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San Sebastián, Spain

by WCC on June 12, 2012

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San Sebastian is the capital of the province of Gipuzkoa in the Spanish autonomous community of Basque Country. It lies about 20 km west of the French border in the bow of the Bay of Biscay. The city became the European Capital of Culture elected in 2016 and until then can expect to invest roughly EUR 100 million.

San Sebastian is situated in the far north of the Iberian peninsula in the bay of La Concha (German: The Shell), whose name derives from its distinctive shape. The mouth of the bay is through the crags of Monte Igueldo and Monte Urgull limited to the exit itself is the small rocky island of Santa Clara. The sweeping arc of the bay with the beach promenade and between La Concha and the mouth of the river Urumea located Parte Vieja and Alderdi Zaharra (German: Altstadt ) are well-known tourist attractions. The climate is maritime with mild winters and cool summers. The annual rainfall is 1,500 mm. The average annual temperature is 13.1°C (Monte Igueldo, 218 m above sea level, averaged from 1950 to 1996).

San Sebastian is in Spanish and foreign investors an estimated location, many companies maintain offices here. Many major companies in the technology park Miramon resident. San Sebastian is situated on the A1 Madrid – Irun (formerly NI), the main route from France to North Spain, and the AP 8 Bilbao -San Sebastián. This reversed an express bus in 1 hour and 10 minutes to every half hour to Bilbao and back.

The downtown harbor of San Sebastian has lost its former importance and has been used since the 1970s, only the fishing and sports. The nearest commercial port is located in the suburb of Pasaia (Spanish Pasajes). The approximately 20 km away from San Sebastian airport in Hondarribia has essentially regional significance. An international airport is found in about 100 km (one hour drive) away Bilbao (Bilbo in Basque).

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