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Best Beaches Around San Sebastian

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San Sebastian is a beachside community, a la Cannes or Malibu. It has a ritzy, glamorous vibe to it; a highly-respected film festival is hosted here every year. Although it lacks some of the innate charm of a Mediterranean city, San Sebastian packs its own share of delectable treats — specifically its scenic beaches and the mini-neighborhoods which spring up around them. In this guide, I'll take you through some of San Sebastian's best sandy stretches, showing you the top places to take in the maritime majesty of this northern Spanish gem.

Good for
  • Beach Goer
  • Like a Local

9 Places

3 City Tips

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9 Places

La Concha Beach

Beaches

Ondarreta Beach

Beach & Pool Clubs, Beaches

Miramar Palace

Castles

Santa Clara Island

Islands

Zurriola Beach

Beaches

Monte Igueldo

Mountains

Peine del Viento

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Aquarium

Aquariums

Kursaal

Architectural Buildings, Conference & Convention Centres

Scott K's City Tips

  • The best time to hit the beach is early to mid-morning, especially in the warmer months when huge crowds are naturally expected around midday.
  • San Sebastian is quite small in comparison to other European cities, so you may easily get from site to site on foot.
  • San Sebastian is very reliant on tourism, so you will be hard pressed to find spots not brimming with holidaymakers. This means that timing your day correctly is essential to avoiding the crowds!
  • La Concha Beach
    Beaches
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    Scott K Says:

    The foremost beach in San Sebastian, La Concha is a long stretch of sand, extending from the city's Parte Vieja west to the Miramar Palace. It is accessible only during the mornings or early afternoons during low tide: At night, the tide rolls all the way up to the concrete wall that separates the beach from the bustling boardwalk on Kontxa Pasealekua. La Concha is a truly lovely sight: pleasant, urbane, picturesque, and is a must-see on any trip to San Sebastian.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Visit La Concha Beach from the early morning to noon. Particularly during the summer, as temperatures and crowds tend to rise after midday.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 72 things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • MY SAN SEBASTIAN!!! 19/03/2019
    • Beautiful beach and views 13/03/2019
    • La Concha Beach
    Address:
    De la Concha Ibilbidea
    San Sebastian - Donostia
    Spain
  • Ondarreta Beach
    Beach & Pool Clubs, Beaches
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    Scott K Says:

    Ondarreta Beach is a 600-meter long lane of oceanside sand located in the extreme west of La Bahia de La Concha (La Concha Bay.) Known as a family-friendly version of its more famous neighbor to the east, Ondarreta is a perfect place for active families to go for a day under the sun. Public facilities like bathrooms, showers, and lockers are all available — but be warned, Ondarreta is also notorious for its large crowds.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Ondarreta Beach can be reached on foot or via public transportation. The closest bus stop to the beach is Satrustegi on line 16.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 72 things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful beach 13/03/2019
    • Great beach to take the family 13/01/2019
    • Ondarreta Beach
    Address:
    Avenida de Satrustegui
    San Sebastian - Donostia
    Spain
  • Miramar Palace
    Castles
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    Scott K Says:

    Miramar Palace delivers visitors exactly what it promises — San Sebastian's most stunning seaside vistas — and for this reason it deserves a mention in any comprehensive guide for beach-lovers. This former summer palace for the Spanish royal family is notable for housing acres of ornate gardens, most of which hold a magnificent view of La Concha Bay. Constructed in 1893, Miramar Palace was built for Queen Isabel II and her family. Now the palace serves a number of civic functions for the city of San Sebastian, from an auxiliary building for the University of Pais Vasco to a staging area for ritzy parties during the San Sebastian Film Festival.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • In mid- to late-September, you might catch a glimpse of celebrities at the Miramar Palace when the building hosts parties affiliated with the San Sebastian Film Festival.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 72 things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • English country house with a view 02/11/2018
    • Fantastic view 27/10/2018
    • Miramar Palace
    Address:
    Paseo de Miraconcha, 48
    San Sebastian - Donostia
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 943 21 90 22
    Other:
  • Santa Clara Island
    Islands
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    Scott K Says:

    The beach on Santa Clara Island, open only during the summer months, is a unique alternative for the avid beach-goer. Santa Clara Island, which is located smack-bang in the middle of La Concha Bay, is home to only two buildings: a lighthouse and a small dock. The latter is the destination for cheap boat rides to and from the rocky landmass. Once on the island, visitors can explore the small beach nestled on the side of the dock's narrow landing.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Be sure to ask what time the low tide is expected to come in before heading off to Santa Clara Island: Depending on the hour, the beach there is often submerged.
    • Boats to Santa Clara Island leave every half an hour from the San Sebastian harbor.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 72 things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Breathtaking jewel with charming tiny "private" beach. 19/09/2018
    • Nothing Special In Off-Season 09/09/2018
    • Santa Clara Island
  • Zurriola Beach
    Beaches
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    Scott K Says:

    Known as the beach for the younger crowds, Zurriola is a wide stretch of sand located to the east of La Concha Bay, between the Kursaal Convention Center and Monte Ulia. Come here to have a lively — sometimes rowdy! — seaside experience filled with sand and sports. Zurriola Beach is especially popular with surfers, but you will also find people playing beach football or volleyball here as well.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Zurriola Beach is easy to get to by bus. Lines 13, 29, 31, 37, and 42 all have stops at Zurriola in front of the Kursaal.
    • For a nighttime stroll, the boardwalk lining the side of the beach makes for a pleasant route.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 72 things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of the best in Spain 06/03/2019
    • Surfers paradise 23/01/2019
    • Zurriola Beach
    Address:
    Paseo de Zurriola
    San Sebastian - Donostia
    Spain
  • Monte Igueldo
    Mountains
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    Scott K Says:

    Monte Igueldo is a large mountain that overlooks the western edge of the La Concha Bay. Particularly after a day at the Ondarreta Beach, a trip up to the summit of this leafy hill is a perfect way to experience the majestic scenery of San Sebastian. To get to the top of Monte Igueldo, visitors can either use private transportation or a funicular. The latter will drop you off at a small amusement park that is great for families and young kids.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Parking is available next to the funicular entrance just outside of the Ondarreta Beach.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 72 things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great views, funicular and oldstyle amusement park. 13/03/2019
    • The most incredible views 11/03/2019
    • Monte Igueldo
    Address:
    Plaza del Funicular, 4
    20008 San Sebastian - Donostia
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 943 21 35 25
    Other:
  • Peine del Viento
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Scott K Says:

    The 'Combs of the Winds' sculptures, the brain child of San Sebastian-born sculptor The three steel sculptures by Eduardo Chillida, blend naturally into the rocky landscape of the western shore of La Concha Bay. Located a short distance away from Ondarreta Beach, these sturdy iron structures capture, according to a description by San Sebastian tourism officials, 'a profound dialogue between art and the landscape.'

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • "Combs of the Winds," or "Peine del Viento" in Spanish, can be best be reached on foot. The sculptures are located directly north of Ondarreta Beach.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 72 things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Spectacular when the tide is high 18/03/2019
    • Nice views of Cantábrico Sea waves splashing 24/02/2019
    • Peine del Viento
    Address:
    Paseo Eduardo Chillida
    San Sebastian - Donostia
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 943 48 10 00
    Other:
  • Aquarium
    Aquariums
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    Scott K Says:

    The Aquarium of San Sebastian, with its 31 tanks and more than 40 different species of fish, is certainly not as large as other similar ocean-related museums around the world. But for the first-time visitor to San Sebastian, it is an absolute must-see. Beautiful, ornate tanks stretch through the length of the aquarium, which is located on the eastern shore of La Concha Bay. The aquarium is perfect for groups or families, particularly after a long day out under the sun on the beach. It is an affordable and fascinating journey into the aquatic life that comprises so much of San Sebastian's seaside character and culture.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Admission is free for kids younger than four.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 72 things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic collection of amazing fish and sea creatures,superbly displayed. 21/03/2019
    • All the family will enjoy 20/03/2019
    • Aquarium
    Address:
    Plaza De Carlo Blasco Imaz, 1
    20003 San Sebastian - Donostia
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 943 44 00 99
    Other:
  • Kursaal
    Architectural Buildings, Conference & Convention Centres
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    Scott K Says:

    The Kursaal convention center is the epicenter of San Sebastian's most important cultural events. Movies featured in the city's annual late-summer film festival are premiered and featured here, and throughout the year it also hosts myriad events, parties, conferences, and concerts — including performances from world-renowned orchestras and ballet troupes. Located next to Zurriola Beach, it's the perfect place for the beach-goer to explore after sundown.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • It's also only a short walk away from the Parte Vieja.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 72 things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia
    • Blight on an otherwise beautiful landscape 07/03/2019
    • Very good concert venue 08/01/2019
    • Kursaal
    Address:
    Avda. de Zurriola 1
    20002 San Sebastian - Donostia
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 943 00 30 00
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    09:00 - 14:00
    16:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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