Tamborrada of Donostia.

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San Sebastián’s Tamborrada Festival takes place from midnight on January 19 to midnight on January 20 each year in the city of San Sebastián. At midnight, in the Konstituzio Plaza (map) in the “Alde Zaharra/Parte Vieja” (Old Town), the mayor raises the flag of San Sebastián. The festival lasts for 24 hours.

Participants, dressed as cooks and soldiers, march in companies across the city. The celebration ends at midnight, when people congregate at the Konstituzio Plaza and the city flag is simultaneously lowered at various locations.

Donostia/San Sebastian boasts one of the best in-city beaches in Europe.

It is believed the festival’s origins go all the way back to the Napoleonic Wars, when French soldiers took over the city. During each morning, when the local women would go to collect water at the public fountains, the soldiers would parade through the streets banging their drums. This angered the locals, so many began to make fun of them by creating their own drums out of water barrels or pots and pans, and banging them with wooden spoons.

Then in 1836, drumming tradition became part of the Donostia (San Sebastián in Basque) carnival, celebrating the city and its patron saint. The city’s various gastronomic societies or private dining clubs, continued the tradition and kept it alive, leading to the Tamborrada festival we know today.

Around 125 different drumming groups (consisting of between 20-50 drums and 50-100 barrels), accompanied by a brass band and flag bearers, parade through the streets – making it a huge event. In total, over 15,000 people take part over the 24-hour period.


The Basque cuisine is famous within Spain and many believe it is the Basque Country where you can find the best food. Much of this fame comes from San Sebastian and its bars and restaurants. Although tapas (pintxos) were invented in Andalucia they became perfected in San Sebastian and a walk through the old town before lunch time with its many bars shows why.


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Also сheck оut мore info: How to get here (sansebastianturismoa.eus) • Getting around Spain (spain.info)

BUS: One of the largest bus companies in Spain is ALSA, which covers most of the country with its extensive network of bus routes. Other popular bus companies include Avanza, Empresa Plana, and Socibus / Secorbus. You can also see what is all available on Movelia.es.

TRAIN: The main train operator is RENFE, including AVE (Spanish high speed train) or Talgo intercity services. (*Rail travel in Europe)

AIRPORT: Information about Spanish airports ⇒ aena.es.

FERRY: Baleària • Grimaldi LinesTrasmediterranea. + Spain’s main sea connections (spain.info)

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Useful websites.

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Renfe is the national railway company of Spain, and their website offers information about train schedules, routes, and fares.


Alsa is the leading bus operator in the Spanish. ‘We reached hundreds of destinations, some of which you cannot imagine.’

www.thelocal.es: The Local is an English-language news site that covers Spain and other countries in Europe. Their website offers information about current events, culture, and lifestyle in Spain, as well as travel tips and advice.

www.spain-holiday.com: This website offers a wide selection of holiday rentals in Spain, from apartments and villas to farmhouses and beach houses. You can search for rentals by location, amenities, and price, and read reviews from other travelers.

Food & Wine

www.foodswinesfromspain.com: This is the official website of Spain’s food and wine industry, and it offers information about the country’s culinary traditions, as well as recipes, food events, and product information.

www.spanishsabores.com: Welcome to Spanish Sabores, your place to discover simple Spanish recipes the whole family will love.

esmadrid.com | Food and Drink is a section of the official tourism board’s website that offers information about Madrid’s gastronomic scene, including top restaurants, markets, and food tours.