San Sebastian (or Donostia, its name in Basque), with its idyllic location nestling in green hills and mild climate on the French borders, is one of Spain's best kept secrets and a perfect location for a wedding. Situated on the beautiful Cote Basque, you could choose to have your wedding ceremony on one of the beautiful, sandy beaches, with vast, panoramic views of the hills at Monte Igueldo or Monte Ulia, or in one of the stunning churches or historic buildings including the 16th century San Maria del Coro Basilica. The city is full of architectural gems from which to choose, and has a welcoming, airy vibe. Here are just a few of the many possibilities for a very unique, San Sebastian wedding.
The tower was built in the nineteenth century by Baron Satrústegui on the spectacular Monte Igueldo. It is surrounded by wooded, landscaped gardens and built in an English Renaissance style. It is now a unique wedding venue with a secluded, peaceful location and some of the best views of San Sebastian bay. The venue can offer a wide range of options for catering and offers a variety of exquisite finishing touches.
There is no accommodation at Torre Satrustegui. However, guests staying at Far Out Inn (see below) can see the eclectic architecture of this historic building from the villa's balcony, making it an choice for hosting your wedding celebration.
City Hall or Ayuntamiento
Built between 1882 and 1887 as a casino, the City Hall is one of the most elegant and distinctive buildings in the city, and it is a popular choice for civil ceremonies. Situated between the old town, La Concha, and de Alderdi Eder Parc, the hall has an excellent central location. Again, this ceremony location is compatible with a stay at Far Out Inn, making it an ideal marriage of locations.
Far Out Inn
The former home of a countess, this boutique hotel and villa can host ten guests and six more for the ceremony. The owner, Kat Moore, has created a unique style for each of the rooms and the villa offers breathtaking ocean views and peaceful surroundings. The villa can arrange flowers, a priest, caterers and a choice of photographers.
While San Sebastian offers a wide variety of choices for your wedding ceremony, reception and accommodation, you can choose to combine all three at Far Out Inn. For a beach-side wedding, Far Out Inn is an excellent choice because it is situated at the heart of the beautiful La Concha bay, famed as one of the world's most stunning city beaches, and yet still within walking distance of the old town. The boutique villa is also in an area renowned for watersports including surfing.
San Sebastian/Donostia is famed internationally for its gastronomy and culture, and it is the European Capital of Culture for 2016. Despite being so rich in culture and art it is a friendly, relaxed and accessible city. You can choose to dine at one of the incredible seven Michelin Starred restaurants or try the famous local pintxos (a kind of tapas). If high life gets too much, you have a choice of breathtaking coastal paths to walk or can explore the green hills of Guipuzcoa. There is a wide choice of nightlife and San Sebastian hosts international jazz and film festivals, which will ensure that whenever you and your guests visit your memories will stay with you for ever.
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