Blog: Donostia, by locals

We want to use our tourism blog to give a voice to everyone who has experienced Donostia, so that you can all share experiences from a personal perspective, showing us authentic, undiscovered and alternative places. Above all, we want you to immerse yourself in the city and enjoy San Sebastian to the maximum!

San Sebastian Tourism Blog

Pasaia Maritime Festival: You’ll be looking out to sea from 9 to 12 May


The sea will be awash with sails, traditional boats and culture, from Thursday 9 May to Sunday 12.

Plans for St Valentine’s Day in San Sebastian

Donosti Feeling

Long live love! We are fully aware that Donostia / San Sebastián is a city that you can fall in love with all year round. Even the least romantic people fall at its feet. However, we think that coming to visit us this year on the 14 of February, the day when love reigns supreme, can be even more captivating.



The calderero krewes, who commemorate the arrival of travelling people to the city and announce the Carnival

Inudeak eta Artzainak


The Sunday after the Caldereros celebration (the first Sunday in February or the one following Candlemas) sees the Inudeak eta Artzainak parade, a wink to the courting that went on between nursemaids and shepherds when the latter came down into the city. This is yet another event in the local run-up to Carnival.

The San Sebastian Carnival


San Sebastian is filling with humour and colour! Carnivals are coming! From 8 to 13 February 2024.

Discover the world of cider!

Food and drink

Did you know that until the 20th century the most common drink in Donostia was cider, and that there were once 100 cider bars in the Old Town alone? You will find the best tips for enjoying a sagardotegi!

What can we do if it rains?

Donosti Feeling

Different things to do in San Sebastián when it's raining

Christmas in San Sebastián: where to eat on this special dates?

Food and drink

On Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year.... many of you want to have a special lunch or dinner in a restaurant.

Let the Christmas spirit seduce you in Donostia / San Sebastián

Donosti Feeling

Now the lights are shining all over the city, we can dive straight into the spirit of this season, in full enjoyment of the plans Donostia / San Sebastián continues to offer us.

Día de Santo Tomás

Saint Thomas's Day


The famous celebrations for Saint Thomas's Day take place every December 21st.

Are you coming to run the Marathon?

Sport city

Every year thousands of runners from around the world come to Donostia to take part in these race and to enjoy a couple of days in our beautiful city! Here are a few ideas to make your visit to San Sebastián a perfect one.

Bring a scary end to October in Donostia


From 27 October to 3 November at the Teatro Principal, come and celebrate this 34th edition of Horror and Fantasy Film Week!

Argiartean, the festival of light


On 6 and 7 October, from 20 h until midnight, an unforgettable artistic experience awaits you at the remarkable "Memory Park" in Riberas de Loiola

15 Special activities for autumn!

Donosti Feeling

With the autumn upon us, the markets in San Sebastian are full of different varieties of mushrooms, its woodlands, parks and gardens take on the ochre-shaded colour of their leaves, further highlighting the city’s beauty and charm. A perfect time of year to enjoy countless activities in San Sebastian. Sound good to you?

Mapping 1813-2013

August 31st


The day San Sebastian was burnt to the ground

“Ideal climate: Summer posters” exhibition


Let yourself be surprised by this exhibition that brings together promotional posters of our city from the end of the 19th century to the 1960s. Some 80 years that have been shaping the image of San Sebastian abroad.exhibition will be open at the San Telmo Museum from 1 July to 15 October.

Glad is the Day is back!


Glad is the Day is back and packed with more energy than ever before. This year, due to the weather conditions the music will be moved to Le Bukowski and the Dabadaba.

Donostia, capital of electronic music from 21 to 26 August


If you like electronic music and you're going to be in Donosti from 21 to 26 August, you'd be well advised to read this.

Donostiako Estropadak - Bandera de la Concha


3 and 10 September: two unmissable days of racing in La Concha!

Euskal Jaiak - Basque Festivals


The beginning of September - from 2 to September 10 - will see the celebration of the Euskal Jaiak or Fiestas Vascas (“Basque Festivals”) in Donostia. These local festivities bring together the best of culture, sports, culinary arts, folklore and Basque traditions.