May 10, 2016 | admin | Leave a comment San Sebastian del Oeste, commonly called San Sebastian, was founded in 1605 & has been designated by the government as a Pueblo Magico or historic colonial town. It’s located 2,300 mts or 4,856 ft. above sea level just 33 mi or 53 kl from PV or 1.5 hrs. by car or 2 by bus. The average temperature is 73F or 23C. There are about 600 inhabitants. The town is famous for being the first silver mining town in Mexico & has an organic coffee plantation with free tours. San Sebastian is made up of 300 to 400 year old homes , small inns,& a few restaurants . It has cobble stone streets & great hiking trails. The Tourist Office on the Main Plaza is open daily 9 am- 3 pm & you can get all the info from Manuel or Fernando, who speak some English. Phone # 322-226-7863. A 40 minute walk from the plaza will take you to the abandoned mine. Bring a flashlight. Any local child can show you the way. Visit http://www.SanSebastiandelOeste.gob.mx for more details . Getting There.. is easy by Public Transportation ( See my Travel Tips) From La Estancia, you can take a Taxi from where the bus leaves you off in La Estancia for about 100 pesos to go 5 miles to San Sebastian. SPECIAL TIP… if traveling to San Sebastian before you cross the long Main Bridge, just before San Sebastian ,stop at Panadoria Carmen’s Bakery Their open 7 am- 3 pm weekdays( closed on Tuesdays ) On Fri, Sat. & Sun. 6 am- noon. They have great freshly made muffins of all flavors plus coffee or hot chocolate. They’re relaxed garden atmosphere is just a few feet to the spectacular bridge. Try their unique Mexican Caviar. If you have a group, best to call ahead to order your muffins ,since they often sell out. Ask for Carmen or Jesus Tel.322-132-0620 Here’s some people you’ll meet ! The Tourism Office can answer any question ! Javier Lopez at the annual rodeo in Santana ! Visit Alejandro & Jose the silversmiths ! Come smell the roses in the Plaza ! WHERE TO STAY Hotel del Puente is located just one cobble stone street from the Plaza & Church, It’s our favorite. The 400 year historic structure has some rooms with 20 ft or 6 mt high original wood beam ceilings. The inter courtyard has flowers , sparrows singing & a wishing well . It’s managed by Sergio Trujillo Sanchez & his brother Samuel. It has 9 rooms & costs $ 34-50 per night for a double room, depending on the room and season. Our favorite rooms are #8 & 9. You’ll feel like you in the 18 t h century when you stay there. The phone # from USA is 00152- 322-297-2834 or 322-297-2834 in Mexico “Sergio” ready to check you in The inner courtyard WHERE TO EAT Paraiso Bar & Restaurant is located at Lerdo Tejada # 7 on a quiet cobble stone street just around the corner from the Tourist Office & 1 block from the Main Plaza. They serve authentic Mexican regional cuisine, fresh seafood & offer a 2 n d Margarita free with you meal. I’m not sure if that includes breakfast. It could be a great way to start your day. Open daily 9 am- 7 pm & take pesos & $US. Ask for Isaac Cueto, the owner or Julia Gomez, the manager. They also have rooms for rent.Tel.322-297-2931 El Fortin Café & Art is located on the plaza, open 11 am- 9 pm. They have an outdoor patio so you can watch the sunset & locals passing by on horseback. They also have an indoor art gallery. Try their curried chicken. Ask for Gabriel Cardenas ,the owner/manager, who speaks English. Phone # 322-297-2856 or cell 322-142-6881. Facebook El Fortin de San Sebastian Los Arcos del Sol Restaurant is located on & overlooking the plaza, with great views of the surrounding mountains. It’s our favorite place to have breakfast. They also have rooms for rent for $25 – 35 US per night, They’re open 9 am – 6 pm and take pesos or $ US. Ask for Margarita or Ricardo , the owners. Phone # 322-297-2854. Monte Bello Italian Restaurant has an open air flower garden terrace for seating. It’s located just around the corner from the Tourism Office. They’re open Thursday- Monday from 1 pm -9 pm. Walter Capelli , his wife Coco & son Fabio, prepare original & unique Italian dishes. We tried the spinach ravioli , veggie tuna pizza & some Italian wine. Pay in $ US or Pesos. No Credit Cards. Phone # 322-297-2883. Best to make a reservation. THINGS TO DO La Quinta Mary is an organic coffee plantation located just as you enter San Sebastian. It’s been operated by the same family for 4 generations. Open daily from 8 am – 6 pm. They give a Free Tour explaining the history & process from picking to your cup. They sell their coffee for you to enjoy when you’re back home. Pay in pesos or $ US.Ask for Rafael Sanchez ,who speaks a little English. El Porvenir Taller de Plata is a silversmith workshop located just 2 blocks east of the Main Plaza on the way to the abandoned silver mine. In the workshop you’ll find Alejandro Gutierrez, who speaks English, making jewelry and art out of silver that you can purchase to remember San Sebastian. Open daily from 10:30 am – 4 pm. Pay in pesos, $ US & Canadian. Phone #322-297-2857.