ZARAUTZ BEACH CAMP
- 3 nights camping accommodation at our Zarautz beach camp (pre-erected, twin share tent w/ mattress and sleeping bag)
- Daily surfboards and lessons
- Daily breakfasts and dinner
- San Sebastian Fourth of July Party ticket and return transfers
- Coach Transfer from Zarautz to Pamplona on morning of July 6 for the Opening Ceremony
- Coach Transfer from Pamplona to Bilbao BBK Live on the 6th
BILBAO BBK LIVE
- 3 Day Bilbao BBK Live ticket (festival is from the 6th – 8th July)
- Tent, sleeping bag and mattress for self set up at Bilbao BBK Live (100€ deposit – returned once you return the camping gear back to our Bulls camp)
- Coach Transfer from Bilbao BBK Live to Bulls camp on the 9th
RUNNING OF THE BULLS
- 3 nights camping accommodation at our Bulls camp in Pamplona (pre-erected, twin share tent w/ mattress and sleeping bag)
- Daily breakfasts and dinners at Pamplona Bulls Camp
- Experience Stoke guides
- Unlimited beer and sangria at San Sebastian Surf Camp and Pamplona Bulls Campsites (10€/day)
Monday 3rd July: San Sebastian
Ahhhh, San Sebastian… drink it in, it always goes down smooth. The spiritual home of Stoke Travel and the place we like the most for surfing AND partying, it was discovered by the Germans in 1904 and they named it “San Sebastian”, which, of course, in German means “a whale’s blowhole”.
This is where we pick you up and your trip begins, and after a short drive from the charming old town in this, the Basque Country’s gastronomic, fashion, and nightlife capital, we’ll take you to the surfing town of Zarautz, just down the road, where the view will make your eyes weep and the beer is always cold. Afternoon surf? 100% And our professional and professionally fun surf guides will make sure you get the lessons you need for your level, as well as guide you into the best waves. Boards and lessons are included in the price, and once you’ve filled your face with salt water and your hair with sand we’ll retreat back to the campsite for a kickass camp party.
Tuesday 4th July: Zarautz
Rise with the sun coming over the Basque Pyrenees and check the surf. The morning wind still hasn’t come up, and the air is warm. Breakfast is consumed with talk of the day’s conditions and your guides are working out the best spot for you. Hit the beach with your lunch packed and settle in for a day of surfing, sunning and beach gaming, a day where your eyes will be assaulted by the naked and semi-naked sun worshippers in a positive and negative way. That night you can see the locals with clothes on when we head down into town to drink the local drinks and dance the local dances.
Wednesday 5th July: Zarautz
Surf’s up, again… Maybe after today’s session(s) we’ll retreat to the hillside where we can watch the sun dip her fiery toes into the Bay of Biscay. Millions of beers and sangrias optional and included (if you want to part with the €10 a day surcharge aka the best deal in the universe).
Thursday 6th July: Bilbao BBK Music Festival
Here we go. If you’re a mad-dog surf-frother extraordinaire you may want to sneak in a sunrise session before breakfast, because once we’re done chowing down we’ll be on the buses to Pamplona for the (in)famous San Fermines opening ceremony (don’t worry, no bulls yet – just sangria-soaked revelry). Once the Chupinazo is done, we’ll pile back onto buses and burn down to Bilbao – Basque Country’s main city – where you’re going to cut loose at one of Europe’s best music festivals: Bilbao BBK Live. Your Stoke guide will help you set up camp and provide you with all your camping gear, and then it’s time to get down to the serious business of rocking out.
Friday 7th July: Bilbao BBK Live
There’s a reason why Bilbao BBK Live was voted the world’s “Best Medium-Sized Music Festival”. So far the lineup includes Depeche Mode, Die Antwoord, Fleet Foxes, and Phoenix. Three wild nights of music and few inhibitions awaits, it’s music festival time.
Saturday 8th July: Bilbao BBK Live
You’re tired, we know, but there’s no time to rest yet. Pace yourself through the early acts so you’ve got plenty in the tank in the evening. Trust us – just when you think you’ve got nothing left in the tank the music will pull you out of your funk.
Sunday 9th July: Pamplona
Leave Bilbao and sleep on the bus on your way to Pamplona. You won’t make this day’s bull run – don’t worry – but you will check into the Stoke Camp, get your unlimited beer and sangria wristband, have some unlimited beer and sangria, join the day’s runners in Stoke Travel’s own central Pamplona bar, check out the city’s sights, and join us for dinner, drinks and dancing at the Stoke Camp at the end of the day. Tomorrow’s a big one for you.
Monday 10th July: Pamplona
Up early and into town for the bull run. Whether you’re taking place or not, whether you’re morally opposed to it or not, you’ve got to check it out while you’re here. Our campsite buses will take you into town (for €5 return), and our guides will bring you to the bull run, if you’re in it for a thrill, or to the bullfight arena if you just want to see juvenile bulls take down drunks (nobody gets hurt except for the drunks and their ego). There are no bullfights until the evening, so don’t worry – you won’t see death unless you really want to. That night party at camp, again, or in town, or in your own pants.
Tuesday 11th July: Pamplona
Did you run yesterday and want to run again today? Do it! Did you not run yesterday, but everyone said that you totalllly should have, so now you’re going to run today? How cool! Maybe you ran yesterday and realised that it’s incredibly stupid and never want to do anything like that again. You’re not alone. The point is, the Tuesday is a day to do the crazy San Fermines dance all over again. Run, don’t run; party, don’t party – Pamplona is your oyster, and with all your great new friends from Stoke you’re guaranteed to find that oyster to be delicious.
Wednesday 12th July: Pamplona
That’s it, you’re done… or are you? Want to play with more cows? Stay on in Pamplona. Want to relax by the beach? Our buses can return you to the Zarautz Beach Camp. Want to get the hell out of there and never see our stinking faces again? Of course you don’t, by now you’re a Stokie through and through.
Basque Country, Spain
We stay 20 minutes outside of San Sebastian at a beautiful clifftop campsite overlooking the surf beach of Zarautz.
As far as surf goes, well we’re only a hop skip and a jump away from the finest surf beaches in Europe. And if National Geographic says we’re located in one of the World’s Top 20 Surf Towns, well who are we to dispute it!
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.
We camp just 10 minutes from the Running of The Bulls festivities in Pamplona. The Campsite Bus Service will take you to the centre and back for €5. Our Bulls Camp is located within the grounds of Camping El Molino and is exclusively for the “cool kids” joining Stoke Travel’s Running of the Bulls Trip. Our Exclusive area is complete with kitchen, chill out area, hammocks, DJ booth and stage and Stoke’s infamous entertainment and Crew. Within the campsite grounds there’s also a swimming pool, wifi, laundry and other facilities.
Come fly to us…
If you fly to Bilbao:
You can get a bus directly from the airport to Zarautz, buses leave from the front of the airport at 7am, 11.30am, 3.30pm and 8.30pm.
If you land outside of these times there is an hourly bus to San Sebastian city centre and from there you can hop on the local bus or train to Zarautz.
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 Renfe for details.
Buses are for legends
San Sebastian to Zarautz
Local Bus: Fast buses run on the hour from San Sebastian, take 15 minutes and cost €3. Look out for the Lurraldebus DO50B, from bus stop “F. Garcia Lorca 2” near the Train Station of San Sebastian heading towards Loiu and than get off at station “Zarautz”.
Local Train: Alternatively, the Euskotren is a good way to get there (see maps for directions). Trains run from San Sebastian (Amara) to Zarautz (San Pelaio) from the early morning until about 10pm. The trip costs €2 and takes 30 minutes.
Yo surfer dudes, chuck your thoughts and questions in the Ask a Question Tab and we’ll put up a helpful answer here…
What should we bring?
Beachwear, something to party in, something warm for the night times, a towel, sunscreen and your camera!
What is the breakfast like?
We like to mix it up: banana pancakes, ham, cheese and mushroom omelettes, poached eggs with bacon and even french toast. Veggies, no worries we cater for you too.
How many people are there in a tent?
Tents fit 2 people, but if you want a little extra room and privacy in case you meet the love of your life, you can pay a €20 surcharge for your own private tent.
And what amenities are offered at the Beach Camp?
We’ve got it all – hot showers, internet, a restaurant, a sidreria (ciderhouse), wine tasting within walking distance, a shop, flushing toilets, chillout area, great views, and the beach a 10 minute downhill walk.
Two of us are vegans, do you cater for this?
We cater for vegetarians, so we can always just remove the animal products and stuff you
to the brim with fruits and veggies and starches…..whatever we do, we’ll make a plan for you.
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?
We provide short boards, long boards, foam boards. Wetsuits and other gear can be rented on the beach.