Rising majestically above the vivacious historic city center of San Sebastian, Hotel Maria Cristina is supremely surrounded by promenades and gardens. This landmark building is situated between the white sand beaches and colorful buildings of La Concha and La Zurriola and in front of the Urumea River and Victoria Eugenia Theatre. Just opposite—on the other side of the river—is the Kursaal Congressional Palace. Three surrounding hills, Mount Urgull, the Castillo de la Mota, and the Mount Igueldo, delineate the city limits.
As the capital of Gipuzkoa, San Sebastian is a city where visitors co-exist seamlessly with the approximately 180,000 locals who frequent the city’s esteemed restaurants, world-class casino, and Zubieta Race Track. The vast selection of cultural activities includes year-round options San Telmo Museum, Balenciaga Museum and the Aquarium. Annual head-line events are the International Film Festival, Musical Fortnight, and Jazz Festival. The Fantasy and Horror Film Festival and Theatre Festival are exciting options for the adventurous. Gipuzkoa is also a recent discovery of the golf world. The winding Cantabric coast lined with small fishing villages, beaches, cliffs, and rocky coves presents a contrasting landscape perfect for the picturesque sport.
As a result of an astonishing 16 Michelin stars bestowed upon San Sebastian restaurants, culinary aficionados congregate here to sample distinctive Basque cuisine.
Our Concierge recommends the following as distinct local spots and activities:
• El Peine de los Vientos: An incomparable stop at the foot of Mount Igeldo.
• Walking Around: A simple stroll around San Sebastian, referred to as the pearl of the Cantabric Sea, is unforgettable.
• The Old Quarter: The perfect place for authentic shopping, this area is also home to the best bars, which serve the city’s famous Pintxos, small portions of food particular to Basque Country.
• Surrounding Area: The nearby towns of Getaria, Pasajes San Juan, and Fuenterrabia are exceptional cultural excursions, as are the French towns San Juan De Luz, Biarritz, and Hendaya.
The official language of San Sebastian is Spanish. The currency is the Euro and the electrical system is standard European 220 Volt.
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