Noble and majestic. That’s the Aiete Park. Standing on the hills surrounding the city, the park is remarkable for its impressive gardens and, of course, for its mansion. The walls of the building witnessed the comings and goings of aristocrats including Queen Isabel II, Queen Victoria of England, Queen María Cristina and Alphonse XIII, all of whom chose the mansion as their place of summer residence. It has recently re-opened as a culture center packed with creative activity. The gardens, designed by Pierre Ducasse, conceal fabulously romantic ponds certain to prompt visitors to disconnect from the reality of everyday life.