San Sebastián’s busy annual calendar of fiestas and festivals kicks off on the stroke of midnight at the start of January 20, the feast day of its namesake saint. Carnival too is celebrated in style, but the two biggest events of the year are the five-day Jazz Festival in late July (t943 481 900,, which attracts some of the world’s best-known performers and DJs, and the week-long Film Festival in the second half of September (

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