San Sebastián Parte Vieja or Old Town

Area in San Sebastián

San Sebastian Parte Vieja

The San Sebastián Parte Vieja or San Sebastián Old Town is a maze of quaint cobblestone streets with excellent pintxo bars and restaurants. The Historical Quarter is located at the foot of Monte Urgull, between the port and the Urumea, river, on one side of the bay.

It only takes a few minutes to stroll the length the Old Quarter but it is a food lovers delight with almost every other shop being a pintxos bar. Pintxos is the Basque Country’s answer to the Spanish tapas which include specialties such as deep-fried cod, marinated anchovies, handmade croquettes, and tortilla de patatas.

San Sebastián’s Old Town dates back to medieval times but much of it was rebuilt after a fire devastated the city in 1813. Places to visit include Municipal Museum San Telmo, the Gothic church of St. Vincente, the Baroque basilica of Santa María del Coro, and the stunning Plaza de la Constitución with its arcades and balconies.

What to see in the San Sebastián Parte Vieja or Old Town

  • Basílica de Santa María del Coro: The Basílica de Santa María del Coro, located in the heart of the historic center of San Sebastián, Spain, is a stunning example of Basque Gothic architecture. Dating back to the 18th century, this basilica is renowned for its elaborate facade adorned with intricate sculptures and its grand interior featuring ornate altars and chapels. Visitors can admire the basilica’s beautiful stained glass windows, exquisite artwork, and serene atmosphere as they explore this iconic religious landmark.
  • San Telmo Museum: Situated in a former Dominican monastery in San Sebastián, Spain, the San Telmo Museum is one of the city’s premier cultural institutions. Founded in 1902, the museum showcases the history and heritage of the Basque Country through a diverse collection of artifacts, artworks, and interactive exhibits. Visitors can explore galleries dedicated to archaeology, fine arts, ethnography, and contemporary culture, providing insight into the region’s rich past and vibrant present.
  • Plaza de la Constitución: The Plaza de la Constitución, located in the heart of the Old Town of San Sebastián, Spain, is a historic square with a lively atmosphere. Dating back to the 19th century, this charming plaza is surrounded by elegant Baroque buildings and is a popular gathering spot for locals and visitors alike. With its bustling cafes, bustling markets, and vibrant street performances, the Plaza de la Constitución offers a glimpse into daily life in San Sebastián and is a must-visit destination for anyone exploring the city.
  • Mercado de la Bretxa: The Mercado de la Bretxa, situated in the heart of San Sebastián, Spain, is a bustling food market that showcases the best of Basque cuisine. Dating back to the 19th century, this historic market is a feast for the senses, with stalls selling fresh seafood, local produce, artisanal cheeses, and more. Visitors can sample traditional pintxos (small snacks) at the market’s bars and cafes or purchase ingredients to create their own Basque-inspired dishes at home. With its vibrant atmosphere and delicious offerings, the Mercado de la Bretxa is a culinary destination not to be missed in San Sebastián.

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Visiting San Sebastián Parte Vieja or Old Town


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