Holiday apartments in Loiola are in an upmarket neighbourhood of San Sebastián. It’s just the right locale for a thoroughly polished holiday experience at one of Spain’s most elegant coastal towns. Holiday homes in Loiola vary in appearance—some represent old-world comfort and others cutting-edge design. All are a short hop from the sophisticated restaurants, luxury boutiques and sumptuous beaches that have drawn generations of holidaymakers to San Sebastian. After days full of fun, excitement and indulgence, a Loiola apartment will be a plush and palatial hideaway with lots of creature comforts.
-Beaches: San Sebastián’s waterfront has what are often rated as the two best urban beaches in the world. The larger of the two is La Concha, a horseshoe-shaped beach bathed by smooth and clear waters that are shielded by the small Santa Clara Island. La Zurriola is a slightly wilder alternative, a little more open to the Atlantic and ideal for watersports.
-Dining: The city is also one of the world’s top culinary destinations. Nine of the restaurants here have Michelin stars—more establishments than any other city in Spain. It’s also in the part of Spain that gave the world pintxos. This is a similar way of eating to tapas, with all kinds of interesting creations served on crusty bread and held together with toothpicks.
-Nature: San Sebastián is a noticeably green city, and for those who want to make the most of the Atlantic’s fresh air a number of scenic walks are available. Separating the two main beaches is Urgull, a hill covered in forest at the top of which is a 12-metre-high statue of Christ. Another famous hill in the city is Igueldo, the summit of which has magnificent views. There’s a funicular railway, while more energetic visitors can take a walking trail.
-Culture and heritage: One of the city’s most interesting attractions is the San Telmo Museum, with exhibits that bring together several different fields, including art, history and archaeology. Among the paintings on display are works by Rubens and El Greco. The Sea Palace meanwhile is an aquarium with three sections including an oceanarium with an underwater tunnel.
-Watersports: There aren’t many better spots in Spain for newcomers to try their hand at surfing. Conditions are ideal on Zurriola beach, and shops, equipment hire and tuition are all available. Kayak trips are also organised here and are a fine way to see the city. Serious surfers could also make for Zarautz 20 minutes west of San Sebastian, where there’s some of the best surfing conditions in Europe.
For those visiting a Loiola holiday home in the summer, comfortably warm conditions wait in store. The weather in San Sebastián is normally a little less hot than other Spainish coastal cities. Daily highs in July rise to 27°C on average. Summer is the year’s driest season, but this part of the country is known for its damp conditions, so at least a little rain can be expected here. Winters are consistently mild, with highs of 13°C in January and sub-zero temperatures almost unheard of.
Most people heading to holiday accommodation in Loiola from the UK will use Biarritz—Anglet—Bayonne Airport (BIQ). This is across the border in France, approximately 50 kilometres away from San Sebastián. The airport handles mostly domestic traffic, but there are a couple of routes from London. After landing drivers can take the A-63, which becomes the AP-8 in Spain. By train there are SNCF connections to Hendaye, where it’s possible to transfer to the Euskotren service from Irun to San Sebastián.