Discover and learn in San Sebastián
The itinerary begins at the ‘La Bretxa’ market. We enter a building from the 19th century, which is named after one of the entry points through which the English and Portuguese soldiers took the city on August 31.
Once inside, we are witnesses of the day-to-day life of the city: people who enter and leave stores or who see, ask and buy regional products at the market.
After this experience, we continue our walk along San Juan Street. In the background, on the left, combining history with modernity, is the oldest museum in the Basque Country: the San Telmo Museum. This center exposes and brings its visitors closer to the cultural and historical past of the Basque society. This original building, former convent of the priestly order ´dominico´ built in the sixteenth century, which has evolved over time, keeps funds and testimonies of this town among its walls through which one can learn and understand the characteristics of this society a little more. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see it in person yet, don’t worry, you can explore its spaces in less than three minutes, click here:
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In addition, a guide, with a Spanish explanation shows the building and its treasures.
We leave the museum and we are located on the last street of old San Sebastián: the street of August 31. Located between the two oldest churches in the city, the church of San Vicente and the Basilica of Santa Maria del Coro, this street suffered its greatest nightmare on August 31, 1813: during the war of independence, the French army took the city of San Sebastián. The Spanish army joined the Anglo-Portuguese troops to expel the French army but, after obtaining it, the troops burned down and plundered the city. Only this street resisted.
Every August 31, at 9:30 p.m., the citizens of San Sebastián remember this chapter of history and its innocent victims, by turning off the streetlights and lighting candles.
Down the street, on our right, we find a small square, where a woman with a basket of bricks meets us. We don´t know her, until now, because if we approach her, we see that it´s a tribute, a made sculpture, to the people who helped rebuild the city.
We part from the woman and we continue our route. It´s a good time to enter one of the bars that we find along the street and try the famous ´pintxos´. The end of street August 31 and the end of our rest. We enter the Virgen del Coro street and from there we go to Mari street. With renewed strength, we go to the viewpoint of the port, from which we can admire a view of the San Sebastián port and fishery. Stop a few minutes and enjoy!