The 4 best Beaches in San Sebastian (Donostia)

Welcome to San Sebastian, a coastal and beach city, known as the beautiful Easo, is bathed by the northern part of the Atlantic and located in the Gulf of Biscay. With a promenade in front of the bay of La Concha, where the wonderful landscapes of the northern coast coexist with the typical restaurants of the local gastronomy, directed by world-class chefs and recognized with numerous awards including “Michelin Star”. If we go into the Old Part of the city, we will discover a great variety of wine and pinchos bars and bars, along with some luxury stores.

Ondarreta Beach

playa de ondarretaOndarreta Beach is bounded by the leafy Mount Igeldo and the well-known Miramar Palace, and located in the famous Old Quarter guarded under the gaze of the imposing Monte Igeldo Amusement Park. As for its dimensions, Ondarreta Beach is approximately 600 meters long and 100 meters wide. It stands out from its nearby competitors for the great width of its beach compared to the others, which will allow us to place our towels and umbrellas more easily in the busiest times of the year. One of the biggest peculiarities of this coastal area is the change of tides, since at times of low tide you can almost walk to the island that we see in front of the beach. It is very common to find people playing beach sports such as beach soccer, beach volleyball, or beach tennis.

Zurriola Beach

zurriola beach

La Zurriola Beach is bounded by Mount Ulia and the Kursaal, located in the well-known Barrio de Gros, and framed in a natural setting where we can even venture for a walk along the coast passing by the Faro de Plata. If this beach is known for something is for its young and surfer atmosphere that surrounds both the beach and its surroundings, in which we can find various businesses related to water sports such as surfing and bodyboarding, in which we offer even rent the necessary equipment to practice it, as courses if we are still inexperienced in these activities. As for its dimensions, it has a length of more than 800 meters and a width of approximately 100 meters. It should be noted that Zurriola Beach was reshaped in 1994 by removing an old breakwater.

Playa de la Concha Beach

playa de la concha

La Playa de la Concha or Kontxako hondartza (Basque) is possibly of all the beaches of Donostia the best known of all, visited by tourists and of course also frequented by locals. However, its reviews among the people of the area are not the best, possibly because it is too crowded in the busiest times of the year like summer, however it has received some international awards naming it as one of the best urban beaches of the moment. Just bordering the beach area is the promenade which is separated from the beach by the famous Barandilla de la Concha, a true symbol of the city of Guipúzcua.

Santa Clara Beach (Island)

santa clara beach

Santa Clara Beach is possibly the one that most surprises strangers when they visit San Sebastian. Why? Well, for the simple fact that this beach is located on an island, Santa Clara Island, just a few meters away and well visible from the coast of Guipuzcoa. In addition, Santa Clara Beach is only available at low tide hours, since it is then completely submerged by the tides. And how do we get to this beach? We have several options, on the one hand many are those who venture to get there swimming since at low tide hours is practically walking almost all the way to the island, plus it is relatively close. There are kayak or canoe rentals on the coast. There is also a motorboat service in summer and Easter that leaves every half hour from the port to the pier of the island.

How to get to the beaches of San Sebastian ? Map of the beaches of San Sebastián:

how to get to the beaches of san sebastian

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