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Monte Urgull is one of two peaks that bookend La Concha (the other is Monte Igueldo). The lush hill makes for a great hike, with incredible views awaiting visitors at the top. Along with the panoramic vistas at the summiy, hikers will find Castillo de la Motad, which dates back to the 12th century and once served as a fortress to protect the city from invasion. 

It's also home to the nearly 40-foot Cristo de la Mota, or Sacred Heart, statue (visible from the bottom of the hill). Relics, including canons, are strewn throughout, but if you're interested in learning more about Monte Urgull's long, storied role in defending San Sebastian, stop by the Casa de la Historia museum, also located at the top.

The easiest way to access Monte Urgull is to take the trail that starts in Parte Vieja. Follow the alley located on the left side of the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Chorus and you'll hit the path that goes up the hill. For a more scenic route, start at the San Telmo Museoa, also located in Parte Vieja, and follow the road along the sea all the way around the hill until you hit a parking lot, where another trail to the top starts.

Travelers say the hike can be challenging, but the views are completely worth it. From the peak, visitors enjoyed sweeping views of La Concha, Santa Clara Island and Monte Igueldo on one side, and Zurriola Beach on the other. But be forewarned: the ascent can be steep.

There's no charge to hike up Monte Urgull and the site is open 24 hours, but climbing the wooded hill at night is not recommended. You can find Monte Urgull at the base of Parte Vieja. For more information on Monte Urgull, check out the San Sebastian tourism board's website.

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#1 Parte Vieja Parte Vieja, also known as the Old Town, is the heart of San Sebastian. Despite its name, it's actually not the oldest part of the city (that honor belongs ... Read more » ibsky / Getty Images

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#4 Monte Igueldo Located on the western end of La Concha Bay, Monte Igueldo is a hit with travelers for its arresting vistas and attractions at the summit (just a few reasons why ... Read more » tichr / Getty Images

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#6 Zurriola Beach Located on the other side of Monte Urgull, Zurriola Beach (or Playa Zurriola) differs from La Concha in that it's an action-packed surfing spot. In fact, the waves are ... Read more » OnickzArtworks / Getty Images

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Parte Vieja is loved by tourists and locals for its attractive architecture, fun atmosphere and plethora of pintxo bars. Travelers and experts say is the best place to go pintxo bar hopping. ibsky / Getty Images

Pintxos, or Basque tapas, were developed in San Sebastian. Unlike Spanish tapas, which are given to patrons after they order a drink, pintxos are displayed on the bar, allowing diners to pick and choose what they want. Locals like to order one or two pintxos at the bar then hop over to the next establishment during nights out.   Scott R Larsen / Getty Images

Arguably San Sebastian's most popular beach, La Concha sits a few blocks west of Parte Vieja and is a gateway to numerous top attractions, including Monte Urgull. PocholoCalapre / Getty Images

Travelers say the views of San Sebastian from atop Monte Igueldo trump what can be seen from atop Monte Urgull. Take the funicular up the hill and you'll find breathtaking lookout points as well as an amusement park.  tichr / Getty Images

Located at the base of Parte Vieja and just a stone's throw from La Concha Beach, Monte Urgull affords incredible views of San Sebastian, including Playa Zurriola, from the top of its peak. Kaisa M?nnik / Getty Images

Zurriola Beach (Playa Zurriola) can be seen from atop Monte Urgull on the other side of the Urumea River in Gros. It is a popular spot for surfing, hosting local, national and international competitions yearly.  OnickzArtworks / Getty Images

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