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Belle Epoque architecture, San Sebastian sights, Basque Country, North Spain

San Sebastian sights include the shapely Belle Epoque architecture. Almost everyone in this Basque city lives in an apartment, houses are very rare.

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A typical arcade beside Plaza de Gipuzkoa, Centro, San Sebastian sights, Basque Country, North Spain

A typical arcade beside Plaza de Gipuzkoa, Centro.

Plaza de Gipuzkoa and the Gipuzkoa Government Building, San Sebastian sights, Basque Country, North Spain

Plaza de Gipuzkoa and the Gipuzkoa Government Building.

Calle Mayor and the cathedral of Buen Pastor, Centro, San Sebastian sights, Basque Country, North Spain

One of a dozen Centro pedestrian streets.

Don Quixote and Sancho Panza fountain in Parque Alderdi Eder, Centro, San Sebastian sights, Basque Country, North Spain

Don Quixote and Sancho Panza fountain in Parque Alderdi Eder, Centro.

Trivia: Panza means ‘paunch’ in Spanish.
More trivia: Quixote was an hidalgo, a member of Spanish nobility. Hidalgo is a contraction of ‘Hija de Algo’, meaning The Son of Someone. Well, I’m the son of someone too.

Siesta Time

Don’t forget that the traditional Spanish day, that is also observed here in a slightly more relaxed fashion, runs roughly 9. 30am – 1. 30pm/2. 30pm, followed by lunch+siesta (shops close apart from supermarkets) then 4. 30pm/5. 30pm – 8pm. This does take a little adjustment as cooked food is unlikely to be prepared before 1pm (so it’s boccadillos/sandwiches for lunch then! ) or 8pm+ for dinner. Many locals start dinner after 10pm.

Puente Zurriola with Palacio de Congresos Kursaal, San Sebastian sights, Basque Country, North Spain

Puente Zurriola in Gros, with the daylight-hideous Palacio de Congresos Kursaal looking way better with the lights on. I believe this is the default lighting, with more exciting variations available according local events/festivities.

Maria Cristina Hotel and the Victoria Eugenie Theatre seen from Zurriola Bridge, San Sebastian sights, Basque Country, North Spain

Maria Cristina Hotel (left) and the Victoria Eugenie Theatre seen from Zurriola Bridge.

Paseo de la Concha lit up at night, San Sebastian - Donostia, Basque Country, North Spain

San Sebastian’s Paseo de la Concha lit up at night.

Getting There

The nearest airports to Donostia are Biarritz in France (50 kms, with no border to cross, taking just under an hour) and Bilbao (100 kms, taking about 1 hour on the Autopista).
However there are apparently no direct trains or buses between San Sebastian and Biarritz so look for an airport transfer service (there are a couple) or be prepared to change buses/trains a few times en route. From Donostia to Bilbao there is a 70min bus service (PESA).
Buses are also plentiful to Madrid, Barcelona, Pamplona, Santander, Burgos and Santiago de Compostela.