Santa Clara Island (San Sebastián)

Coordinates: 43°19′17″N 1°59′56″W / 43.3214°N 1.9989°W / 43.3214; -1.9989
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Seen from the hill Igeldo

Santa Clara Island (Spanish: Isla de Santa Clara; Basque: Santa Klara uhartea) is an island located in San Sebastián, Spain, in the middle of the bay of Donostia.[1] It is located between the two most important mountains of the city, Urgull and Igueldo.

It measures 400 metres (1,300 feet) across, and rises to a height of 48 metres (157 feet), with steep sides. 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 of its popularity in the summer. The concrete pier of Santa Clara is served to Donostia by boat, running every 30 minutes.[citation needed] The island has an uninhabited lighthouse.

Wildlife and plants[edit]

Lighthouse on Santa Clara

The island supports a range of exotic species including:

Animals include the Iberian wall lizard (Podarcis hispanicus sebastiani) as well as gulls, the European shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) and the common guillemot (Uria aalge) .


At the end of the 16th century, the people of Donostia (San Sebastián) who were infected by the plague were transferred to the island to prevent the spread of infection. The island of Santa Clara is state property, transferred by the state to the commune of San Sebastián under the Decree of October 31, 1968.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Buckley, Marti (15 December 2019). "48 hours in . . . San Sebastián, an insider guide to the Spanish beach town turned Michelin hotspot". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 1 August 2020.

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