This weeks ‘View from the top’ is coming to you from the seaside town of San Sebastian in the Basque Country, Spain. I visited San Sebastian in the summer and one of the first things I did when I got there was climb Monte Urgull to get these stunning views over this beautiful town.
Monte Urgull is clearly visible from all over town as it is a huge hill with a very big statue of Jesus at the top which is lit up at night time as well. We popped into a bakery to pick up some supplies so we could have a picnic at the top and headed through the old town to find the entrance to the walking path. Ever the dutiful husband, Dan treked to the top with supplies whilst I got snap happy with my three cameras. Yes, I now have a Gopro, DSLR and an iPhone to use whilst travelling and it is getting very tricky to handle them all.
The hill at it’s highest point is 123m but it is a fairly easy walk up. On the way up we learnt that this was a defence area during the battle of San Sebastian, there is also a very small museum near the top that gives you a little history lesson behind the fort which my history buff husband very much enjoyed.
After a little look around the museum we walked around the fort area. Look at how pretty all of the old brick work is.
It is also has a very prominent statue of Jesus that was built in the 50’s at the very top and it is a great place to sit back and enjoy the incredible panoramic views over San Sebastian. The water was a bright turquoise and as the midday heat rolled around I couldn’t wait to head down to the beach and jump in the water.
Once we sat at the top of the hill and took in the view, we got out our little picnic and enjoyed the view whilst munching on sandwiches. We overlooked the old town of San Sebastian, it was bustling with people getting their lunch time fix on pinxtos, going up to Monte Urgull is a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the old town.
You can read about my other adventures in San Sebastian here.
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