San Antonio's first neighborhood is now a thriving arts and crafts community. La Villita, Spanish for "little town," settled over the centuries by Spanish, Germans, and, in the '30s and '40s, a community of artists, was once the site of an Indian village. A number of the buildings have been continuously occupied for more than 200 years.
This little village on the river was restored by a joint effort of the city and the San Antonio Conservation Society. Located near the River Walk on the south side of the San Antonio River, it is laid out like a Mexican village, populated with boutiques, craft shops, eateries, art galleries, workshops, theatres, artists and a few original adobe buildings.