The city of San Sebastián is spread over a white beach between the Urgull and Igeldo mountains. The combination of a fishing village, noble constructions, and modern neighbourhoods, make this city one of the most attractive on the Cantabrian coast. The San Telmo Museum, Peine del Viento, or the Kursaal, are examples of how this city has combined tradition with modernity throughout its history. The province of Guipuzcoa, of which San Sebastián is the capital, combines sea and mountain, offering visitors landscapes, sports, food, etc., in addition to interesting monuments. Basque cuisine enjoys worldwide recognition.
The urban layout of San Sebastián unfolds towards the La Concha bay. Mount Igeldo marks the border on one side, a way of enjoying great views over the city. At its feet is the Punta Torrepea, where you can find "Peine del Viento", a set of sculptures from the renowned Basque artist Eduardo Chillida. This is also where the Ondarreta beach starts, outlined by gardens and Pico del Loro. It was the place chosen by queen Maria Cristina (18th century) to build the Miramar Palace to be her summer residence. A beautiful promenade with elegant railings and streetlights runs along the La Concha beach, home also to the La Perla del Océano Resort, an old royal poolhouse. Still facing the sea, we come to the old Casino, which is today the city's Town Hall. In this area, between the sea and the Urumea river, lies the old city centre; and on the way of Mount Urgull, the marina and fishing neighbourhood. The summit of Urgullis dominated by the Mota Castleand an image of the Sacred Heart. One path leads us to the top, whereas the other goes round the mountain via the breakwater.