Donostia – San Sebastián

Donostia – San Sebastián is a city opened to the sea and sheltered by mounts Igeldo, Urgull and Ulía.

Donostia – San Sebastián is the administrative capital of Gipuzkoa, one of the three provinces making up the Basque Autonomous Community. It lies to the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula, 30 kilometres from the border with France.

San Sebastián is a medium-sized city with almost 186,000 inhabitants. It is a tertiary, tourist city, eminently commercial, with strong emphasis on services and congresses. In recent years, San Sebastián has moved into the leading position among European cities, largely because of its commitment to science, technology, sustainable development and culture. Its designation as European Capital of Culture confirms this pledge.

Its smart urban layout and short distances make San Sebastián perfect for getting around on foot, with sprawling pedestrian precincts bike lanes and promenades that hug the city coastline from tip to tip.

Visit the Official Website of San Sebastian Tourism, with the most complete information about the city; you can also find proposals and activities to facilitate your visit.

Links of interest:

Turismo&Convention Bureau

Practical Information:

Currency: Euro, the EU currency.

Official languages: Basque and Spanish.

Climate: Mild, with generally gentle temperatures, high humidity, frequent clouds and heavy rainfall throughout the year. The coldest month is usually January, with an average temperature of 7.9ºC and the hottest August, with an average of 20ºC.San Sebastián information.

Donostia – San Sebastián’s area: 60,9KM

Distance from other major cities: Bilbao (102 kms), Vitoria (100 kms), Biarritz (50 kms), Pamplona (82 kms), Madrid (451 kms), Barcelona (565 kms).

How to get here

Its strategic location and excellent infrastructures make San Sebastián a place easy to reach from anywhere in the world, no matter what your method of transport. Choose the one that suits you best and get travelling!

BY PLANE

San Sebastián has 5 airports (3 international) within just over 100 km of the city.

Only 20 minutes from the city centre, San Sebastián Airport has connections to the major Spanish cities; Madrid and Barcelona.

Bilbao Airport, with connections to all Europe, is 100km from the city, and Biarritz Airport, served by French and international low-cost companies, 40km.

San Sebastián Airport (EAS)       20 km

Bilbao Airport (BIO)        105 km

Biarritz Airport (BIQ)      40 km

Pamplona Airport (PNA)              90 km

Vitoria Airport (VIT)       120 km

*If you arrive by plane at the Bilbao airport, you can take a bus at the airport that will take you directly to Donostia / San Sebastián.

Fare:

Airport-Donostia/ San Sebastián: €16.85.

Operating hours:

Buses leave the airport, Monday to Friday except holidays, about once every hour from 7:45 to 23:45; on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, there is another service at 6:45.

Links of interest:

Pesa

BY TRAIN

The train station in the centre of San Sebastián, the “Estación del Norte”, offers connections to numerous Spanish cities including Madrid and Barcelona, and to international destinations such as Paris and Lisbon.

Train journeys to and from San Sebastián will gain enormously in speed with the new Tren de Alta Velocidad (high speed train), due to connect the city with other destinations in the near future.

There is also an underground railway, the Metro Donostialdea, a narrow-gauge train connection with Bilbao and cities along the Basque Coast, such as Zarautz, and a service linking it with France (Hendaye) popularly known as the “Topo” or “Mole”.

BY BUS

The San Sebastián bus station has lines to cities throughout Spain and part of Europe.

BY CAR

Getting to San Sebastián by car is extremely easy. The city is connected to the rest of Spain and France by the N-1 (the national highway connecting Madrid to Irun), the AP-8 (Bilbao-Irun) and A-63 (Paris-Irun) motorways and the A-15 highway (Pamplona-San Sebastián).

PARKING AT UNICON

Parking spots in the city of Donostia are very scarce. Most of the city has a regulated parking system known as the OTA Ordinance. Parking areas are marked with 4 different colors depending on the type of parking. All areas require payment and during the event it will be in effect, that is, those who want to park somewhere in the city must pay a fee for it.

There is a free parking area: the Illumbe Parking. This parking is within a 3 minute walk from the Unicon City, so we recommend its use if you are coming to the Unicon 18 by car.

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This same parking will have spaces reserved for the “Camper Area” of Unicon 18. It will have 50 spaces for overnight stays. Only people who have booked the “Camper Area” for this purpose may park in this parking lot.

City regulations prohibit camping, install tents or vehicles enabled for this purpose on public or private land without authorization to do so. You cannot cook or deploy chairs and tables in the streets.

Therefore, the Illumbe Parking may only be used to park your car; under no circumstances it may be used for camping or sleeping.
If you come to the Unicon by motor home and had not booked a place in the “Camper Area”, (lets remind you that it is illegal to spend the night in the Illunbe Parking without authorization) there are other parking areas exclusive for motor homes. The vehicles may park for a maximum of 72 hours prior to the payment of the fee. After this time limit, the vehicle must be moved and a new authorization will not be granted until 48 hours afterwards of the end of the overdue authorization.

For more information about where to park your car you can visit the City Council website:

www.sansebastianturismo.com

 BY CAMPERVAN

San Sebastián has a service area for overnight stays in campervans:

Address:             Paseo Berio, 12 – Donostia / San Sebastián.

Coordinates:     [43º 18′ 28” N 2º 00′ 51,6” W / X= 580042 m Y= 4795677

Places:  Approx. 44 parking places. Separating lines between places.

Lighting and water point:            yes

Services:             Free, including water (2 taps) and electricity. Ecological waste disposal area.

Maximum permitted stay:          48 hours.

Price:    The campervan park works on the same basis as the OTA parking meter system in the rest of the city. The charge is EUR 6 in the high season and EUR 4 the rest of the year. Payment for this parking service is pending approval at the Municipal Plenary Session and will take effect shortly. Meanwhile, parking is free, and all you have to do is enter your registration number in the machine.

Other parts of Gipuzkoa also have campervan parking areas: Legazpi, Renteria and Zumaia.