In the Nord of Spain you can find the city San Sebastian that has been named the cultural capital of Europe in 2016. San Sebastian is the capital of the Provence Gipuzkoa and counts around 186.000 inhabitants, also named the Donostians. Because San Sebastian is located in the Basque Autonomous Community, they don’t only speak Spanish but also Basque. The summers aren’t so hot because the city is located in the north, perfect for a small city trip! See here the hotspots in San Sebastian
Let’s check the hotspots in San Sebastian
San Sebastian is a small town but has a lot to offer. The city has a lot of events throughout the year. For instance, jazz festivals, international firework competition and carnival. Besides the events you can enjoy other hotspots in San Sebastian!
1) The most beautiful view on the Monte Igueldo. On this hill you have the most perfect view over the city. Unfortunately, you have to pay to visit the Monte Igueldo but trust me, it’s worth it! You can go to the top of the hill by foot or by car, but I recommend taking the local tram. This saves you from getting tired legs or the endless search for a parking spot.
2) Go surf on Zurriola Beach. Do you like to catch a wave? On Zurriola Beach you can find the perfect waves! This beach is really popular especially among students. In the night they eat and drink something on the beach, a perfect spot to get to know some new people! Besides surfing you could also go jet skiing or go canoeing.
3) Food! After a day of surfing or exploring the city you could use some dinner. In San Sebastian they love food. Like every part of Spain there are tapas but here you also have pintxos/pinchos. In the streets of parte Vieja you can find a lot of cozy pintxos bars. Also, there are a lots of food truck festivals throughout the year where you can taste all sorts of food. A famous hotspots in San Sebastian: Every Thursday night you at the Gastro pote is an foodtruck event in the Mercado San Martin.
4) Going out in San Sebastian. San Sebastian is rich of many bars and night clubs. The two nicest places where you can find bars and night clubs are in the districts Gros and Illumbe. For most of the clubs you don’t have to pay entrance what is quite special in Spain. In Illumbe you can party till the sun rises and if you aren’t tired yet, you could go to the beach for the afterparty!
Tip: Try the drink: Kalimotxo, a mix of coke and red wine. The drink of the Donostians!