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The former fishing village Donostia-San Sebastian is nowadays a famous resort in the Basque country. During its history this place has been repeatedly subjected to conquest. During the two centuries the city burned down six times. San-Sebastian’s development started in 1200, when the city fell under the power of the Castilian crown. However, the constant siege of the enemy ruined the city’s economy. Another period of prosperity of San Sebastian falls to the XIX century, when the regent queen Maria Christina chose this city for her summer holidays. This period has become the new starting point for the city and San Sebastian becomes a significant area for tourism business development.
1. San Sebastian is a quite expensive resort however tourists will easily find hotels and restaurants featuring quite reasonable pricing. Sport activities fans may not take their own sport … Open
The old town is represented by a set of winding streets, on which you will find cozy cafés, restaurants and bars. The central library of the city is located on the main square of San Sebastian. You will also find here a funicular, which leads to the top of Igeldo Mount, where is located the attraction park. The mountain features a magnificent view of the city, which is situated on the bank of the Urumea River. Architectural buildings of San Sebastian are mostly built in the baroque style. Tourists are also recommended to attend Miramar Palace designed by English architect Selden Wornum. The palace features wonderful views of the bay.
Among the main attractions of the city are the aquarium with a glass tunnel, from which you can see amazing marine life, the Museum of Oceanography, San Telmo museum with a collection of frescoes of the Catalan artist Josep Maria Sert, and two most beautiful bridges built across the Kursaal and Maria Cristina rivers. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Discovering the architecture of San Sebastian from bird's eye view! Palacio de Miramar, Municipality of San Sebastian, Iglesia de San Vicente, Teatro Victoria Eugenia, Anoeta Stadium, all those monuments are defining the image of San Sebastian … Open
San Sebastian is a city of festivals. The famous International Film Festival has been held here for the first time, and today the city is famous for its cultural life.

The beautiful basilica of Santa Maria del Coro is considered one of the main architectural adornments of the city nowadays. It was built in the 18th century and is a vivid example of the Baroque style. The construction of the basilica lasted more than 20 years. Its facade, decorated with stuccoes and carved elements, was perfectly preserved after hundreds of years. The church interior amazes with its luxury. It reveals unique elements of neoclassical and Gothic styles.
Urgul Mountain is interesting as a natural and historical object. The mountain is very beautiful. Its slopes are covered with lush vegetation. At the top of the mountain, you can see some great historical sites. Old castle Castillo La Mota is among them. It was built in this area as far back as the 12th century. The defensive structure survived after more than 800 years. At the beginning of the 20th century, a beautiful park was established on the top of the mountain, which is still a favorite place of rest for townspeople and tourists.
Iglesia de Santa Maria del Coro, Catedral del Buen Pastor, Castillo de La Mota, San Ignacio Church, as well as many others, they all become the world's cultural heritage objects and remain as iconic monuments for San Sebastian … Open
Not so long ago, the opening of the scientific Eureka museum took place in the city. It occupies a modern building in a futuristic manner. Here, visitors are told about the latest scientific achievements and developments. The museum's exposition includes many unique interactive exhibits. Due to the latter, it is possible to give tours, which are equally fascinating for both children and adults.
A tour to the islet of Santa Clara promises to be exciting. It's easy to reach by boat from La Concha beach. The miniature islet is a beautiful recreation area nowadays. It is overgrown with vegetation. There are many great places for hiking, a comfortable beach, cozy cafes and restaurants there.
A visit to San Sebastian, a premium Spanish resort will be of great pleasure for haute cuisine admirers. Ethnic restaurants of the resort offer their guests a rich assortment of fish dishes. … Open
Pescaderia Oianeder Arrandegia fish market occupies a beautiful historic building. It is also considered the city's important historical landmark. The opening of this market took place over a hundred years ago. As in the past, it offers customers a huge choice of fish and exotic seafood. Tourists are attracted to small restaurants, where they can taste fresh seafood. Popular delicacies are quite inexpensive.
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Reference information
Map of all castles
Survived castles around San Sebastian
♥   Castle 'Tower Zumeltzegi' Gipuzkoa, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of la Mota' San Sebastián, 1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Fort of San Marcos' Gipuzkoa, 6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Charles V' Gipuzkoa, 16.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Garaño' Navarre, 53 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around San Sebastian
♥   Natural Park 'Aiako Harria' , 16.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'Pagoeta' , 18.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'Aralar' , 37.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'Aizkorri-Aratz' , 48.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'Urkiola' , 59.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around San Sebastian from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Ladder Gastelugache

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Those who prefer extreme entertainment will have an opportunity to stroll along the stone bridge that connects the island to the mainland. This walk promises to be no less impressive than a hike through the ancient staircase to the hermit's hut. Most tourists visit Gastelugache islet in summer, and experienced travellers recommend to go on an excursion in the fall or spring, when the surrounding landscapes are particularly spectacular. … Read further
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