San Sebastian - Donostia


Donostia is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain with its historic Old Town, and lively tapas bars, ideal for surfers, walkers and food lovers


Why San Sebastian - Donostia is the best city to live and study Spanish in the Basque Country, Spain

  • Tripadvisor has awarded La Concha beach in San Sebastian, Donostia, as the best beach in Europe for two years in a row, in 2017 and 2018, and the 6th best beach in the World.
  • San Sebastian enjoys a perfect location for exploring the Basque Country, and southwestern France, an inviting, walkable, lovely coastal city with rich culture, cuisine, and outdoor activities.
  • It is easy to get around Donosti; many students walk or cycle to the school.
  • San Sebastian’s spectacular natural setting and culinary delights have made it a mecca for tourists looking for a beautiful vacation spot with wonderful food.
  • San Sebastian has always been revered for its soft, picturesque beaches, but it has transcended into a hub for surfers throughout Europe and the world over the past few decades.
  • Donostiarras love surfing in Playa de Zurriola; it is always busy with surfers trying to catch the waves.

Most popular sights, tourist attractions, and things to do and see in San Sebastian - Donostia

  • Aquarium San Sebastian.
  • Basílica de Santa Maria del Coro.
  • Beach La Concha.
  • Beach Ondarreta.
  • Beach Zurriola, Surfers' Beach.
  • Buen Pastor's Cathedral.
  • Faro de la Plata ( Mountain- sea coast trail).
  • International Jazz Festival in July.
  • Miramar Royal Palace.
  • Miramon Science Museum.
  • Monte Urgull & Monte Ulía: Historic Sites & Nature Walks.
  • Mount Ulia.
  • Old Town.
  • Parque de Aiete: Public Park and Venue for Cultural Events.
  • San Telmo Museum.
  • Santa Clara Island.
  • Scenic Views and Amusement Park on Monte Igueldo.

Most important events and festivals in San Sebastian - Donostia

  • San Sebastian´s Day, 20th January.
  • Tinker Parade, 1st weekend of February.
  • Carnival, February.
  • The burial of the sardine – Carnival parade, February.
  • dFERIA - Arts Festival in March.
  • Human Rights Film Festival, April.
  • Jazzaldia - Jazz Festival, end of July.
  • Musical Fortnight, August.
  • Semana Grande, August.
  • Fiesta del 31st August.
  • Euskal Jaiak, first week September.
  • San Sebastian International Film Festival, Last week, September.
  • All Saints Day, 1st November.
  • Behobia – San Sebastian Half Marathon, November.
  • Santa Lucia Fair, 13th December.
  • Santo Tomas, 21st December.
  • Olentzero, 24th December.


CitySan Sebastian - Donostia
Population (hab)187,415
Altitude (m.a.s.l.)17

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Lacunza International House San Sebastián

Lacunza International House San Sebastián

Spanish school in Donosti Lacunza IH San Sebastian with more than 60 years (third family generation) specialized in language teaching