Magically connected, facing the imposing presence of earth, water and the sky, Donostiam-San Sebastián, is reborn daily breathing in the sea breeze after bathing in its Cantabric sea. Full of freshness our “Bella Easo” protects it's dwellers and welcomes its visitors every morning.
By means of the noble art of strolling, deeply rooted local tradition, the following lines will take us on a tour around the most representative sites of our beautiful city; creased by the breeze...at peace.
Our starting point will be the City Centre, which is currently the heart of the commercial activity of the city. The expansion of the town was designed by the architect “Cortazar”, also known as ”The Romantic area”, it is a grid of spacious pedestrianised stately streets with an elegant architecture of palpable French influence. It boasts iconic buildings from the ”Belle Époque”; ”Victoria Eugenia” theatre and ”Maria Cristina” hotel, the Neo-Gothic cathedral of ”El Buen Pastor”, the theatre of ”Bellas Artes” and the ”Escuela de Artes y Oficios”, currently H.Q for the post office, are some examples of them. At the heart of the expansion stands the neoclassic palace home to the Provincial Government at ”Plaza de Guipuzcoa” with its beautifully cared for gardens and ponds.
Splitting the centre in two we find the ”Avenida de la Libertad”, financial stretch of the town which connects with the area of Gros to the east across the river. We will however head west where the majestic horseshoe bay of ”La Concha” opens up.