Thinking of surfing in San Sebastian and the Basque country? We'll tell you the best time of the year to come, where and why. 

One guarantee is you'll get waves whatever time of the year you come! The Basque coastline feels the full front of the Atlantic, with it's deep trench not far off the shore it picks up a lot of swell and makes it one of the most consistent places for surf.

There's a huge variety of waves to suit whatever surfer you maybe, from the pumping beachies of South West France to long pointbreaks and slabby reefs.

Lets take a deep dive into the real deal of surfing in this vibrant coastal region.

Les Landes surfing beach breaks

 

SPRING SWEETNESS

As the Basque countryside bursts into bloom, so do the surf possibilities. No frills, just consistent swells and relatively quiet beaches with a relaxed local crew. The water's still cold, as in a 13 degrees chill so the 4'3 wetsuit is on and there's that core crowd who don't mind the odd ice cream head. It's the season for the surfer who appreciates a quiet line up, chunky swells, cosy bars and a step into cider season with a post-surf sidreria.

Mundaka surf trip

SUMMER HAZE

Warm water, head high pealers, glassy mornings, hot, silky sunsets, surfing in boardies, surf schools and more surf schools. It's Summer and everyone's in the sea and it's blinking delightful. There's still swell but if you really want to get good waves this is the time to escape the hot mess of the city's and towns and head out to the countryside. Up to the lesser known beachies of South West France or West into craggy coast of Spain. There's plenty of spaces and places off the Euro surf hotline where you can get a quiet surf with easy vibes, nice peaks and pealers.

It's the smallest time of the year which makes it perfect for beginners, kids and it's a longboarding heaven.
Hazy days, festivals, beach chiringitos, alfresco everything, Summer is always a good plan in the Basque Country.

 

Long boarder surfing in San Sebastian

 

AUTUMN MAGIC

Hands down Autumn for us is the golden ticket. September comes and the general scene quietens down, kids go back to school, the world seems more relaxed and those ground swells start to appear on the long range.

In recent years Autumn has felt more like Summer; hot, dry and the water stays warm enough for boardies rolling into October. All those memories of surfing the good spots start to come back as the coast lights up and surfing becomes exciting once more. There's a mellow mood in the line ups as the forecast says offshore and waves for days.

There really is no where else we'd rather be surfing from September through to November in the Basque Country.

San Sebastian Spain Surf trip to Mundaka

 

WINTER WONDER LAND

I mean is Winter really that cold in the Basque Country anymore?

Recently there's been no wetsuits hoods and only a few ice cream heads. More importantly empty beaches and quiet line ups with consistent swells. Winter surfing is not for the faint hearted, the swells are bigger, the currents are stronger and there's a chill but there's a rawness about surfing in winter with a camaraderie that goes with it. Post festivities the waves can get huge and the wind can howl onshore but there's always the in-between slices of dream, wintery scenes.

And you know if it doesn't all work out you can hotfoot it to the Pyrenees for some snow & vin chaud.

big wave surfing in the Basque Country

We have a fantastic team of surf guides and instructors, please see the full lowdown on all our surf experiences here

San Sebastian day otherwise known as "Dia San Sebastian" is back after a 2 year hiatus!

20th January celebrates the Patron Saint of San Sebastian and it's one of the most beloved days for local Donostiarras. The official start to the amazing 24hr fiesta is midnight 00.00 when the city's iconic blue and white flag is raised and the city fires up.

San Sebastian day tamborrada

We head to the nucleus of the "Old Part" Plaza Constitution where the official celebration kicks off. Tamborradas, drumming with local dancers and singers.  It is a completely unique experience and the atmosphere is absolutely electric. It's usually a cold night and this years not looking any different but we have never really had an issue with the freezing or the wet, it comes with the territory.

Over the next 24hrs the whole community will be out in force celebrating through the streets of the city with an open door policy on the usually private cooking societies.

San Sebastian day

And what's with all the drumming?

Arguably the drums and dress up all started back in 1836 in the local carnival celebrating San Sebastian day but for the drumming tradition you have to go way back when.....
Rumour has it the French soldiers, brass band in tow were marching through the city showing off. The local chefs and artisans used to come out taking the mickey by banging barrels imitating the soldiers and there you have it!

There are now around 150 different Tamborradas in San Sebastián who all have an designated area and time that they play and march through the city. Each Tamborrada is made up of a mix of soldiers and chefs each with up to 50 drums and 100 barrels  accompanied by a brass band and flag-bearers bringing one huge winter tune and party to the streets of Donostia.

We are open all year round, if you would like more details on all our adventures please get in touch. [email protected]

YES Autumn might just be our favourite time of the year in San Sebastian!

This season September, October, November in the Basque Country is ticking all the boxes.

Here's our "TOP 10 REASONS" why you should book your trip post Summer.

  1. It's probably the driest months of the year, yes folks it rains in San Sebastian but consistently less in Autumn than Spring.Sunset on Basque Coastline
  2. The weathers still on point, between 18 - 30 degrees. Fresh mornings, sunny, hot days and cool nights, is there anything better?
    Birdseye view of San Sebastian
  3. The sea's still warm so Swimming, Sailing, Surfing and Stand up paddleboarding are all on the cards.jumping into the sea in La Concha bay San Sebastian.
  4. It's harvest time which means if you like wine  a visit to La Rioja is an absolute must. See the inner workings of the wineries at their most exciting when all the magic happens. An absolute treat to see the art of vino.Grapes in La Rioja
  5. They don't call it the beautiful Basque Country for nothing and rolling into Autumn it's spectacular, whether it's hiking inland or out on the coast, bike rides through the woods or exploring up into France on those clear cut days.mountain biking in the woods Basque Country
  6. It's a whole lost quieter, Summers finished and there's a relaxed vibe everywhere from the beaches to the bars.La Concha beach in San Sebastian city
  7. Less people means it's easier to get into exclusive hotels, restaurants and visit our favourite pintxo spots.San Sebastian pintxos
  8. It's swell season, after days and days of small surf September is when those ground swells start to roll in and the whole coast lights up.Basque surf
  9. There's still so much going on with the San Sebastian International film festival in September being a full highlight.San Sebastian International film festival, crowd infront of building Kursaal
  10. It's sunset time, brooding red skies for days & days.San Sebastian, Spain city sunset

We are open all year round, if you would like more details on all our adventures please get in touch. [email protected]