Historic San Antonio
San Antonio offers visitors a rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of early Spanish colonial life in the Southwest. As the first civilian settlement in Texas, San Antonio de Béxar was founded in 1718. And today, many of these early architectural and cultural elements remain, allowing you to see into the city’s storied past. Whether you take a guided tour or explore on your own, you’ll enjoy learning about San Antonio’s historical significance.
UNESCO World Heritage Yanaguana Missions Tour – The Unforgettable Experience
San Antonio’s dynamic past is highlighted in this curated vacation package. Explore the fascinating history and colorful culture of the city with an exclusive getaway that takes you back through time while providing modern luxury.
All year long, San Antonians remember and celebrate historic events with festivals, parades, concerts, marches, art shows and more. Fiesta, our 11-day signature event in April, commemorates the victory of the Texians over the Mexican army on April 21, 1836, at San Jacinto, just weeks after the fateful Battle of the Alamo. Fiesta is just one of many events listed here that pay tribute to our history and heritage. We’ve also created a three-day itinerary to help you make the most of your tour of cultural landmarks.
Historic Sites & Landmarks
Five 18th-century missions, now a World Heritage Site, stand as tribute to the men and women who brought European culture and Christianity to the region. La Villita, San Antonio’s first neighborhood, is still a bustle of activity, featuring art galleries, shops and restaurants. The King William Historic District was settled by prominent German merchants in the 1800s and grew to become the most elegant residential area in the city, zoned as the state’s first historic district. These are just a few of the well-preserved venues that show you why San Antonio is so unique.