In any other place, a mountain next to the most touristic area, with wonderful views of the city, with a castle at the top, with a lot of history and easy accessibility would be a point full of tourists. All these conditions are met by Monte Urgull, however there are not many people who climb it. That is why we call it the great unknown.
A place that in the12h century was an authentic military fortress thanks to its location and its walls, which have seen the history of the city and which of course were direct witness of that August 31, 1913 in which , during the War of Independence, the Old Town was razed and burned except one street.
On the top of the mountain is a castle, Castillo de la Mota, guarded by its cannons. And crowning the castle we can see the Sacred Heart, 12 meters high statue that can be seen from any point of the city both day and night. Also known as Cristo de la Mota, it is a work of Federico Coullaut.
But this is not all, because on the side of the mountain, right next to the Paseo Nuevo, is the English Cemetery because according to the legend the English soldiers who died during the first Carlist war are resting in piece there. The explanation of why the cemetery is there is simple. It is the northernmost point of San Sebastián, so that those buried there look towards England.
But the most important question, how can we go up there? There are 4 different paths. The oldest one is found next to the Basilica of Santa María. We can also start the road in front of the San Telmo Museum, at the confluence of Mari and Virgen del Coro streets or in Paseo Nuevo.
If, on the other hand, you do not want to go up the mountain, another option is to go up Mari Street, walk the whole mountain slope for what is called the priests walk, a nice walk from where you could see the whole port and the Bay of the Concha.