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The 5 best beaches in the Basque Country to enjoy with the family

Beach of Gorliz
11th July, 2022
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Coast Surfing Beaches

The beach is one of the biggest attractions when it comes to planning your summer days, and the truth is that on the Basque coast we have a wide variety of sandy beaches, even inland!

Here we don't need the sea to be able to enjoy a good stretch of sand. What's more, you can enjoy our beaches at any time of the year, as most of them are the setting for events such as triathlons, surfing championships, and regattas.

They are perfect for pleasant walks even in winter, great for recovering strength and filling the lungs with fresh air and resetting body and soul. Some brave people don't miss their daily dip in the Cantabrian Sea, a good plan for the most daring people. Even so, it is usually in summer that they are most popular, as they are excellent for all kinds of water activities, walks, reading and even just relaxing on a towel, practicing the well-known "round trip".

Do you want to know the best beaches to visit this summer? We present to you our top 5 to enjoy with your family.

1. Beaches of Garaio, Vitoria-Gasteiz (Araba/Álava)

There are also beaches without sea, discover them!

Located around the Ullibarri-Gamboa reservoir, these inland sandy beaches are awarded the blue flag year after year. The accessibility, the quality of its waters, and services such as showers, parking, lifeguard service, and others make it a safe and favourable place for families who visit them.

Garaio Norte and Garaio Sur, with more than 2,600 in length and 116 hectares of green space, this area offers a wide variety of activities: hiking, water sports, recreational areas, guided tours, and even summer workshops for children.

The perfect beach for the whole family!

Beach of Garaio
Beach of Garaio

2. Beach of Zarautz (Gipuzkoa)

Share an ice cream with your family as you walk from end to end

Zarautz beach is one of the longest in the Basque Country, stretching for 2,500 metres. It is well known for its surfing championships and the eye-catching awnings that make it so attractive.

Apart from strolling along its lively boardwalk lined with bars and ice-cream parlours, you can enjoy water activities such as diving or canoeing, paragliding, and/or children's games.

The promenade is full of artisan ice cream parlours!

Beach of Zarautz
Beach of Zarautz

3. Beach of Hondarribia (Gipuzkoa)

Take postcard photos to remember its beautiful landscapes

Especially known for its width and calm waters, Hondarribia beach is protected thanks to the breakwater that runs along with one of its sides. It is located in the beautiful bay of Txingudi and is made up of 700 metres of fine golden sand.

The absence of waves and currents makes it suitable for bathing and swimming with the little ones, and its shore is perfect for playing paddle and making sandcastles. Moreover, the fact that the sea is so calm makes it ideal for snorkeling, canoeing, and even a ride on a jet skiEnjoy its calm sea!

Beach of Hondarribia
Beach of Hondarribia

The tide was low and at the bottom of the bright sand, they saw the old town of Hondarribia and the green hills on the other side of the bay and, in the distance, the lighthouse. They stopped the car. It is a beautiful place.

Hemingway, The Garden of Eden

4. Beach of Isuntza, Lekeitio (Bizkaia)

Can you imagine walking to a dream island? In Lekeitio it is possible

Isuntza is one of the most accessible beaches on the Biscayan coast, as it is in the town centre, next to the port and next to the square where the town hall of Lekeitio is located.  There is also a park above it with benches and swings for the whole family to relax for a while after a day at the beach.

Among the activities to do on this sandy beach, canoeing, diving, paddle surfing, and/or beach volleyball stand out, but one of its great attractions is undoubtedly the island of Garraitz, also known as San Nicolás. It can be reached via the stone path at low tide, or by swimming at high tide. An adventure that the little ones will never forget.

Go a few lengths to Garraitz!

Beach of Isuntza, Lekeitio
Beach of Isuntza, Lekeitio

5. Beach of Gorliz (Bizkaia)

Beach and barbecue, can you think of a better plan?

This quiet beach, located in a beautiful natural bay, is a favourite with families because of the safety of its waters and the green areas that surround it. Here, you can enjoy a barbecue, go hiking and even sunbathe if you are not too keen on getting sandy.

It was the first beach in the Basque Country to obtain the Q certification for tourist quality and apart from being able to unwind in its relaxed atmosphere, it also has WIFI in case you fancy a change of office. Canoe hire, surfing courses, sports routes, picnic areas, and much more await you in this picturesque spot.

Ideal for boys and girls!

If you visit one of these beaches, we can assure you that you will return home with a good taste in your mouth and a big smile, and if, in addition, you taste the typical gastronomy of the area such as pintxos and grilled fish, you will want to stay forever! But if you plan to see as many beaches as possible, you have 176 kilometres of beaches and coves to discover in the Basque Country.

Whatever idea you have, we'll be waiting for you with great enthusiasm, because... Euskadi is part of you!

It's your time, it's the place.

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