The Sopelana Beach area is known for its rising cliffs, fine golden sands, and surf—just a quick 20 minutes from urban Bilbao. Also known as Arrietera-Atxaribil Beach and at 800 meters in length, it’s one of the longest beaches on the Bizkaia coast.
Though the waters are usually calm and great for swimmers, winds often pick up in this area. Waves sweep both left and right, making this a popular surf spot. Availability of rock climbing, hang-gliding, and surfing also make this an ideal place for those seeking adventure in the Basque Country. If you’re not up for surfing, rent a hammock or an umbrella and relax on the beach, or take a stroll along the sand. There are several terraces and bars on the beachfront area to stop for drinks or tapas along the way.
Sopelana Beach is located in the small city of Sopelana. It can be reached from Bilbao at Metro stop Larrabasterra, with a 15-minute walk from the station. In the summer a bus service called ‘Sopebus’ goes to the beach straight from the city center. There are several facilities including showers, a restaurant, and a parking lot.