San Sebastián Parte Vieja or Old Town
Area in San Sebastián
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.
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Visiting San Sebastián Parte Vieja or Old Town