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San Sebastian Travel

Feb 25, 2008
San Sebastian offers the perfect combination of city, beach and mountains
It is a safe, friendly, medium-sized, walk able city with of friendly, helpful people and interesting architecture.

Living in San Sebastián, which is also called Donostia, in Basque language with the population of about 180.000 inhabitants, is cultural capital of Spanish Basque Country. It is situated on Cantabrian Coast a few 20 kilometres away from French border; it has a very gentle climate. Local ordinances don't allow establishment of the industries or else factories in city limits so the city doesn't have any pollution problems also is very clean.

La Concha Bay with its beach is very picturesque. Located in the middle of bay is island of the Santa Clara that is flanked on the both sides by the two promontories, the Mount Urgull plus the Mount Igueldo, from that magnificent panoramic sight of the entire Metropolitan Area can also be enjoyed. On the Mount Igueldo there is the small Amusement Park as well as a little Zoo.

San Sebastián is as well endowed with the interesting monuments, the museums and parks plus so on. Many were also built during the control of the Queen María Cristina, who also prepared the San Sebastián in summer holidays during Belle Époque. From that time, the city has also become the tourist resort of the high standards. Amongst its monument are also be found in the Miramar Palace, former summer residence of Queen, the Cathedral, was built in neogothic style, Basilica of Santa María del Coro of the baroque style, Victoria Eugenia Theatre as well as the María Cristina Hotel. National plus international competitions are often held in velodrome as well as in sports complex of the Anoeta. On the outer edge of the town fine, the Racing Track Lasarte is also to be found.

Not far from the San Sebastián visitors may also enjoy the Sierra de Aralar, the mountain range of the great ecological value where the monuments from Bronze Age plus roads built by Romans a few two thousand years ago that are also to be found. This Sierra has lots of peaks that make an excellent winter resort for the hiking as well as cross-country skiing.

San Sebastián is as well in the easy reach of Pyrenees with all its famous mountains, the passes as well as ski resorts. The San Sebastián has lots of mountaineering clubs that bear out mountain climbing tradition typical of Basque Country. The Various Basque expeditions also have climbed the uppermost peaks in world in the recent years, including the Mount Everest.

Another Basque institution is music. There are lots of choirs, the impressive being El Orfeón Donostiarra, of the international fame.

Well communicated with the Madrid, London plus Paris, San Sebastian is lively city of the around 185,000 inhabitants, various 16,500 of whom are the university students. As cultural capital of Basque country, it has the wide range of the cultural offerings. San Sebastian is the model of the good urban design as well as has also set in the beautiful landscape that means it is often compared to Rio de Janeiro San Sebastian is the excellent base for the excursions to near fishing villages, the mountains, including skiing in Pyrenees, and the Guggenheim Museum.
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