GETTING TO KNOW SAN SEBASTIAN
Internationally recognized for its delicious gastronomic offerings, fascinating culture, superb beaches and legendary International Film Festival, San Sebastian is synonymous with charm and sophistication.
Many visitors come to dine in its Michelin-starred restaurants - there are no less than six of these bearing one, two or three of the coveted culinary stars in the city center. Extend the radius to 50 kilometers and the total number of Michelin awards rockets to 17. At the Hotel Maria Cristina the concierge can assist with hard-to-get restaurant reservations as well as offering great tips for more casual dining.
In the historic heart of San Sebastian you’ll find a large number of traditional bars serving up the Basque Country’s famed pintxos - local specialties, similar to tapas. Choose from dozens of varieties, featuring prawns, lobster, fried fish, Spanish omelet or chorizo. Spain’s excellent wines, particularly the local vintages, are the perfect accompaniment to the food and lively atmosphere.
Make sure you find time to wander the gentle tangle of streets to discover the town’s rich history before emerging onto the lush garden boardwalk framing the famed La Concha beach. There are also alfresco cafés, children’s play areas and a vintage carousel to enjoy. Allow the sea to entice you and take a dip before spreading your towel on the golden sand to catch some rays.
Every September San Sebastian becomes the hottest destination on the planet as famous faces from around the globe jet in for the city’s international film festival. For eight action-packed days the city is abuzz with movie stars and film aficionados who flock to this corner of Spain to sample the latest screen offerings.