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Mysterious Urgull Hill: San Sebastian Walking and History Tour

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    What to Expect
    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Zuloaga Plaza, 20003 San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, Spain
    Departure Time
    9:30 AM
    2h 27m
    Return Details
    Donostia-San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa, Spain
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • One drink at the end of the tour
    • Alcoholic Beverages
    • Additional food and drinks
    • Souvenirs and personal shopping
    • Tips/gratuities for your guide
    • Bus tickets if required
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Please wear comfortable walking shoes (no high heels or thongs/flip-flops!). A rain jacket or umbrella would be handy in case it rains.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Had a fantastic tour this morning angel my guide was very helpful and knowledgeable about the history of san sebastian had a great morning walking up mount urgull
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    Response from Fernando P, Owner at Mysterious Urgull Hill: San Sebastian Walking and History Tour
    Responded 2 Oct 2019
    Hi Dawn, thanks for your great review! We appreciate you sharing your feedback with other guests. We all have fantastic times with our guests too. Regards
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    By: San Sebastian Urban Adventures
    Pam C
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Bike Tours are the WAY to go!!
    It was a great way to explore the city and get some local insight. It gave an aspect to San Sebastian that we
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    Great foodie experience with an amazing guide
    I loved every moment of this tour. Carlo was an amazing, fun and knowledgable guide who shared his personal
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    Tom Corrigan
    Great food tour in San Sebastian
    Our trip to San Sebastian on Oct. 14 got off to a great start with a food tour led by Sheranie van Hassel. We
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    Nicholas T
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Spectacular morning on the Camino
    Thanks to Lillian, our guide, for her patience getting us oldsters over the section of the Camino from Saint
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    Carlos was a wonderful guide. The other participant never arrived, so I was very lucky to get a tour on my own.
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    Louise T
    Very happy we did this walk
    What a great tour! It was raining when we started and that made the track quite slippery, however we are still
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    Pinchos tour of San Sebastián with Carlos
    We booked the Pinchos tour - 3 bars , 5 Pinchos and 3 drinks . Very enjoyable evening and Carlos our guide was
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    Geneva, Switzerland
    Great city, Great guide
    CARLO is the man ! We were lead by him through the best pitxos tavernas and Could have a taste of most delicious
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    Paul W
    Great food and food education.
    Good small group. Went to 3 different bars, tasted a wide variety of local hot pinchos, plus different drinks!
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    San Sebastián Food Tour Pinxtos and Wine
    Brilliant - a highlight of our trip. Carlo was fantastic, knowledgable, friendly - made us all feel very welcome
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