Santa Clara Island

Island in San Sebastián

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Santa Clara island is located in the middle of Concha Bay, San Sebastián, it is flanked on either side by the Urgull and Igueldo mountains.

On the island is a 19th century lighthouse, a natural salt water swimming pool and a chiringuito bar with a terrace at the pier. It is an ideal place for bird watching.

In the 16th century it was a ‘quarantine zone’ for plague patients. Everyone in the town that was infected by the plague were transferred by boat to the island.

As it is only 406 meters from the coast it can be reached by boat, kayak or swimming.

  • By boat: You can take small blue boat that takes you directly to the island.Usually the larger white boat gives guided tours along the seafront of San Sebastián city, and its three beaches: Ondarreta, the Concha and Zurriola. There are also boats with underwater vision that take you around the entire bay.
  • If you go swimming there are floating ‘rest stops’ with slides to catch your breath.
  •  You can also hire kayaks from Ondarreta beach and paddle out to the island.

The Santa Clara Island appears in our Complete Guide to Visiting San Sebastián!

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Visiting Santa Clara Island


All day every half hour from 10:00 until 20:00.


Boats direct €4.00, tour the bay is €6.00 each way

Address: Kalea Isla de Santa Clara, 2, 20003, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Duration: 20 minutes

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