Santa Clara Island, San Sebastian - Donostia

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Santa Clara Island is located in San Sebastian, Spain, in the middle of the bay of Donosti. It is located between the two most importants mountains of the city, Urgull and Igueldo.It measures 400 meters across, and rises to a height of 48 meters, with steep sides. It is difficult to walk to because of the rocks.The island has a small beach which only appears with low tide. There is a small bar and a small port. Despite the small size of the island, the beach has a lifeguard service because a lot of people go to the island in summer. The port of Santa Clara is connected by ferry, running every 30 minutes, with Donostia.The island has an uninhabited lighthouse.Wildlife and plantsThe island supports a range of exotic species including: Tamarix gallica (French tamarisk)Chamaecyparis lawsoniana (Lawson's cypress )Arundo donax (giant cane)Populus nigra (black poplar)Betula celtiberica (birch)Ficus carica (common fig)Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust tree)Ligustrum ovalifolium (oval-leaved privet)Euonymus japonicus (Japanese spindle)Geranium robertianum (herb Robert)Pteridium aquilinum (common bracken)Trifolium reptans (clover)Crithmum maritimum (rock samphire) Animals include the Iberian wall lizard as well as gulls, the European shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) and the common guillemot (Uria aalge).
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  • We took the ferry to the island and spent a glorious day there. Relaxed in the sun at the restaurant/bathing area and went for a walk around the island. The ferry travels from the harbour regularly. T...  more »
  • Took the small ferry out to the island where we spent a lovely couple of hours sunbathing and swimming off the quayside. The friendly bar serving food & drinks just makes the whole experience perfect....  more »
  • A twenty minutes boat ride takes you to this green little island in the Concha bay of San Sebasti├ín. The boats run every half hour in summer. It was a bit awkward to find the ticket office and where t...  more »

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Most visitors are drawn to the expansive La Concha urban beach. Its hotels, restaurants, and bars are more spread out, and the area tends to be quieter than other parts of the city. The area just south of the beach heading inland is the Romantic District, where you'll find some of the city's most beautiful architecture and the main shopping area. For a first-hand experience of the city's acclaimed gastronomy and
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