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  • Kursaal Palace illuminated. Donostia-San Sebastián

'The pearl of the Cantabrian Sea'. This is the name given to this beautiful city which is famous for its La Concha bay, sculptures like the 'Peine del Viento', and monuments such as the Kursaal, the venue for the San Sebastián International Film Festival.Read more...

What to see You'll find the sculpture known as the 'Peine del Viento' or 'Wind Comb' standing at the foot of Monte Igeldo and at the end of the Ondarretaarreta beach. This is one of the best-known works by the brilliant sculptor Eduardo Chillida, and the backdrop of the crashing waves and the sea spray, the various sounds and the views all combine to make an impressive sight. Other things to do include a visit to the Miramar Palace and a stroll along the seafront promenade beside La Concha beach. This will lead you to the Town Hall at the entrance to the old quarter, which contains monuments like the Basilica of Santa María del Coro. Another option is to go around Monte Urgull along the Rompeolas area. The views are spectacular. We also recommend a visit to the cathedral of El Buen Pastor and the Victoria Eugenia theatre. When you cross the María Cristina bridge to the other side of the river you'll find the modern Kursaal building designed by Rafael Moneo. Gastronomy San Sebastián is home to some of the most famous restaurants in Spain. A mouth-watering experience is to go from bar to bar in the old quarter sampling the delicious 'pintxos' (miniature gourmet canapés), accompanied by 'txakolí' (the local wine) or cider. Enquire in the tourist office about organised gastronomic activities. Other ideas For a really memorable sunset, take the funicular railway up to the top of Monte Igeldo.

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San Sebastián

San Sebastián