San Sebastian Travel Guide

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San Sebastian Overview

Reputed to offer one of the best beaches in the entirety of Europe, San Sebastian (officially known as Donostia-San Sebastián) is one of those dream destinations that offers a combination of surfing, sunbathing, and utter luxury at one of the resorts that make up the beach-front scene. Combine that with the fact that the city itself is a major railway hub with lines throughout Spain as well as to Portugal and France and you have a recipe for success that is simply beyond belief.

Located on the southern coast of the Bay of Biscay in the northern region of Basque Country, the city has long been a major player for the region. From the ancient Roman settlement to the monastery of St. Sebastian, established in 1014, to the original charter that was granted in 1150 and the subsequent growth since then, San Sebastian is a cultural hotspot for more than just tourists. This is one of Spain's major hangouts, and outside of the beaches and the surfing there is the picturesque Basque countryside, the majesty of the buildings throughout the old sections of the city, and plenty of wine and food to keep even the most ravenous traveler well supplied.

The main activity for the majority of visitors is surfing, as well as simply enjoying the beaches. However, outside of the water sports there is an entire ancient city to explore, and Old Town is packed full of various architectural wonders dating back over the centuries. The surrounding countryside is also the perfect place for hiking, cycling, or simply driving around in a car enjoying the views, so it really is up to you as to what it is that you want to experience while visiting. Make no mistake, San Sebastian is a popular tourist destination, so if you come here in the peak summer months be prepared for dealing with large crowds, but regardless of what time of year you decide to come there is always plenty going on and lots to see.