Concha Bay, Spain
The TripleSat satellite takes us over the Basque city of San Sebastian in this optical image from 04 September 2017.
San Sebastian - also known as Donostia - is located on the coast of the Bay of Biscay on the Atlantic Ocean. It is a popular destination for tourists due to its location and the three beaches we can see in the image; Ondarreta and Concha on the left and Zurriola on the right.
In the centre of the city, 1,500 metres of white sand stretch from City Hall to the Pico del Loro (Parrot's Beak). Concha Bay, named after it's shell shape, is regarded as one of the most beautiful urban beaches in Europe.
The Urgull mountain can be seen centre-right where the River Urumea empties into the ocean. The harbour and city hall are both located in this area. On the left side of the shell is Igueldo mountain. These mountains provide Concha with protection from high winds and waves.
Found in the middle of Concha Bay, people are able to swim (or take a boat) to Santa Clara Island. The island is 400 metres across, and 48 metres high. Tide fluctuation affects access to the small beach on the island.
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Credit: 21AT 2017, distribution Airbus DS