The fortress is not large but it is very well sited, on a promontory jutting out into the Bay of Biscay. The town had a curtain wall and a citadel of the Castle of La Mota.
I copied this map from Frederick Myatt's book, "British Sieges of the Peninsular War".
We walked from the base of La Mota to the castle on a very warm and sunny day.
|At the top, there is a museum with a couple of guns outside|
|This looks like a medieval period breech loader|
|Inside the very small museum|
|The lower terrace has great views of the city|
|The Santiago battery|
|Looking East from La Mota, over the River Urumea, to Mount Olla|
|Looking South, over the City|
The next two photos I took the following day from the terrace of our hotel and just before breakfast. The sun was very low, just showing above the Chofre Sand Hills. The first shows the Isle of Santa Clara, then Mount Orgullo with Castle La Mota, then Mount Olla.
|This photo is the last one of the beach and city.|
11th July First siege of San Sebastian starts.
25th July Siege abandoned.
25th July - 1st August The Battle of the Pyrenées. Soult launches the French Army counter offensive to clear the Allies from the Northern Pyrenées passes but is defeated by Wellington's armies. The French withdraw into France.
6th August Second Siege begins.
31st August The town of San Sebastian falls.
1 - 8 September Allies lay siege to and take La Mota citadel.