- duration 2 hours
- tour type Group
- age requirement 6+ yrs
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Soak up a dizzying array of spectacular views across the Bay of Biscay and the city of San Sebastian from atop Monte Urgull
- Work up an appetite for lunch in one of the world’s top foodie cities with a morning hike
- Discover the colourful history of the city as you pass castles and old garrisons and soak up the sights of Old Town
- Enjoy a drink with us in one of our favourite local bars
Looking for an energetic introduction to San Sebastian that offers you a slice of history, a spot of exercise and the absolute best views over our beautiful city? Then look no further! From the historic Old Town, we’ll take you on an adventure up Urgull Hill where you’ll hear stories about Donostia and its rich and colourful past, enjoy spectacular vistas across the city and get an overview of its must-do sites from a local, with a spectacular bird’s eye view that is sure to get you orientated con rapidez! After this tour, you’ll feel like a proper Basque — beret optional!
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.
- Local English-speaking guide
- One drink at the end of the tour.
- Additional food and drinks
- souvenirs and personal shopping
- tips/gratuities for your guide
- bus tickets if required.
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Cancellation for this Mysterious Urgull Hill: Window to San Sebastian Walking Tour tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.Payment
Full payment of 40 USD is required to confirm this tour.Travel Insurance
Mysterious Urgull Hill: Window to San Sebastian Walking Tour tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Mysterious Urgull Hill: Window to San Sebastian Walking Tour tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.Meeting start point :
Zuloaga Plaza, on the steps leading to Urgull Mountain, next to the entrance of San Telmo museum.Meeting end point :
Port / Old Town of San Sebastia