Known as Donostia by its Basque residents, San Sebastian sits on the sculpted Cantabrian coastline overlooking the Bay of Biscay on Spain’s north Atlantic coast. It has a long and distinguished history, and for a while back in the late 19th century was one of the wealthiest cities in Spain, thanks to the patronage of the Royal Family, who built their summer residence here.
San Sebastian is no slouch today, either. With a couple of world-class museums; beautiful, safe and sandy beaches; an atmospheric Old Town; a masterpiece of contemporary architecture in the Kursaal auditorium; and a buzzing nightlife, the city is a dynamic and ever-popular vacation destination. If that wasn't enough to draw visitors in by the thousands, San Sebastian is currently flying high as one of Europe’s foremost culinary hotspots, even thrashing Barcelona as Spain’s capital of gastronomy. And the delight of eating out in San Sebastian is the sheer number and range of options, from Michelin-starred temples of food right down the scale to local zinc bars doing a roaring trade in tapas and pinxtos.