San Sebastián is a city and a municipality located in northern Spain and is part of the Basque Country, 20 kilometres from the French border.
Its main economic activities are trade, tourism and international events such as the International Film Festival of San Sebastián. San Sebastián will be the European Capital of Culture in 2016 along with Breslavia.
ART AND CULTURE
- Aquarium: The San Sebastián Aquarium is located on the docks near the Paseo Nuevo. It has an important collection of marine life, and has been recently expanded with a walkway that goes around a large fish tank
- San Telmo Museum: Municipal museum located in an old 16th century convent. It was reopened in 2011 after a long process of refurbishment and renovation. It houses a fine art collection dating back to the 20th century, as well as archealogical, ethnographic and design objects
- Tabacalera: Old tobacco factory and soon to be headquarters of the International Centre of Contemporary Culture
- Chillida-Leku Museum: Located in the neighbouring town of Hernani, housing the largest collection of work by local sculptor Eduardo Chillida. One of the most important tourist attractions in the city, although currently closed due to financial reasons, causing great local controversy
- Cemento Rezola Museum: Located in the district of Añorga, opposite the Rezola Cement Factory. Building designed by architect Luis Peña Ganchegi. The main theme is the rise and importance of cement in western civilisation
- Eureka Science Museum: Located in the San Sebastián technological park (Miramón). A space dedicated for all comers: with a large permanent collection equipped with 160 interactive modules, the latest digital planetarium and a room with big dipper, F1 and flight simulators, etc.
THE CITY WITH THE MOST MICHELIN STARS
- Gastronomy is one of the city’s major tourist attractions. Representatives of the New Basque Cuisine include prestigious chefs such as Juan María Arzak, Pedro Subijana and Martín Berasategui, all of which have three Michelin stars and restaurants in San Sebastián. Also popular are the many pintxos bars in the old quarter, works of culinary art in miniature
- The Mugaritz Restaurant is currently considered as one of the best 35 restaurants in the world. It is between Astigarraga and Rentería a mere 10 kms from the centre of San Sebastián