San Sebastian

Spain’s answer to Monte Carlo is more charming than ever thanks to the gastronomic and cultural renaissance it is going through. Situated on the Bay of Biscay, between Bilbao and Biarritz, the jewel of the Basque country attracts visitors with its Michelin starred restaurants and charms surf lovers with its beautiful sandy beach of La Concha. One could catch the best panoramic views of this magnificent coastline from the hills called Monte Iguel and Monte Urgull. The city is called "Donostia" in Basque language and Parte Vieja (the Old Town) is where you would find most of the nightlife and good restaurants; Centro (the city center) around the cathedral is where you would see the Belle Époque architectural gems and grand palaces; while Gros district along the Zurriola Beach is the youthful face of the city with its surfing culture and small interesting shops. Don’t forget to savour the pintxos, the Basque version of tapas at one of several pintxo bars concentrated in Parte Vieja, and to book a table at one of the inspiring chef restaurants that are redefining the New Basque Cuisine with the best local ingredients. The prestigious The San Sebastián International Film Festival (September) held since 1953 is another good reason to be there.

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