Together with Wrocław in Poland, the city was chosen by the European Parliament to be a European Cultural Capital for 2016. The choice was influenced by its long cultural tradition and a consistently interesting range of leisure options for all tastes and ages.
A summer resort for the European aristocracy
In the last 200 years San Sebastián has undeniably become a top-flight tourist destination. Thanks to its size, with a population of barely 200,000, and its fantastic location, all types of accommodation record good occupancy levels throughout the year. The cultural life of San Sebastián is impressive, and remarkable for a city of this size, and goes hand in hand with unique gastronomy and an enviable location on the shores of the Cantabrian Sea with the mountains nearby.
A setting with a unique blend of contrasts
With its combination of small hills, stately buildings and sea San Sebastián is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful capitals in the world. The impressive Bahía de la Concha, a bay whose colour changes with the light, protected by the island of Santa Clara and flanked by the Igeldo and Urgull hills, is one of local residents'most loved spots.
Aristocratic cultural legacy
San Sebastián began as a fishing village, growing to become a trading city with an important strategic military role. In 1813 it was destroyed completely in a battle. After this it developed as a city providing services and was chosen by Isabella II as a summer holiday location.
Consequently, it became an exclusive destination frequented by numerous European aristocrats, who commissioned some of the city's most beautiful buildings, including the Gran Casino (today home to the City Council), the Palacio de Miramar, summer residence of the Court, and the bridges over the Urumea.
Unique gourmet destination
The fact that accommodation in San Sebastián is in such demand is largely due to its gastronomy. The quality of its cuisine is renowned worldwide, making it the city with the greatest number of Michelin stars per square metre.
High standards of accommodation
The city's hotels have benefited greatly from its gastronomy, location and spectacular cultural offerings. In San Sebastián accommodation of a very high standard is available throughout the year, one of the best hotels in Donostia undoubtedly being the Silken Amara Plaza. This is a 4-star hotel situated near the River Urumea, at the entrance to the city. It offers guests a magnificent location and top quality rooms and service, making it an excellent choice to experience the city at its best.
At our hotel in Guipúzcoa you will find excellent special offers with unbeatable terms for you to enjoy the city. Discounts, activities for the family, special deals for couples, treatment, gastronomy, etc. The Silken Amara Plaza updates its list of offers constantly, so any time is good for a break in this spectacular city