San Sebastián

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San Sebastián
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Donostia / San Sebastián
San Sebastián and Kontxa bay from Igeldo mountain
San Sebastián and Kontxa bay from Igeldo mountain
Flag of San Sebastián
Official seal of San Sebastián
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(Spanish for "Earnt by fidelity, nobility and loyalty")
Country Spain
Autonomous community Basque Country
 • MayorEneko Goia (EAJ-PNV)
 • Land60.89 km2 (23.51 sq mi)
6 m (20 ft)
 • Total186,409
 • Density3,686.16/km2 (9,547.1/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Area code(s)34 + 943 (Gipuzkoa)
WebsiteCity Council

San Sebastián (Spanish: [san seβasˈtjan]; French: Saint-Sébastien, Basque: Donostia (Basque: [doˈnos̺tia])[2]) is a coastal city and municipality in the Basque Country, Spain. It lies on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, 20 km (12 miles) from the French border. It's the capital of Gipuzkoa. The municipality's population is 186,409 (2012). Locals call themselves donostiarra (singular), both in Spanish[3] and Basque.

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  1. The title of La bella Easo ("beautiful Easo") comes from a 19th-century identification of the town as the Roman port of Oiasso. Other locations seem now more probable.
  2. Donostia (Basque) / San Sebastián (Spanish), El Diario Vasco, Thursday 29 December 2011. (in Spanish)
  3. Donostiarra. Diccionario de la Real Academia Española.