Let’s go to the beach
San Sebastián’s beaches are one of the greatest summer attractions. Each one has its own personality: the Concha, the best known, and Ondarreta, a family favourite, make up the Concha Bay. The Zurriola, largely taken to by youngsters and surf-lovers, and the little stretch of sand on Santa Clara Island round off the beaches in the group organised under in a single Environmental Management System and offer swimmers a full range of services.
La Concha beach at low tide
The most classic, most photographed, most visited... We’re talking about the iconic Concha Beach. Its landscape and its fine white sand make the Concha unique, the second top city beach in the world according to the Travel and Leisure magazine. The Concha stretches out for a kilometre and a half, with the accent on elegance and delightful city views.
Lying between Monte Igeldo and the Palacio Miramar gardens, Ondarreta proposes over half a kilometre in length and 100m in width for taking in the sun. Volleyball, beach-tennis and football are real classics on this beach. On stormy days, the waters of Ondarreta attract vast numbers of surfers and bodyboarders.
Zurriola beach from Mount Ulía
Waves, surf and youngsters. These are the main components of the Zurriola Beach, the liveliest beach and the one most popular with surfers in San Sebastián. Located in the district of Gros, between the Kursaal ‘cubes’ and Monte Ulía, ever since it was remodelled in the mid-90s, the Zurriola Beach has been a favourite destination with surfers and youngsters the world over. On the Zurriola you can find surf courses and championships, volleyball, football matches or people playing beach-tennis...
THE ISLAND BEACH
A mini-beach on Santa Clara Island
Isla Santa Clara is home to San Sebastián’s fourth beach. Being no more than 30 metres in length leaves this tiny beach at the mercy of the tide, but it also makes it delightfully charming Despite being so small in size, it offers all kinds of services, from a bar and terrace to a first aid post, and even its own natural swimming pool with sea water.
How to get there?
In summer, by boat every half hour from the harbour to the Island jetty.