Where else in the world are your primary concerns trying not to get too much sun and the temperature of the beer? Where each and every day is a cycle of eating, surfing and drinking, and the nights spent partying and chatting and exploring? Where else can you spend your nights in the thumping nightclubs of San Sebastian, but wake up and take breakfast on a quiet terrace in the sun?
Nowhere. This is our little slice of paradise, our flagship destination. It's a combination of the landscape (mountains and beaches baby), the Basque culture, the food, the parties (more bars per square metre than anywhere else in the universe), the waves, the weather (hot, but not deathly so), the mother lovin' lifestyle. Woooh weeeeh, this is the spot.
There is nothing for the surfer to do here except enjoy themselves. Your meals are prepared, your beers are purchased and kept cold, your beds are made for your arrival and your party nights pre-organised. Heavenly! And the new friends you'll find there, wonderful! Crew from all over the world, so many different languages and so much to learn from each other over a beer or seventeen.
The Whole Package!
The best way to stay at the San Sebastian Surf House. For a mere 60€ a day you've got it all; have your cake and eat it too. Surf lessons, 24 hour board hire, three beefy meals a day. Yeah, it's pretty much the best deal in the world.
Is the name of this place in the local language. Pais Vasco, Pays Basque, the Basque Country. The elbow of the French and Spanish Atlantic coastline is an area filled with culture and natural beauty. Home to Europe's oldest language, it's most sturdy people, and some of the most incredible vistas your eyes have ever had the pleasure of taking in.
San Sebastian is the jewel on this coastline, the coolest of Spanish seaside resorts (the Queen built her summer palace here, it's just gotta rule), as yet untainted by the filthy mitts of mass European tourism (hordes of drunken sunburnt Brits, Dutch and Germans? No thanks!) Here the European, and indeed global, youth come to play, party and surf under the sun. This is a city with more Michelin stars than any other city in the world, bar Paris, and with a population of a mere 400 000 or so, wowee, these kids love to dine well. And after? They say San Sebastian has more bars in its Old Town than any other city in Europe, and considering that every second shop is a bar, well, they just ain't wrong.
You want to fly to either Bilbao, or Biarritz. Check Ryanair, Easyjet and Vueling for cheap deals. There's plenty of cheap deals. We love cheap deals.
If you fly to Bilbao:
You can get an hourly bus to San Sebastian city centre.
If you fly into Biarritz:
To get to San Sebastian from Biarritz International Airport take a French SNCF train to Hendaye, change to the nearby Euskotren station (located just outside the SNCF station) and take a Euskotren to San Sebastian. Each train ride is between 30-40 minutes, with the total train trip costing less than €10. A coach service also exists between Biarritz airport and the Hendaye train station, via Saint-Jean-De-Luz (change buses there). The coach ride is less than one hour and costs about €4.
Come on ride the choo choo train
You can catch the Spanish national railway from most cities to San Sebastian. Check www.renfe.com for details.
Buses are for legends.
You can arrive to San Sebastian by bus from all over Europe and within Spain. Eurolines deal with international bookings (www.eurolines.com) and Vibasa within Spain (www.vibasa.es).
Make your own way to the San Sebastian Surf Camp at 3 Aldakonea, San Sebastian at any time. Or arrange a time with Paddy at the designated meeting spot - which is the second bridge back from the ocean on the main river in San Seb, eastern side by the traffic lights.
Yo surfer dudes, chuck your thoughts and questions in the comments box below and we'll put up a helpful answer here...
What is the breakfast like?
We like to mix it up: banana pancakes, ham, cheese & mushroom omelettes, poached eggs with bacon, french toast and on occasion, reminisce with the old toad in a hole.
How many people are there in a room?
It ranges from 4-8 depending on which room you get.
And what amenities are offered at the house?
We have a kitchen you're welcome to use, a hot shower, a really cool chillout terrace area and our very own beer tap!
Are there lockers where we can put our passports or other important items?
There aren't, but if there is anything you're really concerned about, the house manager can lock it in his room for your stay.
2 of us are vegans, do you cater for this?
We cater for vegetarians, so we can always just remove the animal-product bits of that and stuff you to the brim with fruits and veggies and starches.....whatever we do, we'll make a plan for you. WE DEAL WITH ALL WEIRD AND WONDERFUL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
What is the address of the house?
Calle Aldakonea 3, San Seb. Here it is on Google Maps.
What is the night life like in San Seb?
The nightlife in San Seb is a lot of fun and deceptive. You go out for a few pintxos and a couple of bottles of cider and come back at 5am with little memory of the blur of a night you've just had in the many little bars and clubs of the town, but damned sure that you had the best time of your life.
Is all of the surfing equipment available to rent from the house?
We provide short boards, long boards, foam boards and rashies for our guests. Wetsuits and other gear can be rented on the beach.
This is a guide itinerary with everything in the all inclusive package. Times are a guide only, and bear in mind that the beauty of this camp is that you can do whatever you like, whenever you like, your way.
Wake up to a delicious cooked breakfast whether it be pancakes, bacon and eggs, ham & cheese omelette served on the terrace overlooking San Sebastian.
Head to the beach to wash away the headaches (and mistakes) of the night before. A couple of hours of surfing, with instructors of course, relaxing, soaking up the sun, playing beach games.
Once we've built enough of an appetite, it's back to the house for a to fill up on lunch prepared by our in-house chef and maybe, just maybe, brave that first icy cold beer of the day.
There are a number of different activities in San Sebastian and the region surrounding it. We can eat San Seb's famous pintxos (tapas), go on free walking tours, go horse riding, paragliding, on wine tasting tours and so much more. Or simply head to the beach for more surfing, or enjoy the sunshine from our terrace in all its glory.
Finish your afternoon activities with a big hearty dinner to line the stomach before immersing yourself in the night life of San Sebastian.
* Free time activities: surfing, volleyball, skateboarding, exploring the town, swimming, sun baking, fishing, cliff jumping, drinking beer, and much more.
** Night time activities include: party nights in both San Sebastian centre, movie nights, dinners in our favourite restaurants in the area and visiting the many festivals that dot the region in summer.