Fodor's Expert Review Kursaal
Designed by the world-renowned Spanish architect Rafael Moneo and located at the mouth of the Urumea River, the Kursaal is San Sebastián's postmodern concert hall, film society, and convention center. The gleaming cubes of glass that make up this bright complex were conceived as a perpetuation of the site's natural geography, an attempt to underline the harmony between the natural and the artificial and to create a visual stepping-stone between the heights of Monte Urgull and Monte Ulia. Home of the Basque Country's symphony orchestra, the venue is also a favorite for ballet, opera, theater, and jazz performances. It has two auditoriums, a gargantuan banquet hall, meeting rooms, exhibition space, and a set of terraces overlooking the estuary.