Parte Vieja#1 in Best Things To Do in San Sebastian
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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 to Antiguo), but it is the most lively. Parte Vieja's pedestrian-friendly streets are flanked by centuries-old buildings that house a plethora of restaurants, shops and bars. It's considered the best nightlife spot in San Sebastian, as well as the best place to grab pintxos (the local term for light bites, similar to tapas). These two tend to coincide among locals, who begin their nights out pintxos barhopping.
If you're not a night owl, you can still find things to do in Parte Vieja. Pintxos are served all day and there are a few architectural gems that warrant further exploration. The San Vicente church, located next to the San Telmo Museoa, is the oldest in the city, dating back to the 16th century. Basilica of Saint Mary of the Chorus, found at the base of Monte Urgull along the bustling Calle Mayor, is also located in this neighborhood. Meanwhile, Plaza de la Constitución is an excellent place to rest your feet and watch the world go by. Keep in mind, though, that the plaza's restaurants may be pricier than other parts of the city due to their central location.
Travelers loved the flavor of Parte Vieja, literally. While strolling through the neighborhood's charming streets is a lovely venture on its own, many travelers highly recommend taking advantage of the numerous pintxos bars that area has to offer. According to travelers, your taste buds certainly won't regret it.
Parte Vieja is free to explore all hours of the day at no additional cost, though individual businesses have their own hours and prices. You can find Parte Vieja at the base of Monte Urgull and toward the eastern end of La Concha Beach. For more information on Parte Vieja, visit San Sebastian's tourism board's website.
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