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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.