The San Antonio Missions

Mission San José, established in 1720, was a model for other missions--and the most prosperous. Located just south of the Alamo, this “Queen of the Missions” represented a social and cultural center. Its 300 residents sustained themselves by raising livestock and tending to vast fields. The mission had its own gristmill and granary, which have been restored.

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Mission San Jose is located 4.6 miles south of Hotel Contessa and is accessible by biking, walking, or driving. There are numerous B-Cycle stations on your way, making it easy to reach any destination in downtown San Antonio. Just follow the River Walk Hike & Bike Trail and you can see for yourself the beauty and history of the San Antonio Missions. The Mission Reach section of the River Walk is only open from dawn to dusk as a natural area.