The nice beaches of San Sebastian!

On a rather sunny cool day at 8C and rainy night, I sat over my blog and realized as in many that have written briefly on these two marvelous family past times of the past. They really deserve more ,so, a single post on them should be the remedy.  There is snow in Spain as well and my favorite areas are covered already so why not bring on the beaches of San Sebastian!

I came here with the family including my Dad (Mom had already passed away in France 2007). Even while living in Madrid never made it here, so ironically finally went to these wonderful beaches from France. I am talking about the Zurriola and La Concha beaches of San Sebastian.

I will tell you something extra on them and plenty of webpages to help you plan your family trip here.

The beach of Zurriola is one of the three beaches of the city of San Sebastián . It is located between the mouth of the Urumea river and Mount Ulía, and has an approximate length of 800 meters. Facing the elegant and quiet profile of the beaches of Ondarreta and La Concha, the beach of Zurriola has been consolidated as a beach with a younger profile and suitable for the practice of surfing (it is the most open beach and with strongest swell in the city) and to have  the Jazz Festival of San Sebastian and of competitions of bodyboarding, surfing, skateboarding and similar events. The practice of nudism is allowed since 2004, being one of the few Spanish urban beaches that allow it. Of course need to verify if still does no idea.

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Some webpages to help you enjoy your visit here are

Tourist office of San Sebastian on Zurriola

Tourist office of Donostia on Zurriola

Tourist office of Euskadi on Zurriola

Plages TV beach site on Zurriola in English

Webcam site on Zurriola

This is the beach area where we parked each time there by the Kursaal Congress area Gros neighborhood , really across from the beach. The parking is shown here:

The more popular beach but we still preferred Zurriola of all the beaches there, more intimate, and local. Of course, better for the younger crowds.

La Concha Beach is located in the Bay of La Concha in the city of San Sebastián. Located west of the mouth of the Urumea river, separated from the same by Mount Urgull and the center of the city and housed in the Bay of La Concha, the island of Santa Clara closing the bay. It has an average length of 1 350 meters, an average width of 40 meters and an average surface of 54 000 m².  It is a sandy beach and shallow, in which the tides travel often limits the surface useful for use. It can be considered a beach of urban environment and massive use. Of the same bay form f the beach of Ondarreta, more familiar, and not frequented by us.

San Sebastian

The shell railing (barandilla) extends from the city/town hall of San Sebastián to the Ondarreta beach, and only changes design in the area of the Caseta Real (Royal Hut) . To know the origins of this architectural element we go back to the time when queen Isabel II reigned and in which San Sebastián was visited by royalty. The handrail was  built in 1910 and inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII in 1916. It was placed by sections and the previous railing was moved to the Paseo de France. There is a stretch of railing totally different from the rest is where the Caseta Real was formerly. Right next to Thalassotherapy La Perla.

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san sebastian

It is the most popular beach there and one of the best in Europe. Some webpages to help you plan your visit here are

Tourist office of San Sebastian on La Concha

tourist office of Donostia on La Concha

Tourist office of Euskadi on La Concha

Plages TV site on La Concha in English

Webcam site on La Concha

There you go plenty to pick and enjoy your beach family trip to pretty nice San Sebastian or Donostia (basque). Always a pleasant visit by my family. And important to know the weather in advance you can count on Spain official meteo service AEMET. I have on la Concha but if you to Beach, you can change to see the others :enjoy it

AEMET meteo service of Spain on beaches of San Sebastian

Enjoy your time here in Summers of course. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!



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4 Comments to “The nice beaches of San Sebastian!”

  1. I visited San Sebastian on a very busy day when Biarritz were playing Munster in the Rugby European Cup.


  2. What month does the temperature turn warm enough again to use the beaches?


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