It lies to the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula, 30 kilometres from the border with France. The cross-border region running from San Sebastián to Bayonne represents an important hub of social, economic and tourist development in the south-west of the European Union (EU).
San Sebastián is a medium-sized city with almost 186,000 inhabitants. It is a tertiary, tourist city, eminently commercial, with strong emphasis on services and congresses. In recent years, San Sebastián has moved into the leading position among European cities, largely because of its commitment to science, technology, sustainable development and culture. Its designation as European Capital of Culture confirms this pledge.
Its smart urban layout and short distances make San Sebastián perfect for getting around on foot, with sprawling pedestrian precincts bike lanes and promenades that hug the city coastline from tip to tip.
A city of deep-rooted international tourist tradition dating back to the 19th century, San Sebastián offers an excellent clean public transport service, an icon of architecture the Kursaal Congress Centre and Auditorium, a varied choice of hotels and, above all, what is now one of the best known creative gastronomies in the world.
The STEEP project is led by Fomento San Sebastian together with the Department of the Environment of the City Council of Donostia-San Sebastian and was approved within the Smart Cities call of the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union. The other partners consist of the cities of Bristol (United Kingdom) and Florence (Italy) as well as Tecnalia, Acciona, University of Bristol, ARUP, CSE, SPES and ATAF.
The aim of the project is the development of an integrated Sustainability Plan (both at city and at neighbourhood/district level), in other words, a Smart City Plan for the city and a Master Energy Plan which in the case of San Sebastian is confined to the Urumea Riverside District (which includes Ametzagaina park, the new estate of Txomin and the Industrial Estate 27, combining residential areas, green spaces and areas of industrial use).
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