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San Sebastián (Donostia) is the capital of Gipuzkoa, one of the three provinces making up the Basque Autonomous Community. It lies to the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula, 30 kilometres from the border with France.

Donostia-San Sebastian (Basque Country) location
Donostia-San Sebastian (Basque Country) location

San Sebastián is a medium-sized city with almost 186,000 inhabitants. It is a tertiary, tourist city, eminently commercial, with strong emphasis on services and congresses. In recent years, San Sebastián has moved into the leading position among European cities, largely because of its commitment to science, technology, sustainable development and culture. By the way, it became the European Capital of Culture 2016, an opportunity to turn the focus on culture and dialogue as the roads towards improved coexistence.

Donostia / San Sebastián 2016 European Capital of Culture

Basque cuisine is internationally recognised. Particularly, the good eating of San Sebastián is a dream gastronomic destination where restaurants harbour 16 Michelin stars as a result of the excellent everyday work of the local innovating culinary artists.

Arriving to San Sebastian:

By Plane:

How to travel to Donostia-San Sebastian

Within a radius of barely 100 kilometres around San Sebastian there exist 3 airports with international flights. San Sebastian airport is 20 minutes away from the city centre (see Ekialde bus schedule info). It has shuttle flights to the main Spanish cities, Madrid and Barcelona.

Not far away are the airports of Bilbao, connected to the whole of Europe, and Biarritz, served by French, international and low-cost airlines.

  • Bilbao Airport (also called Loiu) to San Sebastian: The best connection is by bus, directly from Bilbao airport to the central bus station in Donostia-San Sebastian. Connections are every hour and it takes around 70 min (See timetables of PESA Company).
  • Biarritz Airport to San Sebastian: The best option is to take the bus number 6 or a taxi to the city center of Biarritz and then take a bus (See timetables of PESA Company) next to the tourist office directly to the central bus station in Donostia-San Sebastian. You can also take a train to Hendaye (See more info of SNCF) and then a train (See more info of EUSKOTREN) to the center of Donostia-San Sebastian.

By Train:

There is a good TGV service to Hendaye (See more info of SNCF), including from London St. Pancras. From Hendaye to San Sebastian take Eusko Tren (See more info of EUSKOTREN). There is also a train service from Lisboa. Check schedules of RENFE.

By Car:

The city is connected to the rest of Spain and to France by National Road N1/AP1 (Madrid-Irun), the A-8 (Bilbao-Irun) and A-63 (Paris-Irun) motorways, and the A-15 trunk road (Pamplona-San Sebastian). Nearly all areas of the city can be accessed on one of these highways.

The Conference

The conference will take place in the Aquarium, an emblematic building dating from 1928, which stands in one of San Sebastián’s most picturesque spots, the harbour, right next to the Old Town.

Aquarium building
Aquarium's Location

How to reach the Aquarium:

From Amara or city center:

The bus lines 21, 26 or 28 take you every 5 min (See buses timetables) to the Boulevard Avenue (red arrow), about 15 minutes from the Aquarium through a picturesque ride.

You can also just go walking, around 30 min walk.

Lines of bus to reach the Aquarium