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.
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