One of the main tourist attractions in San Sebastian are the beaches. Each one of them has its own personality. La Concha is the most famous, Ondarreta the most familiar and together they form the Bay of La Concha. Then Zurriola Beach is the youngest and surfing orientated and finally we have the little one on the Island of Santa Clara. They all make up a group of beaches fully prepared to offer all types of services to the swimmers.
La Concha Beach
La Concha is considered one of the most beautiful urban beaches in the whole of Europe. Taking into account the three main beaches in San Sebastian, La Concha is the most classic, the best well known, the most central and the most visited of them all. It is one and a half kilometres long and covered with fine white sand. Here elegance and good manners are given priority.
It became popular as the Royal Family spent their summer holidays here at the beginning of the 20th Century and it is known as the “Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea”. The railing along the promenade is considered as one of the city’s most universal icons.
Located on the Antiguo neighbourhood, between the Igeldo Mountain and the gardens surrounding the Palacio de Miramar, the Ondarreta Beach offers 500 metres long by 100 metres wide stretch of sand. Volley-ball, paddle-ball or football are truly classic games here.
Waves, surf and youngsters, these are the three main ingredients on the Zurriola Beach. This is the liveliest and with most atmosphere of all the beaches in San Sebastian. It is situated in the Gros neighbourhood, between the Kursaal Cubes and the Ulia Mountain. Since it was totally done up 20 years ago, it has been the favourite destiny for surfers and youngsters from all over the world who want to have fun and meet new people.
It is the most dynamic beach: constant competitions and surf courses are taking place. The origin of all beach activities is here, along the 800 metres Zurriola beach.