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Keynote speaker San Sebastian, Duncan Stevens. Duncan is one of the leading keynote speakers in and around the San Sebastian area who has worked for and alongside hundreds of global organisations, teams and leaders to cultivate a mindset for success, lead with more impact and efficacy and influence more effectively with the main theme of his keynotes – that of collaboration – working together to achieve success.

With a degree in business management, background in behavioural psychology, the founder of the Influence Association, author of the best-selling book Effective Influence and professional award-winning mentalist you can be assured delegates attending any events in San Sebastian will leave inspired and exited to take action on the principles they’ve learnt.

With over a decade of experience, Duncan is a professional motivational keynote speaker in San Sebastian who guarantees you will be inspired, and entertained and leave with a new perspective to create new opportunities. Some of Duncan’s frameworks are in use by some of the worlds most recognisable companies in Spain but also further afield around the globe.

All of Duncan’s keynotes are tailored to you, the audience drawing on his experience to make it as contextually sound as possible, after all, content without context is simply noise. This means not only will your delegates have fun and learn some practical strategies, they will also be able to see themselves using them. To learn more about Duncan as a motivational keynote speaker in San Sebastian or around Spain please watch his speaker reel below.

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“We secured Duncan’s services to help instil a winning mind-set and culture within our team. We had a mixture of new employees and more established team members and wanted someone to share collaboration best-practices, influence and persuasion strategies and the importance of winning together. Duncan went above and beyond our expectations and would  not hesitate to recommend him to other colleagues or event planners – brilliant!”


Conference Centres and Event Venues in San Sebastian

Victoria Eugenia Theater: República Argentina Kalea, 2, 20004 Donostia, Gipuzkoa

San Telmo Museum: Plaza Zuloaga, 1, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa

Tabakalera – International Centre for Contemporary Culture: Andre zigarrogileak plaza, 1, 20012 Donostia, Gipuzkoa

Parque Tecnológico de San Sebastián: Paseo Mikeletegi, 53, 20009 Donostia, Gipuzkoa

Hotel Maria Cristina: Paseo Republica Argentina, 4, 20004 San Sebastian

Kursaal Congress Centre and Auditorium, Avda. Zurriola 1, 20002 San Sebastian

Palacio de Miramar: Miraconcha, 48, 20007 Donostia, Gipuzkoa

General Information About The City:

San Sebastian is often called Donostia by the locals and is an incredibly picturesque city 1 hour from Bilbao in the northern region of Spain called the Basque region. This city is globally renowned, with 4-5 stunning sandy beaches of about 22km in combined length, one of the highest concentrations of Michelin Stars per square km in the world and has a mix of modern and colonial architecture. Still a relatively undiscovered gem in Spain and by tourists, San Sebastian is unique for its scenic beachfront boardwalk that hugs the coast, the hills and indeed the city and curves it way around La Concha Bay, offering serene views of Santa Clara Island and other small islands around the bay.

A walk through the bustling Parte Vieja, or old town, showcases a wide range of bars, upmarket restaurants, and chic shops. Here, over 22 Michelin-starred restaurants vie for people’s custom alongside northern Spain’s famous pintxos bars, each serving up high quality local fare and Basque delicacies. The is steeped in history and host the annual San Sebastian International Film Festival. Alongside bars and restaurants sits the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd and the San Telmo Museum, both representing some of many things tourists and conference attendees can enjoy.

Surrounding the city are the tree and forest adorned Basque hills, with San Sebastian nestled underneath and underscored by it’s gorgeous beaches.

San Sebastian as a Conference and Events City:

San Sebastian boasts a wide array of modern and traditional conference facilities such as the Kursaal, Victoria Eugenia Theatre, Congress Centre, and conference spaces within hotels such as the Hotel Maria Cristina, which can accommodate a large and smaller size conferences and events. Not only that but San Sebastian has excellent connectivity both domestically and internationally through its network of roads, rail, and nearby airports. You can either fly into the small airport of San Sebastian or do what I and most other tourists and delegates do and that is fly to the nearby industrial town of Bilbao and take a direct bus from there which takes about an hour.  

If you have chosen San Sebastian as an offsite for your conference or event and are looking to reward your team with meals out then San Sebastian is a perfect choice as it is renowned for its culinary scene, with one of the highest concentrations of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world. These restaurants can on occasion be hired in their entirety or induvial spaces perfect for networking and team events.

Alongside high-end dining, you can also find a wide range of cultural and recreational Activities and with the city being large but not overwhelming you can be sure to find a wide range of accommodation options perfect for the number of delegates you have coming to your conference. Accommodation options range from luxury hotels to more budget-friendly options, to cater to the diverse needs of conference attendees.

Places To Eat in San Sebastian as a Conference Attendee:

The top of my picks in San Sebastian is Arzak which can be found on Av Alcalde José Elosegi Hiribidea, 273, 20015 Donostia, Gipuzkoa. (+34 943 27 84 65) This high-end restaurant is led by Head Chef ‘Juan Mari Arzak’ and his daughter ‘Elena Arzak’, both internationally acclaimed chefs in the culinary world. In 2012, Elena Arzak was named the World’s Best Female Chef by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

Other highlights include Martín Berasategui found at Loidi Kalea, 4, 20160 Lasarte-Oria, Gipuzkoa (+34 943 36 64 71) and is a few kilometers outside San Sebastian. This has a warm and cosy feel showcasing some incredible Basque flavours and dishes.

Mugaritz found onn Aldura Aldea, 20, 20100 Errenteria, Gipuzkoa (+34 943 52 24 55) also sits just outside of San Sebastian but boasts and impressive array of Spanish and international wines in a historic building.  Restaurante Kokotxa is a long established restaurant and can be found at Campanario, 11, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa and offers meals using fresh ingredients and caters for all dietary requirements. Finally on our list is Asador Extebarri found at San Juan Plaza, 1, 48291 Atxondo, Bizkaia, which is slightly further afield but well worth the visit. Diners can be treated to local produce served and cooked perfectly again catering to all dietary needs. A couple of final mentions should go to Akelarre found on Paseo Padre Orcolaga, 56, 20008 Donostia, (+34 943 31 12 09) and  La Muralla found on Calle Legazpi, 8, 20004 San Sebastián which all regularly receive high reviews on Trip Advisor and Google Business.

San Sebastian Sights and Attractions for Conference Delegates:

San Sebastian is steeped in history but with a contemporary feel for the dining and sights and attractions catering to all the needs of conference delegates to explore in their free time:

Perhaps the best place to start is at La Concha Beach which is internationally recognized as one of the most beautiful urban beaches in Europe. It’s the perfect place to relax, walk, and swim with clean beaches, great waves for paddle borders and really safe with a high presence of police.

After you’ve had your fill of the sea and beach, it’s worth cooling down in thenOld Town (sometimes referred to as Parte Vieja): Here you can explore the narrow streets of the city’s old quarter, filled with historical buildings, historic and contemporary pintxos bars, and boutique shops.

For those conference delegates who like to walk, Mount Urgull and Mount Igueldo: For stunning panoramic views of the city, delegates can hike up Mount Urgull or take the century-old funicular up to Mount Igueldo. The latter also has a vintage amusement park.

Other places of interest for conference attendees and toursists alike include the San Telmo Museum where you can learn about Basque culture and history through their extensive collections of art and artifacts and the Tabakalera which is a former tobacco factory that has recently been converted into a contemporary art museum and workshop.

For a delegate day out you could try Pintxos Tasting: This is a culinary tradition in San Sebastian where pintxos are small dishes much like tapas that are served at bars and taverns throughout the city, particularly in the Old Town. Finally don’t leave San Sebastian without visiting the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd. This is the largest church in San Sebastian and boasts an impressive main nave and definitely worth the visit.