Spanish Heritage Itinerary
America’s The Historic Coast is known for its deep, enduring Spanish roots and heritage. Take this opportunity to dive into our city’s history and get an unprecedented glimpse into where St. Augustine gets its inimitable Spanish flair. We’ve included for drinking, eating and discovering your way through this colorful, cultural community.
MORNING | Breakfast and Castillo de San Marcos
The Castillo de San Marcos is a defining landmark of Spanish Heritage in St. Augustine. It is one of the only two fortifications in the world built out of a semi-rare form of limestone called coquina. Castillo de San Marcos is also the oldest masonry fort in the United States, completed in 1695.
La Herencia Café
Dine in this small Cuban-American restaurant in the heart of historic downtown St. Augustine, serving Cuban food from family recipes and breakfast all day.
Castillo de San Marcos
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, watch as park rangers and reenactors in period dress give historical weapons demonstrations and presentations on the life and experiences of the Spanish soldiers stationed in St. Augustine in the 1740s.
The Spanish Wine Festival
Occurs each Spring More information at www.spanishwinefestival.com Experience warm and welcoming Spanish culture while sampling 100+ Spanish wines. St. Augustine’s love of Spanish wines dates back more than 450 years, when Pedro Menendez and the first European settlers arrived with their ship’s survival provisions including treasured stores of Spanish wine.
AFTERNOON | Lunch at Taberna Del Caballo and Visit the Colonial Quater
Taberna Del Caballo
Step back in time into the candlelit 18th century-styled taberna. Enjoy savory tapas, flatbreads, Sangria and cold beverages in an intimate atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else.
Witness centuries of St. Augustine history come to life with an immersive Historic Adventure Tour, climb an authentic 35-foot watchtower, and savor traditional pub fare or Spanish tapas – all within Colonial Quarter’s captivating 2-acre attraction.
Insider’s Tip: Come back in the evening for live music under the Colonial Quarter’s lantern-lit oak trees. Free concerts held regularly. www.colonialquarter.com/music
EVENING |Dinner and Exploring
Aviles and St. George Streets stand as two of the oldest streets in America, and are currently two buzzing districts of art, entertainment and culture. Historic sites are just steps away from Northeast Florida’s hottest galleries and famous restaurants.
Known as Florida’s oldest restaurant, the Columbia is a favorite among generations of families for serving authentic and award-winning Spanish and Cuban cuisine.
St George Street and Aviles Street
St. George Street spans the center of Downtown St. Augustine and is pedestrian only. Historic Aviles Street is just around the corner, featuring a quaint neighborhood with cobblestone streets and a variety of shops, galleries, cafes and historic sites.
Spanish Military Hospital Museum
View authentic medical artifacts from Spanish-era St. Augustine. Take time for the 40-minute guided presentation and gain accurate insights into historic Spanish medical practices in St. Augustine.
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine
The Cathedral Basilica is America’s first parish and the oldest Catholic church in the city. The Spanish-style architecture houses exquisite murals and elaborate stained glass windows. Guided tours are offered and all are welcome to light a candle in prayer.
MORNING | Breakfast and Mission Nombre de Dios
Back in 1565, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés claimed this site for Spain and the Church. Father Francisco López de Mendoza Grajales, chaplain of his expedition, celebrated the first parish Mass here and spurred the Spanish settlers’ devotion to Our Lady of La Leche, which continues on today.
Coffee, crepes and more at this casual stop on your way to Mission Nombre de Dios.
Mission Nombre de Dios and Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche
Stop by the Mission and experience where some of St. Augustine’s strongest Spanish Heritage took root more than 400 years ago.
TRUE STORY: The Mission Nombre de Dios was founded by Spanish explorers as America’s first permanent community.
AFTERNOON | Lunch and Exploring
As America’s oldest city, St. Augustine is home to many architectural sites worthy of recognition. The historical homes from the second Spanish Period, 1783-1821, are especially significant due to the roles these sites played in St. Augustine’s past.
Spanish Bakery & Café
A St. Augustine favorite for over 50 years, the cafe serves empanadas, picadillo and sandwiches made fresh daily. Homemade soup, gazpacho and salads complement freshly baked bread to satisfy the heartiest of appetites.
The Ximenez-Fatio house is one of the nation’s best preserved historic Spanish boarding houses. The house was owned and operated by three successive women. Through the 19th Century, it set the standards for tourism and represented a shift in women owning property.
Tour St. Augustine’s “oldest house” built in approximately 1702 and owned by a soldier named Thomas González. In 1812, it was the home of St. Augustine Mayor Geronimo Alvarez. Currently, the house belongs to the St. Augustine Historical Society. It is open daily for tours.
EVENING | Dinner at Michael's Tasting Room
Michael’s Tasting Room
Fine Spanish dining featuring innovative twists on heritage classics, live entertainment and world-class wine pairings.
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Florida's Historic Coast is known for its deep, enduring Spanish roots and heritage. Take this opportunity to dive into our city’s history and get an unprecedented glimpse into where St. Augustine gets its inimitable Spanish flair. We’ve included for drinking, eating and discovering your way through this colorful, cultural community.
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