Pintxos were originally a slice of baguette bread piled high with food of any kind. To hold it in place, a cocktail stick, or ‘pintxo’ was used. But that traditional idea has evolved until becoming today’s miniature haute cuisine, flavours elaborated and concentrated into tiny, mouth-watering experiences: from the traditional Gilda (precisely named as such in our city) with an olive, guindilla pepper and anchovy, to leek
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SAN SEBASTIAN
Big stars and young directors. The entire national and international film panoply flocks to San Sebastián every September to attend the most cosmopolitan event of the year: Zinemaldia, or the International Film Festival, one of the biggest of its kind in Europe alongside the Festival de Cannes and the Venice Mostra.
JAZZALDIA SAN SEBASTIAN
In the second fortnight in July, San Sebastián taps its feet to the rhythm of the finest jazz. Great musicians like James Brown, Liza Minnelli, Bobby McFerrin, Diana Krall, Cassandra Wilson and B.B. King have all taken to the city’s beaches, theatres, squares and auditoriums at one time or another to delight audiences at this world-famous event.
The Mount Igeldo Amusement Park opened its gates way back in 1912, and currently offers a blend of old and modern fairground attractions. It is located on a mountain, which we can access by taking the funicular railway. Once here, we will be able to enjoy views of the entire city.
We will also find The Tower, an old wood-fired lighthouse which houses an exhibition about our way of life and customs. In addition, the park also offers visitors the possibility of celebrating birthdays and enjoying group visits.
The Aquarium offers an educational tour through the sea world, providing a diverse sample of flora and fauna.
Three exhibition areas make up the Aquarium. Firstly, an Oceanarium with a 360-degree methacrylate tunnel where sharks are the most remarkable species.
The second hall displays oceanographic collections, and the last area focuses on the local sea history.
THE COMB OF THE WIND
Located at the end of the Ondarreta beach, in the western area of the city and at the foot of Mount Igeldo, the Peine del Viento is one of the most celebrated sculptures by Basque artist Eduardo Chillida. The monument was installed in this place in 1977 with the collaboration of architect Luis Peña Ganchegui, who was responsible for designing the vicinity.
The artwork is a series of terraces built of pink colour granite and three anchor-like iron shapes welded into rocks. This is one of the most visited places by tourists and locals. A magical spot where to enjoy views of sea and especially on storm days, when waves pound against the cliff rocks.
The city’s abrupt military history remains alive on Monte Urgull. The setting and terrain of the hill led to its use in the 12th century as a military fortress, sole witness to the numerous attacks and sieges suffered by the walls of San Sebastián down through the years. Part of these walls can still be seen in the Boulevard underground car park. In 1794, Monte Urgull witnessed the first capitulation of the city into French hands and looked on, powerless, as fire from the battle between French troops and the Anglo-Portuguese army razed the city to the ground in 1813.