'Remember the Alamo!' You certainly will if you opt for San Antonio holidays. The battle that spawned the famous rallying call was fought here in 1836. But the history and the fierce spirit of the fight for Texan independence linger on in this colourful city, which is today a beguiling mix of American West, Mexican and Spanish cultures. The historic buildings of that long-ago time are here still - but so are galleries, boutiques, museums, markets, and a whole lot else besides.
The River Walk is the beating heart of the city - a beautiful tree-lined walkway flanked by fine old buildings. It's at the very heart of the action, with lots of key attractions nearby and several en route. Shops, restaurants and stalls line the river on both sides, and there's no finer place to be than at an open-air eatery, tucking into Tex-Mex while mariachi music drifts on the breeze. You can cruise the river by boat, too.
San Antonio's five Missions (including The Alamo) are also close to its heart, and strolling amid their seventeenth-century structures and picturesque grounds on the Mission Trail evokes the spirit of long-gone Frontier days. San José, Queen of the Missions, with its stunning church and centuries-old stone walls is especially unforgettable.
But the modern face of San Antonio is just as attractive, and there's fantastic shopping, while a visit to the trendy Southtown district reveals art galleries, new wave restaurants, food trucks, and a buzzing bar and club scene. Plus there's museums, the famous zoo, and a clutch of theme and water parks to enjoy - while if you're a fan of NBA basketball, you'll want to catch the Spurs in action.
And there's the rest of Texas to explore of course, with Austin in striking distance. Just don't forget the Alamo!.