Photo; San Sebastian Tourism & Convention Bureau
About The Great Week in San Sebastian
A festival for all tastes.
During the week that marks Virgin’s Day (Aug. 15).
This Basque city in northern Spain makes a big celebratory fuss, including an International Fireworks Competition.
There are sports events, including horse races, a beach volleyball tournament and “here-kirolak” exhibitions (Basque rural sports).
On the first day, a cannon is fired at 19 at the Alderdi Eder gardens in the harbour, signalling the festivities, which include musical entertainers and daily mini parades of bands and giant puppets.
Children can also avail themselves of workshops, games and a disco.
All week, international competitors showcase their fireworks displays along the waters.
An awards ceremony occurs on the last day, ending with a fabulous, vivid musical firework display.
This pleasant resort town in Spain’s Basque Country is known for its lovely bay promenade and the two beaches: Playa de la Concha and Playa de Ondarreta.
There are some highly-venerated, world-class innovative restaurants, upscale shops and a dynamic bar scene.
Be sure to taste some of the bite-sized local specialities called pintxos in the Parte Vieja (Old Part).
Notable sites include the 1871 Bretxa Market, where you can uncover various products and fresh ingredients, Mota Castle on Mount Urgull and the aquarium that’s part of the Natural Science Museum.
Where to Stay
Set on Mount Igueldo, this picturesque hotel is minutes from the beach with a gorgeous bay vista.
There’s also an outdoor pool if you’d rather stay close to your room.
Getting to the beach requires a short ride.
The hotel is next door to the old lighthouse, where you take a cable car to Playa de la Concha Beach.