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Where is Donostia-San Sebastian?

Donostia is also known as San Sebastian. It is one of the many coastal and tourist cities that lie within the Basque Autonomous Community in Spain. The fact that the city hosts the San Sebastian International Film Festival is the reason why tourists want to learn more and more about where is Donostia and what does it offer?
The city lies on the north of the Basque Country and towards the southern coast of the Bay of Biscay. It is approximately 12 miles from the French border. Donostia has a prominent shoreline that makes it one of the most popular beach resorts in southern Spain.

The sunny seaside is not the only interesting feature of San Sebastian. The area is surrounded by (and provides an easy access to) the prominent hills of Spain. These include the romantic Mount Ulia, the historical Mount Adarra in the east and the proud and mighty Igledo that overlooks the bay from the west.The bay area sits near the mouth of the Urumea River. This makes it a popular centre of culture, arts and recreation. San Sebastian area, along with another city in Poland, is well on its way to being declared the European Capital of Culture in 2016.

If you are traveling towards downtown, check out the famous Euskal Jaiak. This Basque Festival is held every winter, where residents and tourists unite in traditional costumes and enjoy talo, txakoli and other cider drinks while dancing to the hymn of button accordion music. Geoparque de la Costa Vasca, the town of Mutriku, Deba and Zumaia are some of the most prominent geological sites in the region. Cantabrian coast also has a renowned geopark that offers breathtaking views of the natural and cultural heritage of Donostia.

Where is Donostia’s art and architecture hub? At San Telmo Museum, of course! It combines tradition with modern sophistication and has several must-see exhibits for all history lovers. These include all artifacts from the first inhabitants of Donostia, all the way to the post industrial revolution collector items.

Calle 31 de Agosto is another historical landmark. It is reminiscent of the Napoleon era, when San Sebastian was under French rule. The area was burnt down during the French invasion, except for 35 oddly-designed houses. Walking down the crooked roads gives one an eerie feeling that the enemies are still at the gates. All these cultural, natural and historical sites, along with an active nightlife, cafes and shopping malls make Donostia one of the most preferred tourist destinations in Spain.