in June 2011, San Sebastian was nominated the European City of Culture for 2016

Donostia-San Sebastián (Basque: Donostia; Spanish: San Sebastián, known officially as Donostia-San Sebastián) is the capital city of the province of Gipuzkoa, in the Basque Country, Spain. Locals call themselves donostiarras both in Spanish and Basque. Its population is 185,000 (2010) and the population of its metropolitan area is 405,098. (From Wikipedia )