Located in the most centric part of the city, this beach was a much awaited destination when arriving to San Sebastián. We traveled there, after spending some time in Bilbao, to see and enjoy this sunny beach, which is full of people, ve don’t seem to bother each other, and put my feet “on the other side of the Atlantic”. It was an unforgettable moment.
It’s framed by the bay of the same name and surrounded by a beautiful esplanade with elaborate iron rails, where the artisans offer all kinds of necklaces, bracelets, wraps, etc.
It is surrounded by a great quantity of buildings, palm trees, tamarinds and a great quantity of all types and colors of flowers; the image of Sacred Heart on the top of Mount Urgull, by Federico Collaut-Valera, seems to guard the bathers, fishermen, sportsmen and inhabitants of the city.
The location of the beach, the telephone number and the website can be found in the official tourism website of San Sebastian.
You see it from afar and it doesn’t seem to say anything. But once you are closer, you can suddenly feel the wind, water, rocks and iron united in a symbiotic combination. Allow the wind to mess up your hair and spend some time seated in this almost magical place.
You have to get there walking, San Sebastián is the ideal city to walk and enjoy its contrasts: colors, beaches, buildings, food and landscapes.
Zarautz guards its treasures in its beach…even though the seafront is not what it used to, because the mansions and ancient houses have slowly given way to more modern buildings.
The beach is marvelous…and if you like surfing this is a great place. In fact, this place holds international championships every year.
I experienced very happy moments with my family in this beach when I was small and we went to visit the “uncles and cousins of Zarautz”…we were crazy with happiness to go there and I can still remember the smell of the sea when we walked towards the sea, crossing the railway tracks. If it was holiday I remember having “churros” with sugar when the sun was coming down.
When the tides go down, the beach is filled with little puddles, my sister used to run towards them without even waiting to take off her clothes and “dive” into them (more like getting her butt wet); we spent the whole day splashing around and playing in the sand. I also remember the “ratón de Guataria”, the rock that looks like a mouse.
In Mount Iguelo's Amusement Park, you'll find one of the best viewpoints in San Sebastian (I think it's a must-see). From there, you can, at a glance, the whole coast of San Sebastian, even beyond the city, the entire Basque coastline and its interior.
The old fishing village of Hondarribia is an essential place to visit if you are touring around the area. It is an extraordinary blend of a border town, with its old castle, currently a Parador, and a fishing village with brightly colored houses and balconies filled with flowers. High above the village, next to the castle, is the splendid church of Santa Maria Assunta. Cottages Guipúzcoa http://www.Toprural.Com/euskadi-pais-vasco/casas-rurales-guipuzcoa_bd-es-20.htm
This is one of the many parts of Donostia that will grab your attention! I love walking through the narrow streets of the old part, with its various taverns with pintxos and txiquitos. The harbor is on your left, the Bretxa market on your right, and in the background is the Church of Santa Maria, and in front, the town hall square and the beginning of Contxa Bay. You couldn't ask for more.
This cathedral is in Amara and was designed by the architect Sebastian Manuel de Echave. It is about 1900m2 and was opened in 1897. It was inspired by Germanic Gothic cathedrals and the stained glass windows were designed by Juan Bautista Lázaro. The windows that close the apse represent the 12 apostles and the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
It's in the extension of Amara and was designed by Sebastian Manuel de Echave. It's 1900m2 and was opened in the year 1897. It was inspired by Germanic Gothic cathedrals and the stained glass windows were designed by Juan Bautista Lázaro, those that close the apse represent the 12 apostles and the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
The flysch located between Zumaia and Deba is one of the most valuable treasures of all the Basque Coast, and it is considered as one of the most spectacular and famous in the world. The 6th of May of 2010, the International Commission of Stratigraphy recognized it as “a world referent to the history of Earth”. They are authentic sheets of sedimentary rocks that form an open book about 60 millions of years of geological history of earth. Many geologists all over the world gather annually in this place searching for data for their studies. The panoramic is very impressive, the flysch can be appreciated both in the vertical walls like in the ground. It is a fun place to go with children.
I would recommend that you put some rubber boots in your backpack in case you go down to the cove of Sakoneta. When the tide goes down there are infinite puddles where crabs, octopuses, starfish and periwinkles hide. Next to this cove there is a small place to eat, very basic. The tourist office organizes guided tours by foot or boat. Here is the link for activities:
Every Saturday at noon, San Sebastian Aquarium has a fascinating activity, in which guests can temporarily become an aquarium attraction by diving into a tank of a million and a half litres of water, surrounded by sharks, turtles, rays, eels and countless fish. The programme is: 12:00h: Arrival at the Aquarium 12:00h to 12:30h: Lecture on sharks and 12:20 to 12:45: Preparation and instructions 12:45H: 20-25 Immersion minutes. All you need to bring is your swimsuit and towel, and the aquarium provides the rest. An instructor will accompany you at all times, and two people can dive at once. Although it may seem boring to dive in a tank, especially for someone who has hundreds of dives under their belt, and also the water is cold, 18 degrees, compared to the norm in Asia or the Caribbean, which is around 30, the amazing thing is the proximity to the marine life. The bull shark, passing within a meter of you, is two metres long and weighs 200 kg.
This is where I spend a few days every summer, San Sebastián. One of the most beautiful cities I know as it's a mix of city and nature. The mountain that can be seen is the island of Santa Clara, at the center of a shell-shaped beach called La Concha beach.
Mount Jaizkibel offers spectacular views of the bay of Txingudi (mouth of the Bidasoa River).
It is worth taking the road from Hondarribia to go up the Jaizkibel while making some stops to take pictures or admire the beautiful landscape.
Afterwards, if you go by car, you can go all the way to San Sebastián, Pasajes, Lezo or Oiartzun. You can also go by bicycle.
I recommend making a stop in the sanctuary of Nuestra Sra de Guadalupe and the Tower of Santa Bárbara.
This funicular was opened in 1912 by Queen Maria Cristina. It's one of the most charismatic attractions of San Sebastian. It has a capacity for 50 passengers back and forth, and leaves at the end of Ondarreta beach and goes to the very top of Mount Igeldo. If you're in the city, don't hesitate to ride it. It's an unforgettable experience, and the views are spectacular.
I went up to this place on the bridge of the constitution for the first time; I had already been to San Sebastian several times, so it was time to visit here. I was not disappointed, it's a totally different view than the Igueldo, because here it feels like you're flying above the city and the old town. The museum there has different stories of San Sebastian - it is very good and it's free. It's worth making an effort and go.