City - Donostia/San Sebastian
The most recognisable city viewpoint features the beaches of Ondarreta and the Concha, with San Clara Island nestling in the centre of the bay. The city’s third beach; the Zurriola, lying alongside and beyond the Kursaal Congress Centre, is famous worldwide for its excellent surf spots.
San Sebastian is the administrative capital of Gipuzkoa, one of the three provinces making up the Basque Autonomous Community. It lies to the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula, 30 kilometres from the border with France. The cross-border region running from San Sebastian to Bayonne represents an important hub of social, economic and tourist development in the south-west of the European Union (EU).
San Sebastián is a medium-sized city with almost 186,000 inhabitants. It is a tertiary, tourist city, eminently commercial, with strong emphasis on services and congresses. In recent years, San Sebastián has moved into the leading position among European cities, largely attributed to its commitment to science, technology, sustainable development and culture. Its designation as European Capital of Culture 2016 confirms this pledge.
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More information on the official tourist office website
Venue - Kursaal Congress Centre
Graphene Week 2018 will take place at the Kursaal Congress Centre:
Av. de Zurriola, 1
20002 Donostia-San Sebastian
Designed by the prestigious architect Rafael Moneo, the congress centre is composed of two cubes made of translucent glass as if they were “two beached rocks”, with the aim of “perpetuating the geography and, as far as it was possible, emphasizing the harmony between the natural and the artificial.”
It is located close to Zurriola beach, in the lively neighbourhood of Gros. It is also situated just a few minutes away from the city centre, where the visitors can enjoy a wide range of shops, restaurants and cultural activities.
How to get there
San Sebastian offers a large bus fleet run by the company Dbus, providing fast and easy travel across the city.
The bus times change according to line timetables. The majority of services start at 07:30 and finish at 22:30. The routes, times and frequency of the different services can be found at the respective bus stops, on the Dbus website or the Dbus apps.
Dbus also offers a night service known as the “Búho” (Owl). Most of the night bus lines start at 12:00 midnight and finish at 04:00. The Búho lines only run on Fridays, Saturdays and the nights before public holidays. All services depart from the Boulevard.
Cash: You can pay for your ticket in cash on the bus. Standard fare is €1.70 and night fare is €2.10.
San Sebastian Card: the best way to travel and save money at the same time is to purchase a visitor’s travel card. The tourist San Sebastian Card can be purchased at various tourist information points located in the city. This card not only allows you to travel on Dbus buses, but also offers discounts on museum tickets, in restaurants and for guided tours. There are two types of travel card; one offering six journeys on Dbus, and the other offering twelve journeys on Dbus.
Contactless cards: Dbus allows passengers to pay for journeys with a contactless card (physical and mobile app). This facility is only available for daytime journeys, and is charged at the occasional ticket rate.
More information about contactless bank cards