Basque Hills Surf House - San Sebastian, Guipuzcoa. Spain
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, while the nights are spent partying and chatting and exploring? Where else can you spend your nights in the thumping nightclubs of San Sebastian, but wake up in nature surrounded by verdant hills, rustling leaves, and twittering birds?
San Sebastian is one of those places that’s been touched by magic. That’s why the Surf House’s doors are open to surfers of all levels and travelers from far and wide, to share this stunning place with the world! Stay at a beautiful house in the heart of Basque Country and start your day with a delicious home-cooked breakfast before our surf instructors take you to a local beach break.
If you’re a beginner they’ll get you standing in no time, and if you’re more experienced our guides will show you where to get the best waves. After you’ve surfed to your heart’s content it’s back to the Surf House for lunch followed by another surf, a local activity…or maybe the first beer of the day!
Basque Country has a bunch of activities, from horseback riding and paragliding for the adrenaline junkie to pintxo tours through the Michelin – starred streets of San Sebastian for the foodies. Whatever happens, it will surely end in a massive party with our newfound friends hopping from one bar to another Spanish-style or dancing until the sun comes up over La Concha beach. Good thing surfing is the perfect hangover cure, so we can cure our spinning heads every morning and do it all again.
Your meals are prepared, your beers are chilled, your beds are made for your arrival and your party nights are pre-organised. What a treat! And the new friends you’ll make at our San Sebastian Roaming Surf Camp are some of the best folk around. Open-minded international travelers gather from all over the world for this trip, so there’ll be many different languages to learn and stories to hear over a beer or seventeen.
We stay in a beautiful house in Aia, just a 15 minute drive from our local break in Zarautz, Basque Country
It is a 3 story Spanish Surf Hostel hidden in the lush green surrounds of the Basque hills. It is dorm style accommodation but there are private rooms available upon request.
There are 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and multiple lounge communal areas which includes a bar (unlimited beer, sangria, cider available for €10 a day), a skate ramp and table tennis. It also has free wifi.
This is a guide itinerary with everything in the all inclusive package. But the beauty of staying at the Surf 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 or a ham & cheese omelet. 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 and playing beach games.
Once we’ve built up enough of an appetite, it’s back to the Surf House to fill up on a tasty lunch prepared by our in-house chef and maybe, just maybe, brave that first icy cold beer of the day.
There are tonnes of different activities in the surrounding region to keep everyone occupied. We can head into San Sebastian to its famous pintxos bars, go on free walking tours, go horse riding, paragliding, on wine tasting tours 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 cider on the hill, watching the sunset and then enjoy a big hearty dinner to line the stomach.
Day time activities:
- ping pong
- exploring the town
- sun baking
- cliff jumping
- drinking beer
- and much more.
Night time activities:
- Party nights in San Sebastian
- movie nights
- dinners in our favourite restaurants in the area
- visiting the many festivals that dot the region in summer.
LOCATION & GETTING HERE
The Surf House is located in the picturesque town of Aia, just 20 minutes from San Sebastian.
Playa de Zarautz
Average Wave Height: 1m-2.5m (3ft-8ft)
Average Water Temperature: 21ºC (70ºF)
Wave Type: sand bottom beach break, left/right breaking
Pop the address into your smartphone or email us to arrange a pickup!
*We ask that you give us 24 hours minimum in order to confirm your pick up*
COME FLY TO US…
You want to fly to either Bilbao, or Biarritz. Check out Ryanair, Easyjet and Vueling for cheap deal, there’s always plenty of cheap deals.
If you fly to Bilbao:
Buses leave hourly from Bilbao Airport to Zarautz (San Pelaio bus station). Jump on your pre-arranged pickup from there! Or you can catch the Euskotren to San Pelaio Station in Zarautz and jump on your pre arranged pick up from there!
If you fly into Biarritz:
The best way to get to Surf Camp 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 the Euskotren to San Sebastian. If being picked up from San Sebastian, the pickup point is at 12.30 or stay on the line for San Pelaio, Zarautz for all other pickup times. 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.
If you fly into San Sebastian:
The best way to get to camp from San Sebastian airport is to take bus e21 or e23 bus from the airport to San Sebastian which runs about every 30 minutes. Get off at the Amara bus stop. From here – if you are in time for the 12.30pm pickup From San Sebastian, meet us outside the Maria Christina Hotel. If not – head to San Pelaio Train station via the Euskotren located across the road from Amara station and make sure you let us know when to come and collect you from Zarautz!
RENFE TRAIN – The train station in the centre of San Sebastián the “Estación del Norte”, offers connections to numerous Spanish cities including Madrid and Barcelona, and to international destinations such as Paris and Lisbon. if you arrive by RENFE Train you can either walk or taxi to Maria Christina for a 12.30 pickup or make your way to the EUSKOTREN to make your way to San Pelaio Station for pre-arranged pickup from there.
EUSKO TREN – There is also an underground railway, the Metro Donostialdea, a train connection with Bilbao and cities along the Basque Coast, such as Zarautz. The service also links it to Hendaye (France), the SNCF, french rail service, and with Lasarte passing through Donostia. You can catch this train to San Sebastian and Zarautz from Bilbao and from Hendaye which is the last stop on the SNCF train in France. You can get off At San Sebastian Station (Donostia) if you plan to jump on the 12.30 daily pickup from Maria Christina Hotel in San Sebastian or the San Pelaio Station (closer to camp) for all other pickup times.
If you arrive by bus in San Sebastian you can either make your way by foot or taxi to the hotel for a pre arranged 12.30pm pickup or alternatively make your way to San Pelaio Train station, Zarautz for collection at any time.
To get to San Pelaio Train station in Zarautz simply walk across the road from the bus station to the EUSKOTREN and jump on a train in the direction of Bilbao.
If you arrive by bus in Zarautz, we will collect you from the Bus station. Hopefully you’ve pre-arranged a pickup so we can be prepared.
PRICES & PACKAGES
- When: 1st June – 30th September
- How: Meet us there by plane, train, bus or car
- Age: Young at heart traveller 18+. Free trip if you bring your grandma
- Sleep: Dorm-style accommodation at theurf House
- Eat: Three healthy and hearty meals a day
60€ per person per night (min. 2-night stay)
- Stoke surf house dorm accommodation
- Chef-prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- Daily surf lessons and equipment hire
- Experienced surf guides
- Local activities and party nights
- Awesome guides for Semana Grande
- Cliff Jumping
- Slip n Slide
- Free Wifi
- Ping Pong Table/Games Area
- Half Pipe
- Ocean View Balcony
- Hammock Chill Zone
- Free Daily Yoga
- On Site Washing Machines
- Unlimited beer and sangria (10€/day)
- Private rooms (price on request)
- Party trips
- Pintxo tours
- Horse riding
- Cider house tours
- Wine tasting tours
- Brewery tours and Walking tours