Playa de la Concha

Beach in San Sebastián

Playa De La Concha, San Sebastian
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Playa de la Concha is San Sebastian’s most popular beach, and has been dubbed the most beautiful city beach of Europe. The beach lies to the west of the mouth of the River Urumea, separated from the town’s blue artery by Monte Urgull. It has fine white sand which stretches out for 1,350 metres and looks out onto the breathtaking bay and is surrounded by fertile rolling hills. La Concha Beach or shell beach is named after its seashell shape.

The beach offers all the water activities you would expect from a popular beach resort such as, jet skiing, kayaking, canoeing, parasailing, sailing etc.

The beach is as spectacular by night as it is by day, being illuminated by the white lights of the city, ideal for a evening walk along the promenade.

To the west lies Playa de la Concha is the Ondarreta, or ‘little beach’, which is a small beach further along from Playa de la Concha.

The rocky Santa Clara Island sits right in the middle of La Concha Bay. If you feel doubtful about swimming there you will find plenty of scheduled boat crossings. The island has a small jetty, a charming little beach just 30 metres long, a natural salt water swimming pool and a beach bar. A winding path takes you around the island to a lighthouse.

The Playa de la Concha appears in our Complete Guide to Visiting San Sebastián!

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Visiting Playa de la Concha

Duration: 2 hours

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