Donostia /San Sebastian
The capital city of Gipuzkoa has a strategic location: facing the Bay of Biscay and settled around the unforgettable La Concha Bay. With 180,000 inhabitants, it is a place where the sea, mountains, and rivers merge with a regular urban architecture with sober buildings equal in height. In sum, a conjunction of natural landscape and architecture that provides the city with a look that, nevertheless, cannot hide the imprint of its historic past.
This spot with a long tourist and cosmopolitan tradition -during the summer, above all- offers a warm climate with mild winters, pleasant summers and an average temperature of 22ºC, making it a calm and special destination for visitors.
The city meets the three essential features for selecting a meeting and incentive destination: good connections and easy access, hotel infrastructure and quality services, and a complete cultural, sports, and leisure offer.
The cultural and leisure programming completes the charm of this city and allows the congress participant to know other issues on this setting ‘after work’. There is no doubt that the city is a successful alternative for all tastes throughout the whole year and at any time of day. Music, sports and shows gather during the Music Fortnight, the Semana Grande (Big Week), the International Firework Festival, the horse races, the Jazz Festival, the rowing-boat races, the International Film Festival or the Tamborrada (Drum Festival); all of them annual events that have an increasing participation and life.
The Old Part, with narrow streets preserving the old medieval layout, is the most attractive pedestrian area, offering a high number of restaurants and bars, with tempting pintxos (tapas), small shops, and historical monuments.
In addition, San Sebastian has respected the environmental setting, taking care of its beaches and parks. La Concha Bay allows practising all kind of water sports, enjoying the different entertainments organised on it, or simply exercising through its 7 kilometres from the iron sculpture ‘The Wind Comb’, by E. Chillida, skirting the beaches of Ondarreta and La Concha, to the Zurriola Beach.
But this city is also the birthplace of Basque haute cuisine, with restaurants dotting the city and its surroundings: the highest concentration of Michelin stars.