A pleasant walk on a rainy and autumnal Saturday afternoon through the Old Town of Donostia – San Sebastian.
The most visited place in San Sebastian is doubtlessly the Old Town. It is the second oldest neighbourhood in the city after Antiguo. It lies at the foot of Mount Urgull, protected by the sea on one side and the River Urumea on the other.
Delving into the Old Town shows you the real social centre of San Sebastián; its streets are crammed full of bars offering the best pintxos in the city and its emblematic buildings such as the Basilica of St Mary of the Chorus and St Vincent’s Church are both attractive and interesting.
The Plaza de la Constitución, one of the most famous squares in the Gipuzkoa capital, also lies in this part of San Sebastián. It is brimming with life and takes a starring role in the best-known local festivals such as the Tamborrada drumming festival.
A visit to the Old Town is therefore a “must” for tourists in San Sebastián as it gives us the chance to enjoy this area of the city with all our senses.
The Old Town, as its name suggests, is the embryo of today’s city. It is bordered by three natural elements: Monte Urgull, the Rio Urumea and the The Concha Bay. It was also surrounded by a city wall until 1863, when it was demolished to make way for the new town. Previously, almost the entire area within the walls had been pillaged and destroyed by Anglo-Portuguese soldiers on 31st August 1813, during the War of Independence against Napoleon’s troops.
I´m a girl from Donostia – San Sebastian (Euskadi (Basque Country) in the north of Spain) walking through interesting areas of my city and other towns to show you around. With my virtual walking tours you can experience places as if you were actually there! See the sights and hear the sounds with no added music.
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