The beachside neighbourhood of Gros is cool, young and pure surf fashion. The neighbourhood largely lacks the architectural pleasures of other parts of the city, but with a long surfboard-cluttered beach, some of the best-value hotels in the city and a reputation as a pintxo powerhouse, you’re likely to spend a lot of time having fun here.


Gros is all about the beach, but as you’re waiting for the day to heat up, go for a morning stroll around the Parque de Cristina Enea. You could even take a picnic breakfast and eat it on the wide lawns while pompous peacocks strut past. Next, head over to Pukas for a pre-lunch surf lesson. You’ll be thrown about, but the experience will build up an appetite.

For lunch, check out the impressive Kursaal building where you’ll find the equally impressive Restaurante Ni Neu. After a morning of hectic activity and stomach-pleasing delight you’ll need a little siesta. Join the surf crowd down on the sands of Playa de Zurriola and watch the experienced riders take to the waves.

As the day cools off, head to Sagüés and Monte Ulia at the eastern end of the beach for what might be the best sunset in town. For dinner give the pintxos bars of the Parte Vieja a miss and instead checkout the creative culinary scene in Gros.


  • Playa de Zurriola Frolicking on the pretty beach of Gros by day, then returning in the evening to watch the sunset.
  • Kursaal Checking out the futuristic design of architect Rafael Moneo's striking cultural centre.
  • Pintxos Strolling the restaurant-lined Calle Peña y Goñi, stopping for food and liquid refreshment along the way.
  • Water sports Hiring a surfboard – or taking a class – then heading out on the waves lapping at Gros' back door.
  • Nightlife Sipping craft brews at Mala Gissona Beer House, joining the party people at Le Bukowski or lingering over the city's best gin and tonics at La Gintonería Donostiarra.

Top Tips

Head to Playa de Zurriola to watch the sunset. it's a fine vantage point and draws far fewer tourists than other viewing spots in the city.