Any excuse is a good excuse to visit San Sebastián. Apart from the matchless beauty of the Concha Bay which dazzled royalty at the start of last century and continues to captivate all who visit it, San Sebastián is the scene of a cutting-edge gastronomy thanks to which it has earned worldwide fame, several festivals that have turned the city into an out-and-out cultural phenomenon and an active, healthy lifestyle in close contact with its natural resources.
This, together with its numerous conference infrastructures, its wide range of accommodation and its strategic location promise not only a successful business trip, but also an unforgettable stay.
How to get here
San Sebastian has 3 airports (2 international) within just over 100 km of the city.
Only 20 kilometers from the city centre, San Sebastian 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.
The train station in the centre of San Sebastian, the “Estacion 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 Sebastian 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. The service linking it also Hendaye (France) and the SNCF, french rail service, with Lasarte passing through Donostia. The train is popularly known as the “Topo” or “Mole”.
The San SebastiÃ¡n bus station has lines to cities throughout Spain and part of Europe.
INFORMATION FOR BUS DRIVERS
Private coaches arriving to San Sebastian can find an appropriate place to stop, in order passengers to get off and get on. The bus can only stop for a maximum of 20 minutes at this place located in Avenida Zurriola, 6, in front of Kursaal Congress Hall, just 5 minutes walking from citys Old Town and city centre. (43Â° 19′ 26.1366″N 1Â° 58′ 43.1898″W)
To park the bus, there is a suitable place behind Garbera Commercial Centre, at the east side of the town (43°18’33″N 1°56’42″W). This commercial centre is connected by buses 33, 24 & 27 of the DBus bus company.
Getting to San Sebastian 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 Sebastian).
Once in San Sebastian, you can leave your car in one of the more than 6,000 parking places found in different parts of the city.
In the city of San Sebastian you can not park your motorbike in the side walk and if you do it you can be fined. The city have specific parking for motorbikes.
San Sebastian has a service area for overnight stays in campervans:
|Address:||Paseo Berio, 12 – Donostia / San Sebastian.|
|Coordinates:||[43Âº 18′ 28” N 2Âº 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.
The conference will take place in the Centro Carlos Santamaria, a modern building in the Ibaeta University Campus of San Sebastian.
Residencia Universitaria Manuel Agud Querol
The closest and cheapest accommodation. 5 min walk to the conference site. online reservation
Affordable nice hotel . 10 min walk to the conference site. online reservation
Hotel San Sebastian
Nice hotel, 10 min walk to the conference site. online reservation
Hotel NH Aranzazu
High quality hotel, 10 min walk to the conference site online reservation
Hotel Hesperia Donostia,
Nice affordable hotel, 15 min walk to the conference site. online reservation