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Semana Grande. Big Week, Big Time: Understanding the tall and short of San Sebastian’s summer festival

Big Week, Big Time: Understanding the tall and short of San Sebastian’s summer festival of ‘pura alegria’. August 13-20, 2016 Compared to many deeply rooted festivals in Spain, Semana Grande’s history in San Sebastian is relatively short-lived. But the Big Week is absolutely packed with festivities, markets, contests, competitions, concerts and a general sense of joie de vivre which make it a high point of summer.

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Jazzaldia: All about the San Sebastian Jazz Festival

It’s summertime, blessed summer time in San Sebastian, a town which devours the sunshine as much as it does good food. And summer is entirely about seizing the day. The San Sebastian Jazz Festival makes the town that already seems like paradise infinitely better. Here are a few tips on how to make the most out of your days spent in the city during Jazzaldia based our past enjoyment of this festival.

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#pintxotime Stuffed and fried red pepper

The twins who run this bar sauté ground beef with a light béchamel, stuff it into a wood-fired piquillo pepper, dip it in a light tempura batter and deep fry this satisfying and delicious dish.

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#Pintxotime in Rioja

La Rioja is bordered by the Basque Country and Navarre to the north, Aragon to the east and Castilla to the southwest. It’s valleys and mountain ranges, channel seven rivers into valley including the famous Ebro River. Together, they create a plush and green area that generously nurtures agriculture.

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#Pintxotime Bilbao

The Guggenheim effect has changed much about the city of Bilbao. Contemporary architecture, public art and well maintained green spaces line the Nervion river where dilapidated warehouses stood just 20 years before. Art galleries, cool shops and cocktail bars have replaced corner stores and shipping offices but Bilbao adheres to tradition where pintxos are concerned.

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Aste burua (Weekend in Basque)

Txistulari Band, folk music concert, XV Tango Festival, Andrés Calamro, Andy Warhol...

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