El Kursaal Complex
Conferences, exhibitions and cultural activities in the huge, translucent, glass cubes by the sea.
The Kursaal Congress Centre and Auditorium is one of the most iconic buildings in the city of San Sebastián. It is located opposite the Playa de la Zurriola. The huge translucent glass cubes look like two beached rocks. To get there, cross the Urumea River over the historic Zurriola Bridge. In addition to being the venue for the international film festival, this conference centre houses different spaces for cultural activities. It is the work of Rafael Moneo and has received one of the main European prizes for contemporary architecture: the Mies van der Rohe Award. The building was built on the same site as San Sebastián's Gran Kursaal Marítimo, which included a casino.