Starting in pretty Zuloaga Plaza in San Sebastian’s delightful Old Town, your expert local guide will lead you towards the beginning of an exhilarating walk up Monte Urgull, an impossibly picturesque hill overlooking the city.
Our first stop will be at batería del Gobernador, from which we will enjoy truly spectacular views over the Gulf of Biscay, the east side of the city and the popular Zurriola surfing beach in the Gros neighbourhood.
Further up, we’ll see the English Cemetery, where soldiers who fought and died with the British Expeditionary Force are buried. We’ll spend some time here, learning about the Siege of San Sebastian and read some of the soldier’s stories in stone.
Our next stop will be a shooting range (which is no longer in use, thankfully) before continuing our walk up to the charming old castle and the city’s history museum.
Our uphill walk ends at the foot of the Sacred Heart statue, rewarding you for your physical exertion with the best views over the city. Cameras at the ready!
A visit to the castle jail is next on the agenda as we make our way back down the hill, to see eerie drawings that prisoners created centuries ago. Along the way, we’ll stop at another viewing point (we told you that you’d be spoilt for choice with all the wonderful vistas on offer!) and hear about the region of San Sebastian, known as Gipuzkoa and get an overview of its now legendary gastronomic culture.
We’ll pass by yet another battery of cannons, called Las Damas (meaning ‘ladies’ in Spanish), so called because the women of San Sebastian used to visit the nearby water fountain and would stop to chat with the soldiers garrisoned there.
This is a great spot to stop for a bird’s eye view of the city, where your guide can show you some of the main, unmissable spots around the Concha Bay: The City Hall, Hotel Londres, the Concha, Ondarreta Bay and Igueldo Mountain. The importance of the pretty promenade railings of La Concha will also be explained.
You will definitely be thirsty by now! A much needed drink at one of our favourite bars in the city is up next, to help the history you have just learned to digest quickly!
Your tour will end on Subida del Castillo street, where we’ll take some time to admire the most recent artistic representations of the city in graffiti and the very famous street artist, Bansky, who has left his mark here.
We will say goodbye at the port, once a busy fishing harbour, and now largely a marina for yachts. Here there are plenty of lovely restaurants and pintxos bars to visit, after building up a healthy appetite on our walk! Before you go, don’t forget to ask your local guide for tips on what else to do during your stay in stunning San Sebastian.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, one drink at the end of the tour.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide, bus tickets if required.
Dress standard: Please wear comfortable walking shoes (no high heels or thongs/flip-flops!). A rain jacket or umbrella would be handy in case it rains.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: During this tour there is a steep climb up to the hill of Urgull. The total gain of altitude is 123 metres. This hike is not recommended for those suffering from heart problems or high blood pressure and should be avoided by those with hip or knee replacements or anyone who is afraid of heights. Please contact us if you have any concerns regarding the physical requirements of the tour; private tours are available for those looking for a slower pace.
Closure of sites: If the museum on the top of the Urgull Hill is open, we’ll stop to visit. If it is closed, we will continue with our tour.
Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.