Zurriola Beach#6 in Best Things To Do in San Sebastian
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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 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 to Antiguo), but it is the most lively. Parte Vieja's pedestrian-friendly streets are flanked by centuries-old buildings that house a plethora of restaurants, shops and bars. It's considered the best nightlife spot in San Sebastian, as well as the best place to grab pintxos (the local term for light bites, similar to tapas). These two tend to coincide among locals, who begin their nights out pintxos barhopping.
If you're not a night owl, you can still find things to do in Parte Vieja. Pintxos are served all day and there are a few architectural gems that warrant further exploration. The San Vicente church, located next to the San Telmo Museoa, is the oldest in the city, dating back to the 16th century. Basilica of Saint Mary of the Chorus, found at the base of Monte Urgull along the bustling Calle Mayor, is also located in this neighborhood. Meanwhile, Plaza de la Constitución is an excellent place to rest your feet and watch the world go by. Keep in mind, though, that the plaza's restaurants may be pricier than other parts of the city due to their central location.
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