La Concha is one of the most emblematic beaches of the Basque Country, and Spain for that matter. La Concha is the urban beach of the city of San Sebastián, The Basque Countries second largest city. The beach is located within a small bay with the same name. La Concha is widely considered to be one of the best urban beaches in the world, and is easily the best in Europe: pristine water, white sand all surrounded by one of the most elegant and romantic cities in Spain.
La Concha Beach is located in San Sebastián, 100 km east of Bilbao, near the boarder with France. San Sebastián, or Donostia as its is known Basque (the local language) is located on Spain’s north coast and has become well known for its excellent cuisine, beautiful architecture and refined ambiance.
It is the city with the highest concentration of Michelin star restaurants in the world and is home to countless pintxos bars, fresh food markets, and gourmet food shops. It is also where the prestigious San Sebastian Film Festival is held every year and La Concha Beach is located in the heart of this amazing city.
The beach is tucked away between Mount Urgull to the right and Mount Igueldo to the left, creating a breathtaking natural setting. The impressive city hall building is right next to the beach as is the cities old quarter.
The beach spans across 1350 meters and is about 40 meters wide on average, although the temperamental Cantabrian Sea’s tides can significantly reduce this last number. And it is the length of the beach that makes it such a great place for a romantic stroll, especially during the summer months.
La Concha beach is also a great site for kayaking and rowing. The mountainous surroundings help keep the water in the bay calm and in the center of it is a small island, known as Santa Clara Island that can be reached easily, and makes for a great morning activity.
Or of course, you can just lay your towel out, get some sun and take a dip in the water.
You can check out our article on the best beaches to visiting Spain here.