Playa de Sopelana
Playa de Sopelana
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paaluz
Oslo, Norway65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Friends
The small city of Sopelana, located some 30 minutes with metro outside Bilbao in the Basque country, offers two large beaches to its visitors. Unlike the beaches of southern Spain, the Sopelana beaches are large and very much preserved in touch with nature. This means little commercial activity on the beach itself (just a little bar) and no gigantic hotels right on the beach. The two main beaches of Sopelana, Barinatxe and Arrietara, have different kinds of visitors. Barinatxe is a partly nude beach (clothing optional) and frequented by a younger crowd. Arrietara is a family oriented beach, with lots of young families visiting all the week through. Both beaches, and also the beach of Meñakoz, are loved by surfers from all over the world for the year-round good surfing conditions.
Written 19 March 2012
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Havers
Jersey, UK264 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
We wanted to get to the coast and found this as a highly recommended beach which is easy to get to on the metro. It took about 1/2 hour on a really safe and clean metro train which cost 3 euros return each. A 20 minute walk and you are at the Bay of Biscay. What a view and a friendly part of the world. We had a drink looking at the sea and the sunshine. Good for all members of the family.
Written 19 November 2018
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Celine A
Lausanne, Switzerland10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2017 • Friends
Great place for beginner/intermediate surfers! Surf lessons for 30 € / 2 hours at the Pena Txuri surf school at the end of the beach. Or you can rent a board for 12 € / half day at the styling surf shop on the street above.
Written 21 July 2017
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poddy2015
Congleton, UK251 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
It's a beach with waves and sun and very clean.
Nearest metro is Sopela but most things tell you its Sopelana which seems to be the same.
We walked from the metro for 20 minutes but if you have kids or an easier desire get the bus as it seems to be arriving all the time while I'm sat at the bar.
Bit of an easy climb down but loads of sand ( nearly a mile and flat and wide) and showers at the entrance.
A great day trip from Bilboa city for just over €3 return + beer and Pintxos!
Sunset bar at the top is good resting for me.
Written 17 September 2019
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rearcardoor
Northampton, UK479 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
We wanted to go to the beach and didn't have a car and after having spoken to some locals, decided to try Sopelana. We took the L1 metro line from central Bilbao and got off at Larrabasterra, which was the last stop on that train and it didn't carry on to Sopela. That wasn't a problem. When you exit the train, get onto the main road and turn right. In 20 yards there is a bus stop and every 30 minutes a bus will take you to the beach. If you carry on another 50 yards you'll find a tourist information office and they can give you a map of the local area. On his advise, and because we had just missed a bus, we walked to the beach. It was a good 20-minute walk, maybe longer but not too bad. If you are carrying a lot of stuff, have very young kids or if it is really hot then wait for the bus. If you do decide to walk then you just carry on another 100 yards, cross the road and take the left turn along Arriatera Etorbidea - it is signposted for the beach too. Keep going straight and take the right fork when you get over the hill and are close to the beach. There is one bar at the beach that does serve food, but there isn't a lot of choice, There is also a shop near the tourist info place where you can buy bread, ham, cheese etc to make some basic sandwiches. At the beach, there are good facilities for free and include toilets, showers and bidet things to wash your feet. There is a surf school there. There are no umbrellas to hire or chairs so on a hot day take your own sun tent or umbrella. The sea is great and gradually gets deeper so great for the kids. There is a bit of seaweed but it's no problem. Heading back, with your back to the sea, take the right-hand exit from the beach and wait at the bottom of the hill, near the steps. The bus picks up here and takes you back to the station, By the way, if you had taken the left fork on the walk to the beach you would hit another beach which is a naturist beach.
Written 18 August 2018
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nnmercman
Camberley, UK14,186 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
There’s a small car park at the top of the beach and at busy times it’s difficult to get a spot, which is why you’ll see a lot of cars parked along the street further up. Visited on a busy Saturday early March and the two cafes were overflowing so we didn’t stop for a drink. The beach itself is long and wide and so you’ll always be able to get a sheltered spot if there’s a breeze blowing. Nice views along the coast towards entrance to Bilbao harbour area and from the car park you can walk the cliff path.
Written 3 March 2018
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JinWee T
London, UK99 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
Apparently this is the best beach in Bilbao, according to other reviews, but I can't attest to that, as it was the only beach I visited in Bilbao. Sopelana (or Sopela according to some signs) is the third from last stop on the Bilbao metro towards Plentzia. The beach is not that accessible from the station. It's possible to take a bus (ask around for the bus stop), but we walked. With 2 children it took about 25 minutes to get out of the residential area and to the beach. It's a tough walk if you're carrying things - you need to negotiate 2 hills, a bridge over a motorway, and steep steps down to the beach.

The beach itself was not crowded (we visited at 2 pm on a Monday afternoon), and the tide was out. The sand is fairly coarse but great for building sandcastles. There were a fair number of large rockpools for kids to play in. I wouldn't recommend venturing into the surf with children, as it was quite strong, and even as an adult I feared that the undertow would whisk me out to sea if I wasn't careful. The water was fairly cold and refreshing though.

It's best to pitch your picnic site farther away from the cliff faces, as some of them are quite crumbly and there's a risk of rock falls. Having said that, the life guard post is right underneath a rock face, and presumably they'd know if there was a risk.

After a couple of hours of messing around in the sand, the sea and the rockpools, we decided to clean up and head for home. There are open showers on the rock face above the beach (strong jets, little children be careful) and a changing room free for public use. The facilities are basic but adequate.

We ended up at a cerveceria above the beach to refresh ourselves, then took the bus back to the station. It's a nice walk but just a little too hot in the Spanish afternoon sunshine.
Written 11 August 2014
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Timo L
Turku, Finland461 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2013 • Couples
The beach is very large, very clean and has good services. Junior surfing schools are nice to watch. Parking is limited, but free if you agree to walk 0,5 - 1 km.
Written 21 July 2013
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FernandaAsh
Bath, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2013 • Couples
My husband and I were in looking for a beach where we could set up our small barbecue and cook our dinner - but we knew that it would be a bit difficult on the beach itself - so completely by chance we ended up on this beach! What a find!

We arrived to find this stunning cliff overlooking the beach with the sea covered by people surfing! So beautiful!

We set up our barbecue on top of the cliff overlooking the beach and we had no problem at all! Afterwards we walked down to the beach to find nudist and non-nudists enjoying the beach in perfect harmony.

There is no shade on the beach itself - so we took our little Igloo. The sea is a bit lethal there (hence the surfists) - so it is not ideal for kids, although there are life guards on the beach at all times.

On top of the cliff there is a green area where people go running up and down this hill - so scenic! And close by there very nice post-surf bars that well worth a visit!
Written 12 July 2013
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Angel A
914 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2018 • Family
We have spent an amazing afternoon at this wonderful beach on the Atlantic Ocean and really enjoyed it, especially me and my wife. You can swim as the water is not too cold and there are many surfers. The place looks very popular among surfers. There are several surf schools and waves were great that day. My daughter also enjoyed as she could dig on the beach and play with the sand - lovely. We would love to go again and maybe try the surf school with my daughter. Also for a long walk on the beach- is multifunctional, just amazing.
Written 3 July 2018
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