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The city of San Sebastian

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San Sebastian or Donostia in the Basque language is a small and charming resort town located on the shores of the Bay of Biscay close to the French border. This city has a rich and colorful history and, like its French neighbors lived a golden age of tourism in the late 19th century until WW I. It has been visited by royalty and international personalities like Queen Maria Cristina, Mata Hari, Leon Trotsky and Maurice Ravel have called San Sebastian their vacation home. To this day, San Sebastian continues to attract people from all over the world looking to sample some of the best food Spain has to offer or enjoy strolling a city that has blended old and new while maintaining its stately essence.

Because of San Sebastian's size it is very easy to get around on foot and explore all of its neighborhoods. If you prefer to move around on bike, San Sebastian has a network of over 15 miles (25 km.) of bike paths snaking throughout the city. The city has a metro network that connects to other neighboring cities including Hendaye in France where you can take a TGV to Paris! Of course, San Sebastian also has an excellent bus network that even works around the clock on Fridays and Saturdays.

Fiestas and celebrations in San Sebastian

Like any Spanish city, San Sebastian has a calendar full of year round festivities. Every 20th of January San Sebastian wakes to sound of drummers drumming throughout the city during the Tamborrada. Over 125 drum clubs march through the city some elegantly attired as soldiers from Naploneonic times and others in chefs clothing including the traditional chef's toque. This two day celebration is one of the most dramatic and picturesque fiestas in Spain. Los Caldereros is a fiesta linked to the celebration of Carnival. During this celebration people will dress in outrageous costumes and sing and dance in the street while going from bar to bar.

In August, Basque Country celebrated the Semana Grande or Big Week. This week long festival is a party for young and old with parties in the streets and a full cultural agenda with concerts, theater performances and bullfights. Basque Week takes place in September and is a celebration of Basque traditions and autochthonous sports. Santo Tomas is held every December 21 and celebrates the pastoral roots of the Basque people. In this celebration, stalls are erected all over the Old City and traditional arts and crafts are sold while locals arrive and mingle in traditional farm clothing.

These are just some examples of the traditions and celebrations waiting for you to get to know. In San Sebastian you will find a great blend of cultures, languages and friendly people.