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San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian, Spain

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jun 08, 2023

Summary: People describe San Sebastian, Spain as a beautiful coastal city with stunning beaches, a vibrant culture, and a unique Basque cuisine. Expats love the city's relaxed atmosphere, its stunning scenery, and its friendly locals. The weather in San Sebastian is mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-70s Fahrenheit throughout the year. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,500 to $2,000 per month, depending on lifestyle. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $800 to $1,000 per month, while a two bedroom apartment can cost up to $1,500 per month. The population of San Sebastian is approximately 186,000 people.

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What do I need to know about living in San Sebastian?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to San Sebastian, they said:

"San Sebastian is a beautiful city located in the Basque Country of Spain. It is known for its stunning beaches, delicious cuisine, and vibrant culture. Before retiring in San Sebastian, expats should be aware of the cost of living, which is higher than the national average. Additionally, expats should research the local healthcare system and make sure they have adequate health insurance coverage. It is also important to familiarize oneself with the local language, as Spanish is the official language of the region. Finally, expats should take the time to explore the city and its surroundings, as there is much to discover in this beautiful part of Spain," wrote a member in San Sebastian.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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