The city of San Sebastian extends along a bay of white sand between the mountains Urgull and Igeldo, overlooking the La Concha Bay. Mountain Igeldo limits one of its boundaries and at its bottom there is the Punta Torrepea with “El peine del viento”, The comb of the wind, a group of sculptures by the famous Basque artist Eduardo Chillida. Here starts the Ondarreta Beach, the place chosen by Queen Maria Cristina (XIXth century) to build the Palace of Miramar, the summer residence of the royal family.
A beautiful seafront promenade with elegant balustrades and lampposts running along the La Concha Beach where we can find the spa resort of La Perla del Océano. Further on, we arrive at the old Casino, now the Town Hall. Between the sea and the river Urumea, is the old town and, on the way to Mountain Urgull, the marina and the fishermen district. On the summit of Mountain Urgull stand the Castle of La Mota and a representation of the Sacred Heart. In the most ancient part of San Sebastian we can find the churches of San Vicente and of Santa María del Coro, and the Museum of San Telmo. These lively streets take us to the porch square of the Constitution. Among its balconies, numbered and painted yellow revealing its origin as a bullring, stands the former Neoclassical Town Hall, converted into the Municipal Library. The Alameda of the Boulevard is the entrance to the romantic city that arose after the demolition of the old walls. By the Urumea we can see the Theatre Victoria Eugenia and the Hotel María Cristina. We can also find the Cathedral of San Sebastian and the Buen Pastor built in Neogothic style. Again, on the riverside, there are many stately homes of the early XXth century leading to the Maria Cristina Bridge, the most monumental of the bridges that cross the river. Four lampposts of the sculptor Marià Benlliure light the way up to the railway station designed by Eiffel. On this side of the river there are the modern districts of Eguía and Gros. At the Gros beach is the modern structure of the Kursaal, designed by the architect Rafael Moneo. San Sebastián is a cosmopolitan city with a strong Basque personality as is evidenced by its cultural events. The tamborrada or the Semana Grande, with the rowing regattas, speaks of tradition, while the prestigious film and jazz festivals speak of its international vocation. Basque cuisine has an international prestige thanks to the quality of the raw materials and the knowhow of its cooks, with a traditional repertoire as well as imaginative. Some of the most well-known restaurants in Spain can be found in San Sebastián. Recipes made with the products of vegetable gardens, fish, seafood always go together with the xacolí of Guetaria/Guetariako Txakolina, with its own denomination of origin.