San Sebastián, or Donostia as it is called in Basque, has a circular bay with white sand beaches and clear waters that have long attracted wealthy beach-goers in search of sun and sophistication. This is what made the city famous during the Belle Époque era and it is also where Queen Maria Cristina established her royal summerhouse. The evidence of San Sebastian’s glamorous past can still be seen throughout the city.
La Concha is probably the most beautiful urban beach in Europe, and it's adorned by luxurious beachside mansions as well as the famous spa called La Perla (The Pearl). Its boardwalk is lined by an ornate white railing that has become a symbol of the city.
In more recent years, San Sebastián has gained significant press for its cuisine. The city alone has 16 Michelin stars spread across 9 restaurants and famously boasts more stars per capita than anywhere else in the world other than Tokyo.
San Sebastián is also famous for its pintxos. And the best place to go to try some of them is its old town. This charming old city center is famous for having the highest concentration of bars in the world.
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is a visit not to be missed. It was joined to land by a narrow stone bridge, and it leaves no visitor indifferent. Gaztelugatxe is an isle belonging to the village of Bermeo in Bizkaia. It is joined to the coast by a two-arch bridge and on the highest part of the isle stands the Hermitage of San Juan which dates from the 10th century.
The views from the road are spectacular, but as you reach the isle you are surrounded by seagulls and enwrapped in the loud noise of the sea and a salty flavour as you breathe. The strength of the southern waters of the Bay of Biscay takes on another meaning. The views from there are spectacular. When you reach the top, the grandeur of the place makes you feel different, stronger; all you have to do is breath deeply and let yourself be borne away…