Great Week

From 11th to 18th of August, 2018

Video: Donostia Kultura

During the week of the 15th of August, the Virgin's Day, this festivity is held combining the International Firework Competition right in the middle of La Concha Bay.

The traditional cannon shot fired is the starting point of the festivity and takes place at the Alderdi Eder gardens at 19.00 hours


One of the most important elements of the Semana Grande is, without a doubt, the International Fireworks Contest, which includes the participation of companies from different parts of the world.


Also, music has an important place in the festival. Great musical stars gather in the capital of Gipuzkoa.



As far as sports is concerned, it is worth mentioning the classic swimming crossing from Getaria to San Sebastian, horse races, the beach-volleyball tournament and "herri-kirolak" exhibitions (Basque rural sports).


Furthermore, and like in previous years, children will have at their disposal workshops, games, gigantes and cabezudos parades, disco, toros de fuego (fire bulls), and so on.




ingrid van Riswijk 2017-07-06 23:30
What is the program of de grande semana san sebastien 2017?

San Sebastián Turismo 2017-07-07 09:29
Good morning.

The program has not been released yet. You will able to find it soon at:


San Sebastián Turismo
Nigel Edwards 2018-02-17 10:06

Do you have the dates for the great week in August 2018 available?

SAN SEBASTIAN TURISMO 2018-02-17 10:26

The great week Will start on the 11th and it Will finish on the 18th of August
Valerie 2018-03-30 14:35
I read an article that this festival takes place in September, but it is actually August? :(
San Sebastian Turismo 2018-03-30 14:49
Good afternoon,

This festival takes place in August. In September there is one week, the first week of September, for a festival related to Basque Culture, we do have also the first two Sundays a famous rowing competition and at the end of September the International Film Festival. Hope you find the information useful.
Donostia Turismo 2018-05-01 10:18
Thank you so much!
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Patricia 2018-05-25 22:52

What is the best way to find out about travel to the island from Spain? For example what is the closest airport to fly into from the US. I would love to attend Great Week 2018.

SAN SEBASTIAN TURISMO 2018-05-26 09:36
Good morning. could you tell us to which island you want to go? If you are talking about santa clara island, which is located in San Sebastian, you have, on summer, a regular transport by boat from 10 to 20:00, one every 30 minutes.
Claire Bashford 2018-06-10 18:28
Hello, we are staying in Deba from 9 August until 22 August 2018 and would like to know when the firework festival will be please? We have planned our holiday around this date because we missed the display last year because had arranged to go out for the day.

Many thanks
Claire Bashford
san sebastian turismo 2018-06-11 10:07
The great week Will be from 11th to 18th of August , 2018. Fireworks are every night at 22.45. The complete programe Will be published in our website about 8-10 days before the begining of the festival.

BEst regards
Claire Bashford 2018-06-12 14:46
That's great thank you. So looking forward to this :-)
Eddie Sanjuan 2018-06-19 10:33
Hi there - is there any running with bulls during the festival?
San Sebastián Turismo 2018-06-19 10:39
Good morning.

That is not an event traditionally made in San Sebastián.

You will be able to see the program at the beginning of August at

Alexandra Petersson 2018-07-01 11:14
I was just wondering where you should go to see the firewirks? Like, where should you stand to have a great view?

Thank you so much, sooo excited!!!
San Sebastián Turismo 2018-07-01 11:20
Hi Alexandra! The fireworks are thrown from the gardens of Alderdi Eder (next to the Town Hall) and are thought to see them from all the bay of La Concha. Although they can be seen from many points of the city, like the port, Urgull ...See you!
Hadar Mezamer Tov 2018-08-08 12:48
Hi, I will be staying in Bilbao during SS festival. When I started to make plans for a day trip to SS I found out that the last bus/train to Bilbao departs at 22:00. What other options do I have if I don't want to miss the fireworks? Are there really no buses at night?

Thanks in advance! Hadar
SAN SEBASTIAN TURISMO 2018-08-08 13:30
Good afternoon,

There are no special services for the Great week from San Sebastián to Bilboa
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