There’s something innately sophisticated about surfing on a beach break slap bang in the centre of a city.

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Harriet, Kate L and Molly are here to help give you the inside track.

Key Stats

Best Time To Visit

May - Sep

Flight from London London

2:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +1 hr

It works in Rio, and in its smaller European equivalent San Sebastian. The prime surfing beach, Zurriola Beach is set against a backdrop of elegant belle époque streets.

This is a beach break, so safe for beginners but fun enough for pros as well, and in a city with food this good, the ability to exercise off a few calories is doubly attractive. Original Travel can arrange surfboard and wetsuit hire, and lessons for beginners.

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Where to stay

Exterior design at Hotel Marques de Riscal, luxury hotel in Spain

Hotel Marqués de Riscal

The Hotel Marqués de Riscal is the design hotel to trump all others, designed as it is by the renowned Canadian architect Frank Gehry, who revitalised Bilbao with his Guggenheim Museum.

Exterior at Miro Hotel, luxury hotel in Spain

Miro Hotel

The hotel is located just a couple of hundred feet from two of the city’s top attractions: the famous Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts.

Villa Soro, luxury hotel in Spain

Villa Soro

Villa Soro is a charming 25-bedroom hotel housed in a renovated 19th century villa which has been declared a Historical Heritage Building of San Sebastian.

Hotel Iturregi, luxury hotel in Spain

Hotel Iturregi

An old Basque farmhouse turned boutique hotel, Hotel Iturregi is a gem in the hills above the coastal town of Getaria, with views across the vineyards to the sea beyond.

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Harriet, Kate L and Molly are our Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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