Another incredible attraction in San Sebastián, as if you already didn't know, are the beautiful beaches and world class surfing. In the centre of the city, right next to the Old Part, is the famous La Concha Bay viewed by many as one of the most beautiful city beaches in the world. Due to its enclosed location, the waters here are calm, shallow, and situated on a smooth, rock free sand. This makes it ideal for bathing or swimming out to 'La Isla Santa Clara' in the centre of the bay.
San Sebastian's second most famous beach, La Zurriola, is a real surfer's paradise. Located just on the other side of the Urumea River, Zurriola is a 5 minute walk from the centre of the city located in the 'Barrio Gros'. This beach is popular amongst the youth and water sports enthusiasts. Here, at any given time, you may see upwards of 100 surfers with several games of beach volleyball and beach soccer going on simultaneously. While summer invites many beginner and learning surfers, winter can see waves of up to double over-head and during proper tide/sand conditions: epic waves!
La Ondarreta, located on the other side of La Concha, near the upscale 'Barrio Antiguo', is perhaps the most relaxed of San Sebastian's beaches. It generally has less people than the other beaches, and is less frequented by the multitude of tourists that converge on San Sebastian annually. It is located near the famous "Peine de los Vientos" by the famous Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida.
Zurriola has a habit of forcing more advanced surfers to the surrounding beaches to search for better quality waves. Have no fear, there's no shortage of points, beach-breaks, and reefs in the Basque Country. One look at Google earth will reveal the curves, crags, and potential of this coastline. With France just a 30 minute drive away, it's not uncommon to tell friends back home, "Yea, I just surfed Hossegor on Saturday and Mundaka on Sunday..." But if you're looking to escape the crowds, Pais Vasco has plenty of surprises in store. Those who search will be rewarded. Be sure to check out Anglet, Deba, Lafiettania, and of course Mundaka. For those looking to test their skills (or for those who are just plain mad) the world famous big-wave spots Roca Puta and Playa Gris are less than an hour away. Wanna Surf is always a good starting point: Wanna Surf Pais Vasco