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Spanish and Surf in San Sebastian

What's included in this trip?

Suitable for all language levels
Suitable for all surf levels, including beginners
Avg. 20-35 years old. Min. 17
Avg. 6-8 students per class

Shared stay or host family
Travel easily to San Sebastian
Course starts every Monday
This school is accredited


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  • Cosy student town with lively nightlife: San Sebastian, located in the Spanish Basque Country, is a very popular student city. Because of its popular university, many students from all corners of Spain and Europe flock to this great city. The presence of these students makes the city buzz!
  • City and surf beach around the corner: There are only a few cities in Europe that are located directly on the beach. And guess what? San Sebastian is one of them! Even better: you can have great surfing along the promenade of San Sebastian. It is unique!
  • Fantastic cuisine: San Sebastian is located in the Basque Country, which is considered worldwide to be the centre of gastronomy. And that shows! Everywhere you will find bars and restaurants with meals for different budgets. It is always good!

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San Sebastian is a very nice city to learn Spanish and you can surf there very easily. The city is known for its city beach, which is within walking distance of the language school. Stay and enjoy Spanish life, including the exceptional food.
Most of the students you'll meet here come from all over the world. During your stay, you make friends for life, with whom you will discover San Sebastian together, the delicious food, surfing and the surrounding area.

About Spanish and Surf in San Sebastian

Below you will read everything you would want to know about this surf + language program in San Sebastian, Spain. In case anything is unclear to you, feel free to reach out to us.

About San Sebastian, Spain

  • San Sebastian: a bustling student town, which is famous for its excellent cuisine in addition to its excellent surfing conditions. Thanks to its open location by the ocean, waves are constantly rolling up against the beaches of San Sebastian, making it one of the few European cities where you can surf directly in the city. In addition, you have a cozy center, consisting of an old and a new part. You can do anything in this city, which is medium-sized, and you won’t get bored.
  • Northern Spain: San Sebastian is located on the Atlantic Ocean, in northern Spain. The north-west coast of Spain is less dry than the rest of the country thanks to its location on the Atlantic Ocean, making the area much greener than the rest of the fairly dry Spainish coast. This results in a beautiful natural region. There are plenty of opportunities to visit cities around San Sebastian.


About the language school

  • About the language school: the language school in San Sebastian is one of the most experienced Spanish language schools in northern Spain. This school was founded in 1989 and has introduced thousands of international students to the Spanish language. The school is not too big, so there is a lot of room for personal attention.
  • The students: you will learn Spanish in a truly international environment. You will not only learn a lot about the Spanish language, about Spain and about the Basque Country, but you will also learn a lot about the countries and cultures of your fellow students during your stay.
  • Accreditations & awards:  this language school is accredited by Instituto Cervantes,  Fedele,  International House and IALC . This language school is also an official exam center for Spanish exams.


About the language lessons

  • Spanish Lessons: you follow a few hours of Spanish lessons during the morning hours. This will be 20 lessons per week (usually morning or afternoon). You will focus on the different skills of Spanish (speaking and listening, but also writing, reading and grammar). The groups are kept small, so there is a lot of personal attention.
  • Spanish and Surf: if you book the surf lessons, you follow surf lessons at the famous surf school Pukas during the afternoon. Together with your fellow students you will go to the surf school which is located directly on the beach, where you will receive an hour of surfing lessons every day. 
  • Starting dates: courses start every Monday (arrival in San Sebastian on Sunday).
    • Spanish courses for beginners start on: 07 Jan. 03 Feb 02 Mar 06 Apr May 4th. 01 Jun Jun 15 29 Jun 06 Jul Jul 20 03 Aug. 17 Aug. 31 Aug. 07 Sep. 05 Oct. 02 Nov. 07 Dec. 
    • (if the above data does not come true, you can also choose to do self-study (eg via a language app) and start another Monday)
  • Holiday dates 2020:  Jan. 1, 06 & 20. Mar. 19. Apr. 10 & 13. May 1. Jul. 31. Oct. 12. Dec. 8 & 25. These days the school is closed, lessons are – where possible – made up for on other days.

About the students

  • The students: you will learn Spanish in a truly international environment. You will not only learn a lot about the Spanish language, about Spain and about the Basque Country, but you will also learn a lot about the countries and cultures of your fellow students during your stay. Most students come alone and are between 18 and 35.

About the surf lessons

  • Surf lesson: you will take 1 hour of surf lessons 5 times a week at the renowned surf school Pukas. This highly professional surf school (with offices in different Spanish cities) has taught thousands of students over the years, and is a household name in northern Spain. In addition to a surf school, Pukas also makes its own surfboards and they have several surf shops in Spain. Surfing lessons are optional (of course we recommend them).
  • Surfing material: if you want to surf outside the lessons, you can rent a board and wetsuit. If you are staying in San Sebastian for a longer period of time, you can also choose to purchase a (second-hand) surfboard. 

About the surf conditions


  • The surfing lessons are given at different levels. The surf instructors will ensure that you get lessons at your level, even if you have never surfed you will learn this quickly.
  • If you are an experienced surfer, we recommend that you purchase a (second-hand) surfboard on location or bring one yourself. However, a week (or 2) of surfing lessons can still help you a lot further.
  • Read more about surfing in San Sebastian


  • Shared apartment: these apartments are shared, the other guests staying in the apartments are fellow students or locals. You get your own room with a desk, chair and a cupboard. If you are traveling with a friend, or with your partner, it is also possible to share a room (1 large or 2 single beds). The apartments are located in different areas of San Sebastian. Virtually all sights are basically within walking distance.
  • Host family:  this is the ideal way to improve your Spanish even faster. You stay in an apartment where a family also lives (this is possible with or without children). These people already have experience with living with students who are learning the Spanish language, they will only try to help you. You get a private room while you share the bathroom. Breakfast is included with the family, but you can also choose to have dinner served every day.

What is there to do?

  • Culinary San Sebastian: when it comes to food and drink, you are guaranteed to enjoy yourself. Every week there are special student evenings, where you can try the tastiest snacks and drinks with a discount, always very nice!
  • Festivals: many festivals are organized in San Sebastian during the summer. A famous jazz festival is organized every year, and the Basque festival week is also a household name. Here you can read everything about the festivals in San Sebastian .
  • City trip: a relatively short distance from San Sebastian you will find a number of cities that you can easily reach. For example, you can visit Biarritz, Bilbao and Pamploma during the weekend.
  • Other activities: in addition to the activities mentioned above, many activities are also organized from the language school. Think of paella evenings, beach volleyball, SUV, kayaking, soccer and much more. So you will never be bored!



You can find the location of the language school on the map below. Below you will find the best way(s) to get there.


  • Lacunza International House – San Sebastián
  • Mundaitz Kalea 8
  • 20012 San Sebastián-Donostia
  • Gipuzkoa, Spain

How to get there?

  • It is possible to be picked up from Bilbao airport. However, it is easiest to catch a bus that goes to the center of San Sebastian. From there you can walk or take a taxi to the pick-up address for your apartment key. Otherwise you can be picked up by your host family.

Practical information

  • Arrival: Sunday from 14:00 (in accommodation). Departure is Saturday at 12:00. Single nights (before or after language course is possible). With earlier arrival or later departure you can often leave your luggage in the accommodation (in consultation).
  • Visa : no visa is required for residents of the Netherlands and / or Belgium.
  • Currency: in Spain you pay with the Euro.
  • Pins and credit card: In San Sebastian you will find a large number of ATMs where you can pay with your Debit card or credit card.
  • Vaccinations: vaccinations are not necessary for San Sebastian
  • Wifi: Wi-Fi is available in the language school. It may occur in the accommodation, but it is not a guarantee.

Basic packlist

In the welcome information you will receive more information about 'what to pack'. For now, we would like to inform you of the most important things:
  • Identity card
  • Insurance Pass / Printed Proof
  • Suncream (water-repellent)
  • Swimsuit / Bikini and a bath towel & towel
  • Hot clothes
  • A debit card / credit card and some cash (€)
  • Phone charger

Price list

Below is the price list for Spanish and Surf in San Sebastian. We do our best to keep these prices as up-to-date as possible, but the actual prices may differ from the table below. Please fill in the booking form for a free and non-committal price overview for your desired surf + language trip.
Type of acco:
Spaans (20 les)
1 week € 433,-
2 weeks € 756,-
3 weeks € 1.079,-
4 weeks € 1.362,-
5 weeks € 1.675,-
6 weeks € 1.988,-
7 weeks € 2.301,-
8 weeks € 2.494,-
4.8/ 5 - 56 reviews


Spanish and Surf in San Sebastian is rated with a 4.8 /5, based on 56 reviews. You can find up to 5 reviews below:

5/ 5

Gregg Blodgett

I studied at Lacunza for 2 weeks the first half of September. This is my second time with the school. My instruction included an hourly daily of private lessons. Im at the

level. The teachers were wonderful and well organized, the classes interesting and there are plenty of social activities planned. I highly recommend Lacunza

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5/ 5

Lily X

I did 3 weeks here in August-September 2022 and it was great- the teachers were really nice, the building was in a good location and well kitted out and the extracurriculars w

re cool- I particularly enjoyed the surfing.

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5/ 5

Rachel S

My 15-year-old son had an AMAZING time at the Lacunza teen summer program. He loved his host family, the activities, the classes, most of all the people he met. We will recomm

nd your program to everyone we know. It was truly a life changing experience and his fluency has improved dramatically.

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5/ 5

Randy Erdmann

I did a 12 weeks course on C1 level from September-December 2021 and enjoyed every day. The teachers were nice, the receptionists a beam of sunshine even on the rainiest days,

the class size was perfect, the afternoon activities were great and the location was also neat. Thanks to Lacunza I found many new international friends and the woman I was living with also became a good friend. So also thumbs up for choosing good host families. I also found it remarkable that they would make up the missed hours due to a national holiday and then would just start earlier or finish later the other days of the week. You get everything you paid for and even more! Highly recommendable!

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5/ 5

Veronica Montero

My 15 year old daughter spent a month at Lacunza and enjoyed every aspect of it. The teachers were great, class sizes and levels were appropriate, the activities were differen

each week and allowed her to try out new things and get to know the area. It was an unforgettable experience for my daughter.

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