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Digital Subscriptions > Outdoor Swimmer > August 19 > SWIMMING SAN SEBASTIÁN


Sheltered sea swims, a vast sandy beach and gastronomic delights for every budget: could San Sebastián be the perfect getaway for outdoor swimmers? Liz Lowe tests the water, talks to local swimmers and eats a lot of pintxos
The Travesìa del Paseo Nuevo race
Liz and friends

We pushed open the door and emerged from the steam into the brightness of the day. Our feet padded onto pale sand, the pace quickened, and we fell into ocean waves. here may have been some whooping.

Back across La Concha beach stood the belle époque façade of La Perla where, just moments before, we’d admired the view in reverse from the panoramic jacuzzi.

San Sebastián is a place to really savour life. his elegant Basque Country resort, which boasts 18 Michelin stars, is a feast for both body and soul. It’s also home to a friendly and inspiring community of outdoor swimmers, who were happy to share their local

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In our summer issue we look at the revival of lidos and outdoor pools that continues to gain momentum despite political and financial challenges; we give you a race day rescue plan that will get you to the finish line no matter how little training you have done; Elaine Howley asks how far would you be willing to chase an impossible dream; and sports psychology consultant Helen Davis shows how to overcome self-doubt and succeed at your swim challenges. And as always, we bring you inspiring stories, swim tips, gear reviews, stunning swim photography and the most comprehensive UK and international event listings to help you plan your summer swims.