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We went to Donostia-San Sebastián in early June. It is the European Capital of Culture for 2016.

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Historically, it is a resort town, located in the Basque Autonomous Community, an area with its own local language – Euskara (basque in basque)apparently unrelated to any other languages in Europe.

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For several days, the sky was overcast and judging by the number of bathers on the beach, the sea might be a bit cold (we did not try the water ourselves).

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Mount Igeldo and  Santa Clara island in a distance.

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This is after all the Northern coast of Spain and not the sunnier Mediterranean side.

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It has one of the best in-city beaches in Europe. The beach is flat and deep.

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One can sunbathe and swim right next to major historical buildings and churches.

Zurriola Plage

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La Concha Plage, Mont Urgull in the background

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La baie de La Concha and La Concha Plage

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Paseo de la Concha

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At the eastern end of the Paseo and the beach.

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The city sits at the mouth of the River Urumea. Zurriola Bridge and mouth of the Urumea.

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The Kursaal Congress Centre and Auditorium was designed by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo and completed in 1999. It is the home of the San Sebastian International Film Festival.

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The complex is stunning at night. During the day, it is a bit of a contrast from the 19th century buildings in the area.  But it’s not an eyesore since it is really isolated on the waterfront.

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We would love to spend more time here and enjoy the festivities of the European Capital of Culture but we had to do a day trip to the nearby Bilbao – posts to come soon.

The city has a great website here if you plan to visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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