La Concha Beach (Playa de la Concha) Tours

San Sebastian’s main crescent-shaped beach is of softest sand and punctuated at both ends by craggy hills: Monte Urgull to the east and Monte Igueldo to the west. Translating into English as ‘the shell’, La Concha was fundamental in the incarnation of San Sebastian as an elegant seaside resort favored by Spanish royalty back in the 19th century. 

The beach fills to bursting in the summer, when the bumpy waters of the Bay of Biscay are calm and pleasantly warm to swim in. Lifeguards are always on duty and there are showers and other facilities on the beach, making it safe and easy for families to enjoy a day on the sand. Two floating pontoons out in the bay are just the spot for sunbathing; beyond them the small, rocky islet of Santa Clara has a tiny beach that is a prime picnic spot and can be reached by motorboat or hired canoe.

Now backed by formal gardens, a brightly painted carousel, and a row of charming hotels, seafood restaurants and bars, the Paseo Nuevo promenade that runs the length of La Concha comes alive during the nightly paseo, when San Sebastian residents and tourists alike dress up and go out on the town.

Practical Info

Motorboats trundle back and forth to Santa Clara every half hour in the summer from El Muelle harbor at the east end of the beach. Canoes and pedalos can be hired by hour or by the day from a variety of venues along the beach.
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San Sebastian Private Walking Tour

Discover San Sebastian, the 2016 European Capital of Culture, on a private 4-hour walking tour tailor-made for you. Stroll along Concha Beach; visit landmarks such as San Sebastian Cathedral and María Cristina Bridge; and enjoy views along Spain’s Basque Coast.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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San Sebastian and Basque Coast Day Trip from Bilbao

Enjoy a flexible itinerary and personalized attention on this private tour of San Sebastian and the Basque coast. Departing from Bilbao with a private guide, you and your private party will explore San Sebastian to taste some traditional pintxo (tapas), stroll on the beach, and explore the quaint city center. Along the Basque coast, make stops in Zumaia as well as in Getaria for a seafood lunch.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Three Temple Tour The Ignatian Way

Combine several Christian sites in one itinerary with this full-day tour in the Basque Country. Learn about religion and architecture from a local guide while you explore the hilltop San Telmo hermitage, the Sanctuary of Loyola, and the Sanctuary of Aranzazu. Relax between stops over lunch with wine. Convenient hotel pick-up and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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San Sebastián Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Enhance your sightseeing in San Sebastián with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Travel with ease between Playa de la Concha beach, Miramar Palace and other top attractions, and hop on and off at any of the city-wide stops. Alternatively, choose to stay on for the full 1-hour loop and listen to the audio commentary to find out more about the Basque city.
  • Duration: 1 day
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San Sebastián Electric Bike Tour

Experience San Sebastian’s highlights and lesser-known delights on this small-group electric bike tour. Hop on an easy-to-ride bike and see more than you ever could on a walking tour, including La Concha, the Boulevard, and more. Cruise up Mt. Igueldo for bird’s-eye views, and explore often-overlooked districts such as the university and sports quarter. Ideal for first-time and short-on-time visitors, with a choice of departures.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Basque by Bike Small-Group Cycle Tour in San Sebastián

Explore the Basque history and quirky charm of San Sebastián on this 2.5-hour bike tour. Cycle along beaches, rivers, battlefields, and bays with a savvy guide, passing by aristocratic palaces and avant garde pinxto bars along the way. With a relaxed pace and the flexibility to stop often, It's a great way to get acquainted with San Sebastián’s contrasting historic highlights and modern vibe.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Full-day San Sebastian tour from Bilbao

San Sebastian is one of the star attractions of Spain’s Basque Country and this full-day day tour from Bilbao takes in all the highlights. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town, stroll along the beautiful La Concha Beach, and take in the views from Igeldo Mountain.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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