Although San Sebastian is considered a perfect destination for vacation, due to the mild climate, beautiful beaches and lovely nature surrounding it, this city has so much to offer when it comes to its culture and history. A perfect way to explore those is to go on a sightseeing tour of San Sebastian.
It is believed that the city of San Sebastian was founded around 1180 by the king Sancho el Mayor of Navarra. Due to the geographical location, the area of the city around Mount Urgull was used as a fortress where the castle was protected. Over the years, the city experienced several wars, and it was even occupied by the French for some time. After the Napoleon’s occupation in the beginning of the 19th century and the intense battle with troops from England and Portugal, the city has been completely destroyed and turned to ashes.
Those who survived where determined to rebuild the city, after which better times were ahead of San Sebastian city. The second half of the 19th century marked the beginning of the more prosperous times for the city and its inhabitants. Queen Isabel II visited the city and encouraged its development. In 1863 San Sebastian was named the capital of the Gipuzkoa province. The old fortress walls were demolished and the main activity of the locals became commerce. As the city developed, it turned to a popular tourist destination.
While you enjoy in the sightseeing tour of San Sebastian, you will visit some a lot of the places important as parts of history and culture. For example, you can visit Santa Catalina Bridge, Paseo Nuevo, Paseo de Francia, Calle Aldamar, Calle Miracruz, Avenida de Navarra, Avenida Zurriola, Zurriola Bridge, Plaza de Funicular, La Concha Bay, Calle de San Martin, Paseo de la Concha, etc.
There is no doubt that you will spend a lot of time Parte Vieja, the central part of the city. It used to be surrounded by walls, which were demolished as the reconstruction of the city began in 19th century. However, Parte Vieja is important because of the outstanding architecture which displays the influences of various styles and cultures. There are buildings where you can find San Sebastian apartment to rent in this part of the city. Two most important churches, the Santa Maria and San Vicente, are also in this part of the city.
If you want to learn even more about the Basque culture, it is recommended that you visit San Telmo Museoa. It is considered to be the oldest museum in San Sebastian, existing from the early 20th century. With several permanent and temporary collections, you will learn a lot about Basque culture and society. The museum has a large collection of artifacts as well as of modern art works, which are a true heritage of this Basque country. The exhibitions reflect the different epochs that affected the way of thinking and living, as well as the important milestones in the history of San Sebastian.