Saturday, 27 March 2010

San Sebastian

On the last day of our holiday we had to drive the 140 miles from Fuentearrabia to Santander to get our ferry back to UK. On the way we paid a short visit to San Sebastian to visit the site of the 1813 siege.

San Sebastian is now a very popular holiday resort, and like many Spanish towns not the easiest of places to find your way around. We had a battlefield map, but that proved of little help as we drove down the fast two lane road along the river into the town. At one point we found ourselves on the wrong side of the river!

Our destination was the Castle of La Monta which sits on a very large hill which in turn dominates San Sebastian. We followed the road as far as we could go, and were relieved to find we had arrived in the castle car park.

We climbed to the top of Mount Orgullo and were rewarded with spectacular views of San Sebastian, and were at last able to orientate ourselves. Unfortunately the small musuem was closed, but we were able to explore the castle for a couple of hours.

We then walked back to the car park and found that we were in the old town. Another hour rambling around the narrow streets and we had found a lovely cafe in an old square where we had lunch and read a description of the siege in Jac Weller's "Wellington in the Peninsula".

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