San Sebastian is a Spanish city that is also referred to as Donostia in Basque. This beautiful city sits right along a spectacular bay of Bahia de La Concha which is lined with majestic beaches with powdery white sand. San Sebastian also sits between 2 hills called Urgull and Igueldo. Tourists are attracted by the perfect combination of both the scenery of the sea and the hills in San Sebastian.
San Sebastian is indeed very beautiful and because of its beauty, in the 19th century Queen Maria Cristina chose it to be her place of residence during the summer months. As a result of this, more and more tourists especially celebrities and other famous people chose to spend their holidays in Sebastian. In 1887 a luxury Casino was built and the city became a luxury holiday destination. In the following years, more holiday villas and palaces were built in the city. By 1914, San Sebastian was considered to be one of the most modern cities in Europe. A lot of famous personalities visited the city in those years.
San Sebastian is known for its beautiful buildings in the Belle Époque style and most of them are found right in the heart of the city specifically along the Area Romantica just beside the river. Examples of these Belle Époque buildings are the Cathedral del Buen Pastor, the Koldo Mixelena cultural center, the Diputacion Forall de Guipuzcoa and the post office. The old casino in the city has been converted to become the city hall.
Other historical structures in the city are found in the Old Town of San. Examples of these historical structures are the San Telmo Museum, the Parroquia de San Vicente parish church and the Iglesia de Santa Maria Church.
Another great place to visit in Sebastian is the Palacio de Miramar. The palace gardens of the Royal Palace have been opened to the public and you can get a magnificent view of the bay beyond. Another place with a great view is the leisure park in Monte Igueldo up in the hills.
A holiday in San Sebastian is mostly focused on its beautiful beaches and the most beautiful and famous of them all is the Playa de la Concha. It is located near the Palacio de Miramar and is built with a balustrade and two watches that both give the place a very exclusive and elegant ambience. On the same beach are other notable structures such as the La Perla health resort and the Real Club Nautico or the Royal Nautical Club.
If you want to try some exciting water sports such as surfing then you should head to the Zurriola beach which faces the open sea so the wavers are a lot bigger. You will also find nudists in some parts of this beach.
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