San Sebastián

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San Sebastián
Donostia (Basque)
San Sebastián (Spanish)
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
Motto(s): «Ganadas por fidelidad, nobleza y lealtad»
(Spanish for "Earnt by fidelity, nobility and loyalty")
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Basque Country
Province Gipuzkoa
Comarca Donostialdea
Neighbourhoods 21
Founded 1180
 • Mayor Eneko Goia (EAJ-PNV)
 • Land 60.89 km2 (23.51 sq mi)
Elevation 6 m (20 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 186,409
 • Density 3,686.16/km2 (9,547.1/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 20001-20018
Area code(s) 34 + 943 (Gipuzkoa)
Website City 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.

Notes[change | change source]

  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. (Spanish)
  3. Donostiarra. Diccionario de la Real Academia Española.