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Explore the stunning city of San Sebastian and discover five neighbourhoods, four sculptures, three beaches two emblematic plazas and a river. The coastal city of San Sebastian named after the monastery of San Sebastian, began in 1181, when it was given self-governing status by King Sancho VI Garcés of Pamplona. At the turn of the 13th century, the town was taken by the King of Castile, Alfonso VIII. He allowed the autonomous charter to continue, and soon the town saw an influx of Gascon-speaking colonisers. This migration left a permanent imprint on San Sebastian's character. Now the city has four main centres, the Old Town, the South, the Eastern headland, and the Area Romantica, where you can find beautiful 19th century old buildings.
Living in San Sebastian, you are only a short walk from the beach, so when classes finish, you can sunbathe and swim before you head out for tapas and beer. The city is small, cosy, and easy to explore on foot and discover its attractions without the hassle of planning transportation.
There is plenty to keep you busy when you study in San Sebastian. Take a stroll down the promenade and enjoy the views across the beautiful turquoise waters of the bay. The most scenic area is perhaps La Concha Beach, a truly picturesque strip of sand. You can also take the 10-minute boat ride to the port of Isla Santa Clara. There are two main beaches in the city, each on either side of the river. La Zurriola is recommended if you enjoy surfing and other wave sports. La Concha is the larger beach and ideal for lounging, sunbathing, and swimming.
It’s worth checking out the San Telmo Museo, which has a stunning refurbished 16th century Dominican convent. Within this gorgeous historic building you will find an impressive collection of artefacts and Basque artwork. You can also take the funicular up to the top of Monte Igueldo, where you are offered amazing views of the harbour, town, and lighthouse. Or perhaps take the short and relatively easy hike up to the statue of Christ on top of the mountain between the two beaches. It takes about an hour but there’s a bar along the way if you need to stop and take a break.
The old town of San Sebastian is known for having the highest concentration of bars in the world. Formed with narrow streets and located at the foot of the Mount Urgull. This city is not just about stunning beaches, green mountains, and fascinating museums, it also has a reputation as a great party scene. A remarkable sunset ushers in the beginning of a bustling and busy night at the bars, pubs, and nightclubs,
If you love to shop, you’ll be right at home in San Sebastian, as it’s a very stylish city. The old town, known as La Parte Vieja, is filled with cool boutiques that offer elegant designer fashions and unique items of clothing and shoes.
No international experience is complete without trying the local cuisine, you might even pick up a few culinary skills while you study here. Basque cuisine is wide-ranging and varied, with ingredients sourced from the Cantabrian sea and from local gardens and farms. The key is the use of seasonal top-quality produce. Quality produce is the only standard you can expect not only from markets but specialised food shops and supermarkets. One of San Sebastian’s gastronomy treasures is its famous pintxos, small bite sized foods held together with a cocktail stick.