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Santa Clara Island

In the capital of Spanish Basque’s Gipuzkoa Province, this small island is famous, decorating one of the loveliest bays in Europe.

The Isla de Santa Clara (Santa Clara Island, or Santa Klara uhartea in Basque language) is a lovely little island in San Sebastián in the Basque Country of northern Spain. Visit for its charming lighthouse, port, sandy beach, lovely chiringuito (small beach bar) and spectacular views.

The island has a fantastic location in the heart of the beautiful Bahía de la Concha (Concha Bay) and between the well-known mountains Monte Urgull and Monte Igueldo. Discover a very popular and family-friendly spot, where tourists and locals swim, go for long walks surrounded by outstanding views and enjoy a cool drink on the sunny terrace of a bar. 

Seeing the appearance of the Isla de Santa Clara today makes it hard to imagine its somewhat checkered past. During the 16th century it was used as a quarantine area for those suffering from the plague. Now this gorgeous and green island is one of the most popular attractions in the city. 

Despite being a small island, Santa Clara has much to see and do. Swim in the clear waters of its lovely cala (small bay or cove). This beach can be enjoyed only during low tide, as it is almost completely flooded during high tide. Enjoy stunning views of the bay. The very lively and safe beach has lifeguard patrols during the summer months. Look for its charming white lighthouse and enjoy delicious paella (Spanish dish usually made from rice, shellfish and vegetables) sitting on the quiet terrace of the chiringuito.

During your visit to Santa Clara, take long strolls around the island. You’ll pass numerous picturesque spots along the way, with picnic tables and benches where you can sit and rest while enjoying the panoramic views of the city of San Sebastián, the sea and the mountains.

Reach the Isla de Santa Clara by boat. Select a quick ferry or a guided tour along the entire coast of the city.


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Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra C$338
Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra

Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra

Zubieta Kalea, 2, San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in San Sebastian Centro, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Concha Promenade and Concha Beach. Monte Urgull and Ondarreta Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km). San Sebastian Amara Station is 7 minutes by foot and Donostia-San Sebastián Station is 10 minutes.

    Barceló Costa Vasca C$240
    Barceló Costa Vasca

    Barceló Costa Vasca

    Avenida Pio Baroja 15, San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in San Sebastian Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Concha Promenade and Ondarreta Beach. Concha Beach and Monte Urgull are also within 2 mi (3 km). San Sebastian Amara Station is 22 minutes by foot and Donostia-San Sebastián Station is 30 minutes.

      Mercure San Sebastian Monte Igueldo C$253
      Mercure San Sebastian Monte Igueldo

      Mercure San Sebastian Monte Igueldo

      Paseo del Faro 134, San Sebastian
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in San Sebastian, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of El Peine de los Vientos, Concha Beach, and Ondarreta Beach. Monte Igueldo and Monte Urgull are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        NH Collection San Sebastián Aránzazu
        NH Collection San Sebastián Aránzazu

        NH Collection San Sebastián Aránzazu

        Vitoria-Gasteiz 1, San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Antiguo, this boutique hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ondarreta Beach and Concha Beach. Monte Igueldo and Monte Urgull are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Hotel Zenit San Sebastián C$183
          Hotel Zenit San Sebastián

          Hotel Zenit San Sebastián

          C/ Antonio Mª Labaien nº 1, San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in San Sebastian Centro, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Parque Aiete, Concha Beach, and Ondarreta Beach. Monte Urgull and Monte Igueldo are also within 3 mi (5 km). San Sebastian Amara Station is 9 minutes by foot and Donostia-San Sebastián Station is 17 minutes.

            TRYP San Sebastian Orly Hotel C$192
            TRYP San Sebastian Orly Hotel

            TRYP San Sebastian Orly Hotel

            Plaza de Zaragoza, 4, San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in San Sebastian Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Concha Promenade and Concha Beach. Monte Urgull and Ondarreta Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km). San Sebastian Amara Station is 8 minutes by foot and Donostia-San Sebastián Station is 10 minutes.

              Room Mate Gorka C$345
              Room Mate Gorka

              Room Mate Gorka

              Plaza Guipuzkoa 11, San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in San Sebastian Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Concha Beach, Casino Kursaal, and Cathedral of the Good Shepherd. Zurriola Beach and Monte Urgull are also within 10 minutes. Donostia-San Sebastián Station is 9 minutes by foot and San Sebastian Amara Station is 14 minutes.

                Hotel Distrito Oeste C$140
                Hotel Distrito Oeste

                Hotel Distrito Oeste

                Zarautz Kalea 82, San Sebastian
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in San Sebastian, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Concha Promenade, Concha Beach, and Ondarreta Beach. Monte Igueldo and Monte Urgull are also within 3 mi (5 km).