San Sebastián Jazz Festival
The third week in August is a must on the world jazz-festival circuit
Magnet for the greats of jazz
Its mix of weather, beaches, cuisine, gracious architecture, and people has made San Sebastián an ideal spot to hold a high-powered jazz festival - one that since it debuted in 1966 has become one of Europe's top events of its type. Also called Heineken Jazzaldia, it's held the third week in July, and every year it hosts the giants of jazz, from Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles back in the day to more recently Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Bebo Valdés. Its epicentre is the Victoria Eugenia Theatre, but there are plenty of other venues as well, such as the Kursaal, La Zurriola Beach, Plaza de la Trinidad, and various nightspots such as Altxem. Groovy, cats...
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