The Most Beautiful Beaches in the Basque Country

San Sebastian, Spain | © Tin Tran / Pixnio
San Sebastian, Spain | © Tin Tran / Pixnio
Photo of Esme Fox
12 April 2017

The Basque Country coastline stretches for 176 kilometres along the Bay of Biscay, from across the border with France to the region of Cantabria, and is home to many spectacular beaches. From wild, windswept shores to idyllic golden crescents and fabulous urban sandy playgrounds, here are the Basque Country’s most beautiful beaches.

La Concha

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Playa de la Concha, San Sebastián, Spain
Playa de la Concha, San Sebastián, Spain | © Zarateman / WikiCommons
San Sebastian‘s La Concha Beach has to be one of the most picturesque in the Basque Country. A crescent of golden sand, hugging the edge of the city, La Concha is an idyllic city beach and is always alive with people admiring its spectacular views. In summer the beach is always filled with people, enjoying its soft sand and brilliant blue waters.

Plage Côte des Basques, Biarritz

Although Biarritz is actually in France, it’s still considered part of the Basque Country and has a strong cultural heritage. Its long Plage Côte des Basques faces the Basque coastline and attracts surfers from all over Europe, who come to enjoy its swells. Framed by elegant architecture and old world Belle Époque-style hotels, it’s popular with everyone, not just those looking to catch a wave.

Plage de la Côte des Basques, Biarritz, France

Laga

Stretching for almost one kilometre, Laga Beach is located in the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, approximately a one hour drive northwest of the city of Bilbao. Surrounded by rolling green hills on one side and Mount Ogoño on the other, it’s a tranquil spot, and a popular place for kayaking and surfing. The beach also boasts some facilities, such as a bar and outdoor showers.

Playa de Laga, Biscay, Spain

Laida

Also located in the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, Laida is one of the most spectacular beaches along northern Spain’s coastline. A one-kilometre-long stretch of golden sand, it sits along the Mundaka Estuary and offers a lovely view of Izaro Island. The beach is also the ideal spot for a number of activities such as canoeing, sailing and surfing. Where the sea meets the shore, the water is very shallow, so it’s a great place for children, too.

Playa de Laida, Biscay, Spain

Saint-Jean-de-Luz

Situated just over the French border – approximately 35 kilometres from San Sebastian – Saint-Jean-de-Luz offers a fine sweep of sand, right in the heart of the town: Le Grand Plage. Protected by high sea walls, it’s the perfect spot for families revelling in the summer sun. Those looking for more activities and fewer people should head to the nearby wild beaches of Lafiténia and Cénitz – perfect for surfers.

Le Grand Plage, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France