“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
Located a stone's throw from the River Walk and all the major hotels, this charming historical neighborhood is one of the oldest in the state. Settled as an Alamo mission community in the 1770s, it later evolved into an independent town (Pueblo de Valero) before becoming part of San Antonio in the early 1800s. Reinvented during the Great Depression, today it's a bustling arts district dotted with galleries, craft factories, and historic dwellings. Great eats are here, too, despite a shortage of restaurants (there are only four). Visitors are especially fond of the cozy Fig Tree Restaurant, which overlooks one branch of the River Walk.