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Guipuzcoa. With a marked own identity and gastronomy as its banner, Gipuzkoa gathers big charms in a small territory.

With regard to extension, Gipuzkoa is the smallest historic territory in the Basque autonomous Community and in Spain. Located in the Bay of Biscay, in the Atlantic axis, its 2,000 square kilometres has seven rivers as their backbone (Bidasoa, Oiartzun, Urumea, Oria, Urola and Deba), which begin to flow in the nearby mountains. The 86 kilometres of Gipuzkoa's coast alternate the cliffs formed by the erosion, clean beaches, and fishing ports with a great tradition. Zumaia's museums, Getaria's carveries, Zarautz's big beach, or Hondarribia's medieval streets are only some of the stimulating charms of what we know as Gipuzkoa Coast.

 

San Sebastian

The beauty of its Bay, known as the Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea; its situation in a natural amphitheatre facing the sea and protected by mountains; its quality of life, and its famous gastronomy have turned it during the past two centuries into a world-class tourist destination.

Shaped by history, it started out as a fishing village; grew as a market town and military fort, with the invasion by Napoleon's troops; and after being almost completely destroyed in 1813 by the garrison's battle against the Anglo-Portuguese, it was chosen by Queen Isabel II as the Royal Family's summer residence and began to flourish as a services city.

It was in the late 19th and early 20th century that San Sebastian emerged as a city of culture, full of amenities and Northern Spain's tourist destination par excellence. Its majestic buildings and their eclectic style, which reflected the contemporary tastes of the Royal Family and bourgeoisie, give it a stately character that has adapted well to changing times.

Cultural activity grew at the same pace as tourist activity, so that today the city boasts a top quality performing arts and cultural programme. The International Film Festival, The ‘Jazzaldia’ Jazz Festival and Music Fortnight are the highlights of its year-round programme, which also includes themed film festivals such as the ‘Surfilm’ Surfing Film Festival and the Film and Human Rights Festival, and performing arts events such as the ‘dFeria’ Theatre Festival.

San Sebastian is world famous as a food tourism destination, since it's collected more Michelin stars per square metre of its territory than anywhere else in the world; and, as the birthplace of the “new Basque cuisine” movement, it's nurtured the renaissance of Basque gastronomy. The quality of its ingredients and its world famous “pintxos” give much pleasure to both local people and visitors all year round.

European Capital of Culture 2016

San Sebastián, European Capital of Culture 2016

Why did we want to become European capital of culture?

Because we are committed to culture and education in values as instruments of change and social transformation, as the keys to undertaking the enormous challenge of today’s Europe, its cities and all who live in it: “learning to live together as different people”.

San Sebastian as a seedbed of peace for reflecting on new, social challenges; as an experience-based laboratory to address the conflicts arising in the everyday coexistence between people who think and feel differently.

To achieve our goal, we realise that ways of understanding and practicing culture must change, and that this change must come from people, their creative energy, their ability to transform, and their civic commitment.

Claim 1
'culture and education as non-violent platform from which to address the conflicts arising in the everyday coexistence between differente kinds of people'
claim 2
'We don’t only want to parade the culture of what we are, what we have and what’s to come like an enormous showcase. We want to draw on culture as a vehicle of chang'

 

Technology centres

TECNALIA 

The privately owned and operated Technology Corporation, formed in the Basque technology sector, is an international reference. It is made up of the Azti, European Software Institute (ESI), Fatronik, Inasmet, Labein, Neiker, Robotiker technology centres. The sectors are formed by multidisciplinary teams that offer optimised services to different strategic industries, achieving a more comprehensive, specialist and excellent proposal for business and government environments. They include the following fields: Aerospace, Foundries, Metal and Steel, Agrarian, Infotech, Innovation Systems, Food, the Urban and Industrial Environment, the Information Society, Automotive, the Environment and natural resources, Software, Construction, Fishing and marine, Telecom, Energy, Health.

IK4 

The CEIT, CIDETEC, GAIKER, IDEKO, IKERLAN, TEKNIKER y VICOMTech technology centres formed the IK4 Alliance, maintaining their status as independent organisations while benefiting from a common project. It is divided into 8 broad fields: Mechatronics, Microtechnologies, Management and Industrial Production, Biotechnology, Information Technologies, Energy, Materials and Processes, the Environment.

Clusters

These Basque companies are grouped into over 25 industry associations and form 14 clusters. These clusters are reference points of Basque social capital, particularly in the province of Biscay.

Clusters are located near companies, government and associations or interconnected organisations from a specific field, and have complementary and common aspects.

  • ACEDE Basque Country Association of the Home Appliances Industry
  • ACICAE Basque Country Automotive Industry Cluster
  • ACLIMA Basque Cluster Association of Environmental Industries
  • AFM Spanish Association of Machine Tool Manufacturers
  • KNOWLEDGE CLUSTER
  • ENERGY CLUSTER
  • PAPER CLUSTER
  • BASQUE MARITIME FORUM
  • GAIA Basque Country Telecommunications Cluster Association
  • HEGAN Basque Country Aeronautics Association Cluster
  • UNIPORT BILBAO PORT COMMUNITY
  • BIOSCIENCES CLUSTER
  • EIKEN Audiovisuals CLUSTER
  • ITCs Transport and Logistics CLUSTER
     

Business development

SPRI 

The SPRI Group is the enterprise development agency for the Basque Government, dedicated to serving the business community in the Basque Country.
Their goal is to support and encourage Basque companies, whatever their size, sector or location.

200 professionals manage 75% of the budget of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Trade and Tourism of the Basque Government and care for its distribution through services, programmes, investments and grants.
The SPRI Group consists of two main areas: Infrastructures and Operations
Infrastructures have four technology parks and an industrial land society (SPRILUR), which manages 18 industrial estates.

The area of operations consists of a private equity firm with 7 funds, 4 Enterprise and Innovation centres, an external network in over 60 countries and SPRI, a dynamic node serving them all, based on the Department of Economic Development and Competitiveness guidelines, within the Department of Industry, Innovation, Trade and Tourism.

This plan sets down three clear strategies: Resist (funding guarantees, loans and equity to withstand the crisis), Compete (performances on technology, R & D, information technology, and entrepreneurship to help prepare a competitive future) and Lead (leading strategic projects for pioneer European sectoral diversification and transformation ).
Their website aims to be a tool to ensure that their information and services reach potential beneficiaries in the simplest most effective manner.

  • VISION: “Become a reference in Europe as a public institution for the competitive transformation of the business fabric”.
  • MISSION:Support, promote and contribute to improved competitiveness of Basque companies, thereby helping to generate wealth in the Basque Country and improving the welfare of its citizens through sustainable human development in the scope of the Basque Government’s Economic Promotion Policy.

Remodelled facilities

- Father Altuna Building-Lecture Halls
- D. Aranzadi Building-Deusto Business School-Executive Education and Postgraduate Studies Offices
- F. Garate Building-Innogunea
- Other facilities