Who doesn’t love going to the beach?

San Sebastian has three amazing beaches, each with their own personality. In this post I’ll guide you through the beaches of San Sebastian, so you’ll find the perfect San Sebastian beach for your needs!

San Sebastian beach named “Best Beach in Europe”

In 2018 La Concha was named Best Beach in Europe by Tripadvisor, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that is the only place worth going in San Sebastian. The two other San Sebastian beaches, Playa de la Zurriola and Playa de Ondareta, are also worth a visit, and here is why:

San Sebastian surf beach!

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Playa de Zurriola is San Sebastian’s number one surf spot!

Here you’ll find both beginners and pros riding the waves.

If you don’t know how to surf,

this San Sebastian beach is a great place to learn it. If you go to the area right behind the beach, called Gros, you’ll find multiple surf schools and places where they rent out boards and wetsuits. I can highly recommend Pukas Surf Eskola, who has talented and very patient instructors. If you stay in San Sebastian through a longer period, they are also very flexible with when you want to schedule your classes. It is completely up to you when you want to surf, really!

zurriola san sebastian beach

If you are already a surfer, you probably know this site, but for someone who is new in the surf world a look at Magic Seaweed’s surf forecast may be a good site to check before you decide to go surfing. On this site, you’ll find information about the wind and weather, the waves and the tides.

A lot of young people use this beach as it has a lot to offer.

Besides of surfing,  it is possible to gather a group of friends and play beach volleyball at the nets. It is also a great place to meet new people if you are travelling on your own.

If you are not at the beach to do sports, there also plenty of space to tan and hang out. It is also a nice place to bring a drink and enjoy the sunset,

but don’t stay too late!

There are machines cleaning the beach at night and you don’t want to be in it’s way!

Beautiful Ondarreta beach

ondarreta san sebastian beach

Playa de Ondarreta is located between La Concha and Monte Igueldo. Someone told me, that this San Sebastian beach is the place where the rich people go. Which kind of makes sense in the way that it is very close to a neighbourhood with a lot of big, expensive looking houses. Another person told me that a lot of the locals go here because there are fewer tourists. I think this is true, due to the fact that La Concha often is more convenient to them, because it is slightly closer to the city centre.

Anyway, Ondarreta is a really nice place!

The water is almost always calmer here than at Zurriola, which makes it a perfect place for a swim. You are also a bit away from the city centre, but not too much.

If you are up for a challenge, a swim from Ondarreta to island Santa Clara is possible! I haven’t done it myself yet, but I would like to try at some point.

Europe’s best beach: Playa de La Concha

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Number one San Sebastian Beach, La Concha, is like the landmark of San Sebastian.

When you google pictures of San Sebastian, most of the pictures will show La Concha.

The beach is beautiful and because it is inside the bay, the waves are smaller here than at Zurriola. This means that a lot of tourists go here to swim as well as families.

You have to be aware of something though,

When the sun is out, there’s always a lot of people here.


the beach is very close to the centre of the city, which makes it the perfect place to cool down and relax after a long day of shopping and sightseeing in San Sebastian.

la concha san sebastian beach

Walking along La Concha at night is one of the most beautiful things you can do in San Sebastian. The city is lit up all around the bay and it is truly stunning. During the day a walk along the beach can also be a great activity since there’s almost always something going on.

If these three beautiful beaches aren’t enough for you, I would recommend you to visit the nearby village of Zarrautz, which is home to the longest beach in the region.


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