Kayaking to the island

"Small island, beatuful views, phantom beach....."

"To visit San Sebastián, is to fall in love...Start with a stroll along therefour-mile oceanfront promenade that hugs the city's three sandy beaches. Or, for a new perspective of this georgeous shore scene, Isla Santa Clara in the middle of the bay. Depending on the tides, the uninhabited islet might reveal its own slip of sand-San Sebastián's phantom fourth beach." 36 hours in San Sebastián, The New York Times, by INGRID K. WILLIAMS

The Basque Coast enchants with the contrast of the deep blue sea with the green mountains and hills that slope toward the beach, and a rich maritime history with popular idols like Elkano who completed the first circumnavigation of the world.

From Ondarreta beach, settled in La Concha bay, the pearl of the Cantabrian sea, set out by kayak and paddle to the Santa Clara island for a unique view of the shimmering scallop-shaped bay. Land in the small beach which only appears with low tide or in the little port and stroll along the paths to the inhabited lighthouse in the top and discover one of the city's best hidden spots.

Highlights

  • Kayak and explore the Santa Clara Island located in the stunning La Concha bay, in San Sebastian.
  • Enjoy one of the best views of the city.
  • Stroll along the paths and discover the inhabited lighthouse at the top of the island.
  • Relax, swim and have a drink in the tiny port.
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LOCATION

BASE ALOKAYAK

DURATION

1 HOUR AND HALF*

REQUIRED

IT'S NECESSARY TO KNOW HOW TO SWIM

RATE KAYAK DOUBLE/SUP

11,50 €/15 € POR PERSONA

INCLUDED:

kayak, paddle, lifejacket and taxes.
*1 hour and half is the duration that we propose but you can choose the duration you prefer according to the rental rates.

RECOMMEND THAT YOU BRING

  • Basically you need a swimsuit, towel and sunscreen.
  • If you want walk around the island is better with flip flops or footwear suitable for water sports.
  • In June and Setember waterproof jacket and long-sleeved t-shirt (neoprene wet suit for SUP) in case of clouds or chilly weather.
  • if you need glasses hold them with a safety strap or similar.

THE MAP OF THE ISLAND

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Lizard from Santa Clara Island

Did you know that Santa Clara Island is the habitat of a subspecies of lizard that only lives there and on Mount Urgull? It is the Iberian lizard of San Sebastian or lizard of the island of Santa Clara (Podarcis liolepis sebastiani). This makes it the only exclusive vertebrate of the Basque Country. The geographical isolation and the absence of other competing saurians has led to the development of certain differences with the Iberian lizard. The most visible is its larger size. It also has a different number of gular and dorsal scales, as well as femoral pores and subdigital lamellae. In its design, it presents several unusual features such as irregularly arranged points throughout its gular region and has irregular ocelli in its outer ventral scales.

  • Basically you need a swimsuit, towel and sunscreen.
  • If you want walk around the island is better with flip flops or footwear suitable for water sports.
  • In June and Setember waterproof jacket and long-sleeved t-shirt (neoprene wet suit for SUP) in case of clouds or chilly weather.
  • if you need glasses hold them with a safety strap or similar.

Is it necessary to have paddling experience to rent a kayak without a guide?

The kayaks that we have in alokayak are self bailing and most of them are very stable so without previous experience you can rent a kayak safely. On the other hand the bay is a very protected place guarded by several Red Cross points so that you can paddle relaxed.

Is it necessary to have experience to rent a SUP without a guide?

No, it is not necessary. But you have to keep in mind that the SUP is a little more complicated than the kayak because you have to keep standing in balance on the board (if you get tired you can always go on your knees). If the sea is a bit rough or windy It will be a little more difficult. However, within the bay as with the kayak is safe to paddle. We will give you some basics before starting and you will be able for th first strokes.

Can we leave our belongings in aloKAYAK when we rent a kayak or SUP?

Yes, our facilities are simple but we have an area so that customers can leave their belongings. However, 50 meters from aloKAYAK are the public dressing rooms on the beach where there are lockers with key in which anyone who wants can leave their belongins (1.40 €)

What is the minimum age for kayaking?

Para ir en kayak son 6 años; siempre y cuando se sepa nadar. Con 6 años un niño deberá ir en un kayak doble acompañado de un adulto, para poder ir solo en un kayak individual es mejor a partir de 8 años.

What must it bring to go kayaking?

Only the swimsuit is necessary, we will provide you the vest. If it is cold you can bring a thermal t-shirt and / or a jacket. On the other hand if it is very sunny you can bring a shirt or lycra to protect you. If you want to stop on the island you can bring some flip-flops to walk around more comfortably.

Can you stop on the island?

Yes. Depending on the tide and the people on the island, we advise you to land in one place or another. But you can always stop and enjoy the beautiful views of Donostia.

Can you have a drink on the island?

Yes. On the island there is a small bar, which offers drinks and something to eat.

How long does it take to get to the island?

The island is very close to aloKayak. In kayak it will take about 15 minutes even if you do not have experience. In SUP depending on your skills and the sea conditions will be a little more time. If you want to go to the island, walk around and paddle back to aloKAYAK, with an hour is usually enough. If you also want to have something in the bar and paddle the bay is better 1 hour and a half.

A little of history

  • Formerly (XV-XVI) there was a hermitage on the top of the island. This hermitage in the sixteenth century was used to quarantine sailors and people who came from areas where there was plague. On other occasions it also served as a lazaretto.
  • It is also said that there they took to bury the heretics who died in San Sebastian..
  • In 1719 when the city was besieged and blocked by the troops of the Duke of Berwick played an important role in the defense of the city.
  • The island also had its Robinson Crusoe. José Vicente Arruabarrena, was born on Mount Igueldo in the Mendigain farmhouse, destroyed in the first civil war and rebuilt by José Ignacio to shelter his large family. From his earliest years, José Vicente showed a taciturn character and inclinations to independent and solitary life; This did not earn him to get rid of that first civil war and led him to swell the Carlist ranks. After many battles and skirmishes he had the happiness of returning home unharmed. The life he had led, did not change his way of being at all; and after a few days' stay he disappeared from his father's home. He got the town council to let him live in a hut he had built near the sea in the old one, where he grew vegetables, raised birds and birds with his companion and guardian Pinto. Back then, the passers-by began to call him Robinson. Subsequently, due to the need to carry out the Andoain bid, Irún wanted to expel him but high influences got him to continue in his domain with a canon of 5 pesetas a year. There was in San Sebastian a distinguished gentleman D. Joaquin Ibar, very fond of hunting that along with other friends came up with the breeding of rabbits on Santa Clara Island and did not think of better guard than Robinson. So there he went to set up his new hut, and there he lived for 2 years until it was proven that the rabbits, despite their fecundity, did not breed on the island. He settled again in the continent and soon died of a serious illness. (Source Siro Alcain)
  • With the construction of the lighthouse in 1864 the mystical tradition of the island was lost to dedicate itself to more utilitarian ends. Later a pier was made and the vacationers began to frequent it.