Santo Tomas in Donostia San Sebastián

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Santo Tomas day, December 21, is celebrated throughout the entire Basque Country although celebrating it in San Sebastian be very special. This wonderful celebration of rural origins of our culture dates back to the nineteenth century. The day originally coincided with the payment of land rents . On this day San Sebastián is turned into a rural market and the Constitution Square is filled with local products, our magnificent fruits and vegetables, fragrant and tasty cheeses from sheep and cow, various specialties for foodies made with duck , bread , bagels, etc … One of the main “attractions” of the festival is the sandwich with Txistorra ( talo with Txistorra ) … Enjoy this fantastic day during your stay at our hotel in San Sebastián.

This day “officially” marks the beginning of Christmas period in San Sebastian. This is a day for food lovers and not just a day of entertainment and fun. Here’s a preview of what will be.

As you can notice from the video one of the main “characters” of this celebration is the Txistorra. In the old part of San Sebastian street stalls proliferate. Indulge yourself with one of this fantastic sandwiches. The countless bars of the Old part of the city also offer these fantastic special sausages.

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In homage to the rural tradition every year “the Cerda” (fat pig), will be at the Plaza de la Constitution for everyone who wants to see it.

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San Sebastián on this day literally turned into a rural market. The epicenter in the Plaza de la Constitution. Child and fathers dress up with old clothes to create this amazing traditional holiday atmosphere. Cheeses, breads, traditional sausages of all kinds and more vegetables and farm produce in abundance will allow a special “shopping”.

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I hope you enjoy an unforgettable stay at the Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra as city of San Sebastian and a fantastic St. Thomas day.

Do not hesitate to contact our staff if you require any information.


Elena Estomba Garín
Assistant General Manager at Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra

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