San Sebastian, officially known by the bilingual name Donostia / San Sebastián is a city and municipality located in the Basque Autonomous Region, Spain. It lies on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, 20 km (12miles) from the France–Spain border. The capital city of the province of Gipuzkoa, the municipality’s population is 188,102 as of 2021, with its metropolitan area reaching 436,500 in 2010. Locals call themselves donostiarra (singular), both in Spanish and Basque. The economic activities in the city are dominated by the service sector, with an emphasis on commerce and tourism. Despite the city’s small size, San Sebastian hosts 4 Universities and a dozen research institutes to stablish a lively academic and research community.