HomeAway’s holiday apartments in Ondarreta offer a spacious, bright and comfortable living space right next to San Sebastián’s westernmost beach. You can delight in views of the sea, city and the tall green hills that complete this beautiful setting. Internet access means you’ll be able to stay connected at villas in Ondarreta, while a good selection of restaurants is in the vicinity, at a destination world-famous for its cuisine. Ondarreta holiday accommodation shines because it’s so convenient – you won’t need a car during your stay, as the beach, amenities, sights and opportunities for active tourism are moments away.
-Beach. Ondarreta is one of San Sebastián’s three city beaches, and is full of activity during the summer. It covers six square kilometres and is remarkably broad, so there’s always some room to plant yourself for the day. A short way away, separated by a rocky outcrop, is the long golden sweep of La Concha, which like Ondarreta features facilities and services including lifeguards, sunbeds and parasols.
-Sights. San Sebastián has lots of charming fin de siecle architecture, as the late 19th Century was when it really took shape as a resort for the European rich. The city hall for example was the city’s Grand Casino until gambling was banned in the 20s. El Pico de Loro is where you’ll find the royal Miramar Palace, and on the eastern edge of La Concha beach is the city’s aquarium.
-Surfing San Sebastián is great for surfers because there are good swells at La Zurriola, the city’s most exposed beach. Don’t worry if you’re a newcomer, because you can hire gear and book lessons from the centre on the waterfront. Seasoned surfers might also drive west to Zarautz, which has perfect conditions for the sport, matched by a vibrant surf culture along the beach.
-Food and drink. San Sebastián is one of the best places in Spain to enjoy pintxos, a typically Basque variation of tapas – it’s creative bar snacks held together by toothpicks, which are then totted up to calculate your bill. These creations can be surprisingly innovative, and the ingredients are always high quality. Fine diners won’t have to go far – this city has more Michelin stars per square-metre than anywhere in the world.
-Nature. For lovers of the outdoors the scenic hills that loom over the city are an enticing call to adventure. You could climb Monte Igueldo to see the city in all its glory, while Monte Urgull has a long history of conflict – the north slope has a British military cemetery. On water there’s also much to see – kayaks can be hired right at Ondarreta beach.
Ondaretta holiday villas are at a city with an oceanic climate. Weather here is moderate all-year-round, with pleasant summers and mild, damp weather for the rest of the year. Summers are relatively dry, but still get occasional rainfall, and temperatures that normally get up to 25 degrees or so from June to August. May and September are fringe months that have a mix of warm and moderately warm weather, with a bit more rain. Winters are rarely cold compared to Britain – even in December its normal for temperatures to get up to the teens.
Your airport for Ondaretta holiday apartments is Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne (BIQ), which sits about 50 kilometres west of the city across the border in France. There are a few routes serving this airport from the UK, generally with budget carriers flying from London. Driving from Biarritz you can take the A63 in France, and the AP-8 in Spain, and the journey takes around 45 minutes. By train there’s an SNCF service to Hendaye, and you can get the regional Euskotren just next door to the French equivalent, which will take you to Plaza Easo in San Sebastián.