De ruta por los puentes de San Sebastián

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One of the hallmarks of San Sebastian is the Urumea river that crosses the city before flowing into the Cantabrian Sea. If you are planning to spend a few days in San Sebastian and going to stay in our hotel in San Sebastian, you should plan these bridges into your preparations for your visit. San Sebastian is full of charming corners and quaint bridges, some better known than others.

If you have not planned to walk along the nearby River Urumea, after reading this article you will have no choice but to include it into your list. The walk also means discovering six amazing bridges that cross it, each different in architectural style. Tell us, which one is your favourite!

1.- Bridge of the Royal Society.
If you start the bridge tour in the neighborhood of Loiola, the first bridge that you will see is the Bridge of the Royal Society. It opened in 2010, making it the newest bridge. It is named for its proximity to the Anoeta football stadium.

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2.- Bridge Lehendakari Aguirre.
Commonly known as the “fifth bridge”, this bridge connects both banks of the Urumea river at Amara Plaza Hotel. It is supported on the banks of the river and highlights the two arches rising more than 3 meters. Modern design, this bridge owes its name to Jose Antonio Aguirre, first lehendakari or commonly known as President of the Basque Government.

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3.- Mundaiz Bridge
Mundaiz Bridge has been as part of the physiognomy of the Urumea since 1999. Designed by architect Jose Antonio Fernandez Ordonez, this was also the first bridge to be built without the use of the river. It has been recently renovated, so you’ll have the chance to meet it in all its glory!

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4.- Maria Cristina Bridge.
Maria Cristina Bridge is not only one of the most iconic of Donostia, but also one of the nicest. It was built in the early twentieth century with the aim of connecting the San Sebastian center with the North Station. Its iconic highlight is the four monumental obelisks located at both ends. This bridge was inspired by the Alexander III bridge in Paris.

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5.- Santa Catalina Bridge.
Santa Catalina Bridge was the first to be built in San Sebastián in the fourteenth century. It was a long wooden bridge, so that it could topple in the event of war. After several deconstructions and reconstructions, it was finally built in stone in 1872. Currently, it connects downtown with the district of Gros.

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6.- Zurriola Bridge.
Zurriola Bridge is the closest to the river mouth. It is also known as Kursaal bridge, because of its location next to the Palacio de Congresos Kursaal. Erected in 1921, the most striking part of the bridge is the art deco style street lamps, designed by engineer Victor Arana.

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I hope you enjoy an unforgettable stay at the Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra en San Sebastián!

If there is anything we can assist you with please do not hesitate to ask our staff.

Best Regards,

Elena Estomba Garín
Assistant General Manager at Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra

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