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    San Sebastian has converted during the last years in an example as a turistic destiny in all the world... It has been a visitors explosion that has come from all around the world, especially from english lenguage countries like USA or Australia. But it has not been exclusive of this countries... there are others like France, Rusia or China from has come visitors to taste the gastronomy or to have a bath in La Concha beach. But... what are the reasons of this growth? There is not one reason.... the truth is that San Sebastian has been, historically, a turistic destiny of the spanish high society. But, the terrorism stopped that image as touristic destiny. But, with the end of the terrorism came the growth and then, the explosion... and that has bring the building of many hotel around the city. The reasons of this espectacular growth: 1) MICHELIN STARS To be the city of the world that has the most Michelin stars per resident is a great touristic reclaim. Many people come to San Sebastian to taste one or more Michelin stars restaurants. But not only that, in near towns like Getaria or Fuenterrabia there are also Michelin stars restaurantes.... Arzak, Akelarre, Mugaritz, Mirador de Ulía, Amelia, Kokotxa, Martín Berasategui, Elkano, Zuberoa or Alameda are the restaurants that have, at least one Michelin star. MICHELIN STAR RESTAURANTS GUIDE 2) PUBLICATIONS IN INTERNATIONAL MEDIA From some years to now, the international press has speak about San Sebastian has touristic destiny, espacially the english lenguage press. For example, the New York Times dedicated an article where shows what to do in San Sebastian during 36 hours. You can read the article here... After this article, the New York Times dedicated another one to the city, this time more specific, an article about shopping in Donostia, in Gros neigbordhood. The other big american newspaper, The Washington Post, also dedicated an article to San Sebastian, on this case in its travel section, where the journalist tells his discovery of San Sebastian. Here you can read the full article. The british Independent also speaks about San Sebastian has the spanish gastronomy capital. But not only the traditional press speaks about San Sebastian... the digital media also do. For example, in the Traveller´s Choice Awards La Concha Beach is one of the best beaches in the world. 3) IF THE RICH AND FAMOUS PEOPLE COME... MUST BE FOR SOMETHING! During the last years famous people has been seen walking in San Sebastian, now is something "normal" to see a famous walking in La Concha promenade or in a bar eating a pintxo. Bruce Springsteen has converted in the best ambassador of San Sebastian with his aparitions almost every summers, and not obnly for act in a concert... he is comming for summer holidays. Elsa Pataki and her husband, Chris Hemsworth have been in the city several times. The spanish famous people also come to San Sebastian... like Pau Gasol or David Bisbal. But not only the famous people come to San Sebastian, during the last years is very common to see luxury cars in the city...or a yacht anchored in La Concha Bay or in a near port. This is because big fortunes also come to San Sebastian to eat in a Michelin Star restaurant or to enjoy the city. 4) SAN SEBASTIAN, FILM CITY The 2019 summer will be remembered as the Woody Allen summer in San Sebastian. That summer the american director was filming in San Sebastian. And... even the filming was controversial, it will be an excellent publicity. But, Woody Allen is not the only one that has film in San Sebastian, during the years has been the stage of many films and series as we explain in this post.  Also, we can't forget the San Sebastian International Film Festival. During these years San Sebastian is in a very good moment beacause of these causes we are explaining. 5) INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION  The local autorities also has promoted the city in forums and internatinal fairs. Maybe when it has the biggest impulse was thanks to the European Culture Capital of 2016. Keeping calm with the breeze
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    For the city of San Sebastian the end of Christmas days is the start of the preparation of its big day... the San Sebastian Day. But each year is different, there are new companies, tribute for others... This year is, the aqualty year: The 2020 San Sebastian day will be the edition when for the first time, the Bella Easo (something like beautiful queen) will not take part because is not according to the pedagogic vision of the San Sebastian schools. In this sense, in the equalty, there will take part the first inclusive company with visual disability members. And the Golden Drum, will tribute to the girls of the hockey and soccer Real Sociedad team.   Keeping calm wuith the breeze.    
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    If there is a day where the most traditional and authentic basque culture in San Sebastian is shown that is the December 21, St. Thomas day. It is a day in which everything is basque tradition of the villages where all kinds of products were produced for sale on the market.   Basically, it is a fair of agricultural and cattle industry products of the basque tradition. In the city center and in the Old Town of San Sebastian where hundreds of stalls are selling traditional txistorra, a type of sausage from minced pork, accompanied by cider, the traditional Basque drinks are distributed. Txistorra can be taken with bread or talo, a kind of corn cake, which was formerly used as bread in the villages. But St. Thomas is more ...much more ... because it is a day in which all citizens participate. The stalls are run by young people from different schools, bars and businesses distribute txistorra and people dress with the traditional basque dress.   The story of the fair of Santo Tomas is the nineteenth century, when most crops were managed by tenants who paid their rental on St. Thomas day in San Sebastian. So, the baserritarras, farmers and ranchers of the zone, used that day to sell their goods and buy others that they need. So the fair of St. Thomas born, taht´s why the people come dressed with traditional costume.   The Constitution Square is the heart of the fair, where all kinds of craft products like cheese, honey, vegetables, cider, including farm animals are sold.   The main star of the day is the pig of St. Thomas. A huge pig of more than 500 kilos which is displayed in the middle of the Contitucion Square and that is drawn. But do not worry, if you're the winner, there is always some carnage offered to buy it. Throughout the day, the pig becomes the main attraction and people will see it and take pictures.   Txistorra contest, honey contest, contest farm products and even scarecrow contest: various competitions in which different products compete village are also performed.   Keeping clam with the breeze    
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    With the arrive of Christmas dates, San Sebastian is fully decorated. Give to visitants and citizens extra reasons to visit the city centre and to do their shops on the traditional San Sebastian commerce, is one of the objetives of the city council. This year there are some novelties in addition of other things of past years. Christimas Market. One more time, the Christmas Market will be the preincipal attraction of the city. Will be a total of 51 in the Urumea promenade and Santa Catalina place. Christmas gastronomic products, ornaments and Christmas decoration... Planetarium Is a big sphere with LED lights that will switch on during the day. It wll be in Alderdi Eder, so it will be a decorative element... The big wheel In Alderdi Eder It is one of the most emblematic element in the city when is setted up. It has 50 meters of diameter and it will have privilege vies of the city. It will cost 5 € and on mondays 2 €. Christmas Photocall In the Urmuea promenade it wil be a beautiful photocall that imitates a snoww ball. Olentzero and Mari Domingi atraction Olentzero will be also present with an exclusive atraction the represents the gift share by Olentzero and Mari Domingi. The big Christmass Ball Other years has been in Cervantes place, but this year goes to Easo square. Is a big ball and the citizens can go trough it. The Christmas Tree Carousel It will be in Santa Catalina Square and the price will be of 2,5 € and 1 € on mondays. Chillida and Basterrechea arch In Urbieta street will be some light arch that represent the most emblematic escultures of these artists. The Peace Dove of Nestor Basterrechea and the Comb of the wind of Chillida.
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    HAILE GEBRSELASSIE WILL RUN THE BEHOBIA SAN SEBASTIAN!   It has been the final touch, and... what a final touch! haile Gebrselassie is the honor guest in the Behobia San Sebastian. The most laureate long distance runner in the history, twice olimpic champion and who has the wolrd record in some distanes many times, will arreive to San Sebastian on friday to run the Behobia San sebastian on sunday. But not only we will see him on sunday... on saturday, with the programated events of the Behobia in his most important edition, will be the trainning on La Concha promenade with the runners that want to join him. Another attractive to the most important running race of San Sebastian. Another important side of this edition is the objetive to reach the parity of men and women that run the race in 2025. There are the firsts steps to reach this objetive with the involvement of the 25% of female participation. Regarding the participation of this year, it wil arrive to 33.000 runners... very close to the record of 2015 with 43840 runners. This is specially important because there are elections that day. Keeping calm with the brezze.
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    WHAT IS THE PINTXO POTE?   The pintxo pote is an idea of the basque bars to promote the pintxo consume. In almost every city and village the bars choose a day when the pintxos are cheaper. The idea is to offer a pintxo and drink for 1 - 2,5 € .... Often two or three bars join and make a good ambient. Other times is an important event every week... like the pintxo pote of Gros neighbordhood.   In San Sebastian, we have pintxo pote in every neighbordhood of the city... but stands the pintxo pote of the Gros when many people goes there. Another interesting pintxo pote is of the san martin market, where the shops of the traditional market offer their products in pintxo way. And, very near from there, in Reyes Catóicos street some bars also have the pintxo pote at the same time, for example The Express, Rincón or Mikkei.   keeping calm with the breeze.
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    Is a beautiful apartment with spectacular views to the Cantabric sea, in front of Zurriola Beach.   THE APARTMENT Surface: 85 m2 Rooms: 2 Maximum guests: 4 Toilets: 2 BOOK NOW Is a long apartment... in one of the sides are the two bedrooms, one of them with its own toilet. In the other side, at the end of a long aisle, there is a beautiful living room with a picture window to the Zurriola beach. These views are beutiful during the day... but with the sunset... are spectacular!!! The rest of the apartment are the kitchen, totally equiped and the toilet that hace a shower plate to  movility reduced persons.   THE ZONE The apartment is in Gros neighbordhood, that is growing specially in gastronomic area... In Gros neighbordhood  is popular the pintxo-pote, on thursday evening.... some of bars offers pintxo and drink at very popular prices.   BARS AND RESTAURANTS TO VISIT: LA GUINDA: In Zabaleta street, there a terrace zone where we can find some interesting bars and restaurants. Stands up LA GUINDA, very good food of different cultures and surprinsing combinations of flavours. BODEGA DONOSTIARRA: A classic. Founded on 1928, offers traditional pintxos. Very recommended the tortilla done at the moment. TOPA: Directed by Andoni Luis Aduriz, with two Michelin Stars, is a tribute to the relations of basque Country and Sudamerica.   Keeping calm with the breeze.
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    Again, and they are some... Donostia has been internacionally recognized. This time are the european autorities... Donostia has received the Award of Europe 2019 because has spreaded the european values. The pluralism, the parlamentary democracy and the human rights defense are values that the council had have very present.   The act was yesterday, on 19th, in the council and the mayor received it from Kestutis Masiulis, the vicepresident of the subcommitee of the Europe Award. Also was Joseph O'Reilly, vicepresident of the parlamentary assembly and member of the subcomitee. In the act where 200 persons where there were parlamentaries of different countries and autorities of diffenrent cities that are unified with San Sebastian. The act also had a tamborrada with different companies of adults an childs Keeping calm with the breeze
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    San Sebastian... and Gipuzkoa province y being the stage of many international films and series. We are living a high time, because the cinematrografic industry has put its eyes on San Sebastian. The last case, the Woody Allen film, its name is not known yet, is being shooteing during the summer of 2019 in San Sebastian, is one more case that gives prominence to the city. During these years have shooted or are shooteing very famous films and series: Game of Thrones: Is the most famous case. The most success serie has use Zumaia to be the stage of Dragonrock. 8 basque nicknames: One of most successfull comedy was shooted in Zumaia and Getaria. Allí Abajo: The love history of a basque and andaluzian has been shooted in San Sebastian. Handia: (Big): About the Altzo giant... a inside town in Gipuzkoa. And there are also some films producing that are not released yet. Patria: A serie that tells the history of ETA. La Línea Invisible: a serie that also speaks about ETA, specifically about the origin and its first kill. Akelarre: A film about the the women that were accused of being witches in the XVII century. Another films shooted in San Sebastian: Desiré (1936) With Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper. Appears la Concha and Londres Hotel. Summer moon (1959) With Fernando Fernan Gómez and Tony Leblanc. The England Battle (1969): Shooted in Zarautz and Hondarribia. But the most importatn location is the Liberty Avenue in San Sebastian. 27 hours (1986) Shooted by Montxo Armendáriz and with a young Antonio Banderas. It won the The best film award in San Sebastian film festival Another films shooted in San Sebastian: The Mexican singer, The lost eyes, Papillon, Tell her with flowers, Ander eta Yul, The Basque ball, Zipi and zape.. and many more..
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