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When many think of San Sebastian, they think of food due to the city's culinary creations that draws in foodies from around the world. But it has even more to offer than just delicious dishes, as it is a city steeped in culture, tradition, and beauty. Why not see for yourself?


San Sebastian Gastronomika

With its world famous reputation for some of the most inventive and unique dishes around, it should come as no surprise that San Sebastian hosts a four day food festival each year. The San Sebastian Gastronomika-Euskadi Basque Country Festival sees restauranteurs from around the world come to exhibit their dishes for visitors to the festival, including Brazilian, Chilean, and Indonesian to name but a few. There are, of course, lots of tasting sessions to get involved with for foodies and industry professionals alike, but if you’re thinking of trying your hand in the culinary industry this is the place to start as a wide variety of talks are also on offer to visitors. Keep an eye on their website for updates about upcoming festivals, as well as seeing past exhibitors at the festival. Time to tuck in!

San Sebastian International Film Festival

The world famous San Sebastian International Film Festival began in 1952, and since then the event has grown in size and now recognises some of the biggest names in the industry with the prestigious Donostia Award. Winners of the award have included the likes of Julia Roberts, Sir Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, and Dame Judi Dench. Not only does the award aim to honor people who have made outstanding contributions to the world of film, but it draws in film makers, producers and film lovers from all over the world. The festival is not just aimed at those involved in the film industry however - you can catch upcoming films, talks, workshops and even movies for children at the festival. There really is something to see for everyone.

Semana Grande

This huge festival held in August, is also known as Great Week, and is jam packed full of different activities and events to attend. One of the biggest parts of Semana Grande is the International Firework Competition - whilst you can see if from all over the city, the main event is on the Paseo de la Concha where companies from around the world compete to put on dazzling displays. You’ll also be able to see live music concerts, sports events such as swimming, horse racing, and beachvolleyball, and oddities such as huge moving figurines on stilts wandering the city. Get immersed in the weird and wondrous atmosphere of Semana Grande for an experience you’ll never forget!

Donostia Kultra

If you’re not entirely sure what kind of event is for you, check out Donostia Kultra which provides updates on what’s on in San Sebastian. As well as covering bigger events such as the International Film Festival, it also provides details of events such as firework displays, carnivals, other festivals, and even events at various attractions.