about 20 kilometres from the French border lies one of the most famous tourist destinations in the country. The city of San Sebastián, or Donostia in Basque, is backed by the golden, U-shaped Playa de la Concha and framed by lush green hillsides. The city has three beaches that border the rushing tide of the Atlantic Ocean, including La Concha, Ondarreta and Zurrida. This surfers paradise, along with Wroclaw, Poland, was elected as the European Capital of Culture in 2016. The city sits at the mouth of the River Urumea and is surrounded by mountainous hills, which include Urgull, Mount Ulia, Mount Adarra and Igeldo.

San Sebastián is celebrated as a spectacular dining destination as the city is littered with Pintxos (Basque tapas) bars. The bars are always booming with people at any hour of the day as Basques celebrate the art of eating. San Sebastián is also recognized for the International Film Festival it hosts every September where European and Hollywood stars fill the town. The architecture of the city also remains prominent and integral with notable structures like Hotel Maria Cristina.

The once favourite city for Spanish royalty is filled with elegant buildings, beautiful beaches, historic walkways and picturesque hills. It proves to be a screensaver-worthy place.


Author: Daniella Sousa

I have recently taught abroad and developed a love for travel. I am a current Bachelor of Education student and a lifetime lover of writing. I believe the world needs a little more adventure, love and positivity and that everyone should find the courage to get up and follow their dreams.

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