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Located on the other side of Monte Urgull, Zurriola Beach (or Playa Zurriola) differs from La Concha in that it's an action-packed surfing spot. In fact, the waves are so impressive (swells can reach a foot-and-a-half on a regular day), numerous local and international surfing competitions are held here. The best time for surfing in San Sebastian is during fall and winter. That's because waves are the biggest this time of year, reaching 5 to 6 feet in height. Even if you're not a surfer, you can still enjoy Playa Zurriola. The beach features plenty of space to stretch your legs and is completely safe for swimming. 
Travelers who came to relax on Playa Zurriola's sands or ride its waves reported a good time. Surfers compliment the conditions and recommend renting a board at one of the many nearby surf shops. Just remember: because so many flock here to surf, it's best to arrive early in the day to avoid crowded waters (though, reviewers say there are far fewer beachgoers here than La Concha). Some swimmers did complain that because there are so many surfers, the area of the beach dedicated to swimming can feel small compared to La Concha. 

Located on the other side of Monte Urgull, Zurriola Beach (or Playa Zurriola) differs from La Concha in that it's an action-packed surfing spot. In fact, the waves are so impressive (swells can reach a foot-and-a-half on a regular day), numerous local and international surfing competitions are held here. The best time for surfing in San Sebastian is during fall and winter. That's because waves are the biggest this time of year, reaching 5 to 6 feet in height. Even if you're not a surfer, you can still enjoy Zurriola Beach. The beach features plenty of space to stretch your legs and is completely safe for swimming. 

Travelers who came to relax on Zurriola's sands or ride its waves reported a good time. Surfers compliment the conditions and recommend renting a board at one of the many nearby surf shops. Just remember: because so many flock here to surf, it's best to arrive early in the day to avoid crowded waters (though, reviewers say there are far fewer beachgoers here than La Concha). Some swimmers did complain that because there are so many surfers, the area of the beach dedicated to swimming can feel small compared to La Concha. 

Zurriola Beach is free and open to enjoy 24 hours a day. Always swim when a lifeguard is present and don't venture too close to the water at night. You can find Zurriola Beach in Gros, just across the Urumea River from Parte Vieja. For more information on Zurriola Beach, check out the San Sebastian tourism board's website.  

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#1 Parte Vieja Parte Vieja, also known as the Old Town, is the heart of San Sebastian. Despite its name, it's actually not the oldest part of the city (that honor belongs ... Read more » ibsky / Getty Images

#2 Pintxos Food Tours A good chunk of San Sebastian's international foodie fame is credited to its pintxo, so you'll want to put aside some time to explore the city's pintxos ... Read more » Scott R Larsen / Getty Images

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#4 Monte Igueldo Located on the western end of La Concha Bay, Monte Igueldo is a hit with travelers for its arresting vistas and attractions at the summit (just a few reasons why ... Read more » tichr / Getty Images

#5 Monte Urgull Monte Urgull is one of two peaks that bookend La Concha (the other is Monte Igueldo). The lush hill makes for a great hike, with incredible views awaiting visitors at ... Read more » Kaisa M?nnik / Getty Images

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Parte Vieja is loved by tourists and locals for its attractive architecture, fun atmosphere and plethora of pintxo bars. Travelers and experts say is the best place to go pintxo bar hopping. ibsky / Getty Images

Pintxos, or Basque tapas, were developed in San Sebastian. Unlike Spanish tapas, which are given to patrons after they order a drink, pintxos are displayed on the bar, allowing diners to pick and choose what they want. Locals like to order one or two pintxos at the bar then hop over to the next establishment during nights out.   Scott R Larsen / Getty Images

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Travelers say the views of San Sebastian from atop Monte Igueldo trump what can be seen from atop Monte Urgull. Take the funicular up the hill and you'll find breathtaking lookout points as well as an amusement park.  tichr / Getty Images

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Zurriola Beach (Playa Zurriola) can be seen from atop Monte Urgull on the other side of the Urumea River in Gros. It is a popular spot for surfing, hosting local, national and international competitions yearly.  OnickzArtworks / Getty Images

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