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Discover Playa de la Concha: An Icon of San Sebastián

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Playa de la Concha, symbol of Donostia/San Sebastián and recognized as the best beach in Europe and Spain, offers a natural spectacle in front of Santa Clara Island. This internationally famous destination captivates visitors with its charming promenade railing and crystal-clear waters, making it the perfect place to stroll or immerse yourself in a unique bathing experience.

History and Culture on the Shore of San Sebastián

La Concha Beach is rich in history, with roots dating back to 1845 when Queen Elizabeth II popularized it for its therapeutic benefits. This aristocratic beginning marked the beginning of the transformation of San Sebastián into an enclave of elegance and distinction, consolidating its nickname as “Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea” and its reputation as one of the most beautiful urban beaches in the world.

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Connection with the Sea in San Sebastián

San Sebastián’s close relationship with the sea is reflected in the variety of maritime activities available, from boat trips to fishing and catamaran cruises, allowing visitors to discover the hidden beauty of the Donostia coast and its surroundings.

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Exclusive Services on La Concha Beach in San Sebastián

The beach has a wide range of services to ensure a comfortable and safe visit, including:

  • Sinks and showers
  • Cloakrooms and changing rooms (available in summer)
  • Lifeguards (in high season)
  • Rental of awnings, umbrellas and chairs (in summer)
  • Canoe and paddle surf (SUP) rental
  • With its privileged location in the heart of San Sebastián and its characteristic shape reminiscent of a shell, this shallow water beach is ideal for both relaxing and enjoying water activities.

A Unique Sports Experience

La Concha is not only perfect for a quiet walk along its fine, golden sand, but it also offers options for sports fans, with opportunities to practice paddle surfing, canoeing, and more, in an environment protected by Mount Urgull and Igeldo. .

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Explore the Surroundings of La Concha Beach

San Sebastian Nautical Club

The San Sebastián Yacht Club is an emblematic institution, located in a building that is a jewel of architectural Rationalism. Built in 1929 by architects José Manuel Aizpurua and Joaquín Labayen, its innovative design simulates the shape of a ship, integrating perfectly with the maritime landscape. In addition to being a meeting point for lovers of nautical sports, the Club Náutico is a symbol of the tradition and modernity of San Sebastián, offering activities and social events that enrich the cultural life of the city.

Alderdi Eder Gardens

In front of the San Sebastián City Hall, you will find the Alderdi Eder Gardens, a green space that captures the essence of the city’s landscape beauty. Designed in the late 19th century by French landscape designer Pierre Ducasse, these gardens are famous for their towering tamarisk trees and a vintage carousel that delight locals and visitors alike. The Alderdi Eder Gardens are the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing walk, offering stunning views of the bay and being a living testament to the urban planning and landscape design of the period.

Thalassotherapy La Perla

La Perla Thalassotherapy is a wellness center located in a privileged position in front of Playa de la Concha. Founded in 1912, this spa has been a benchmark in the therapeutic use of seawater, combining traditional techniques with modern innovations to offer relaxation and health treatments. La Perla not only stands out for its history and quality services, but also for its elegant architecture and panoramic views of the sea, making each visit a unique and rejuvenating experience.

Miramar Palace

The Miramar Palace, designed by the English architect Selden Wornum and inspired by the style of an English cottage, stands as a witness to the history of San Sebastián and its close relationship with the Spanish monarchy. Since its construction at the end of the 19th century, the palace has been a resting place for royalty, especially Queen María Cristina. Surrounded by gardens designed by Ducasse, the Miramar Palace offers spectacular views of La Concha Bay. Today, the palace and its gardens are open to the public, allowing visitors to explore a piece of San Sebastián’s history and enjoy one of the best viewpoints in the city.

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San Sebastián, with its incomparable Playa de la Concha and its places of interest, continues to be a destination that enchants and falls in love with its visitors, leaving an indelible mark.

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The three beaches of San Sebastián are Playa de la Concha, Playa de Ondarreta and Playa de la Zurriola.


La Concha Bay in San Sebastián has a length of approximately 1,350 meters.

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