Make a holiday apartment in Egia your home away from home
Egia holiday apartments are set in one of San Sebastian’s most desirable neighbourhoods, close to superb restaurants, shops and – of course – great beaches. This part of San Sebastian is slightly elevated, and many Egia holiday homes command beautiful views of the city. Generations of Spanish and foreign visitors have headed to this location to enjoy the finer things in life, from great food to pleasantly mild weather. Apartments in Egia are ideal for couples and smaller groups, boasting elegant interiors with designer furniture as well as the appliances and entertainment expected of high-end self-catering accommodation.
Things to do
-Beaches: Held by many as one of the world’s greatest urban beaches, and San Sebastian’s most memorable sight, Concha Bay is a must. It’s a long and broad curve of golden sand, shielded a little way out by Santa Clara Island. The promenade is lovely in summer and full of life, and is punctuated only by the Miramar Palace, which is the city’s royal residence. Even closer is Zurriola Beach, which is more exposed to the Atlantic, which helps to draw watersports enthusiasts.
-Heritage: A walking tour of San Sebastian’s historic centre is a good way to get to know the city. Much of the architecture here dates to the 17th and 18th centuries, in the form of tall townhouses and Baroque churches next to squares lined with cafés, shops and bars. The oldest church in the city is the Gothic San Vicente, which is from the 1500s and contains an older Romanesque altarpiece.
-Natural scenery: For spellbinding panoramas of Concha Bay and San Sebastian there’s no better place to go than the summit of Monte Igueldo, which is on the western edge of the city. It’s an undemanding hike to the top for most walkers, but there’s always the alternative of catching the funicular railway, which is now more than a 100 years old.
-Surfing: This part of the Atlantic coast has some of Spain’s best surf beaches, so a holiday in San Sebastian is a good opportunity to have a go at this sport for the first time. Lessons are on offer at Zurriola. Serious surfers could make the short trip west to Zarauz, the longest beach in the region and one of Europe’s top surfing destinations.
-Cuisine: San Sebastian is a real culinary hotspot and known by many as the home of pintxos. These are small dishes served at bars, involving a wide variety of fresh ingredients on bread and often held together by toothpicks, which are then counted up to work out the bill. Modern Basque cuisine is also very fashionable, with three of Spain’s five Michelin three-starred restaurants located right here in San Sebastian.
Weather in Egia
San Sebastian has slightly different weather to other popular Spanish destinations by virtue of being on the Atlantic coast. This makes for milder conditions and a little more rainfall. Get to a holiday home in Egia between June and September and warm weather will be on the cards, with highs of 27°C. By November things are a lot cooler here, but it’s rarely genuinely cold. On a normal January day there are maximums of 13°C by day and lows well above freezing at night.
Travel to Egia
The closest airport for people reaching holiday rentals in Egia from the UK, is just across the border with France, around 50 kilometres away from the city. Much of Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne Airport’s (BIQ) traffic arrives in the summer months, with a couple of links to London via low-fares carriers. From Biarritz visitors can get to San Sebastian by train (changing once at Hendaye), bus (PESA) or car. The drive takes just under 45 minutes on the A-63 and the Spanish AP-8 toll road.