San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
Thrillist Compared to all the other drop dead gorgeous beaches in Spain, La Concha ranks somewhere in the middle -- a seashell-shaped (hence the name) swoop of golden sand between the forested mountains of Urgull and Igueldo, with the rocky island of Santa Clara in the bay. It’s shallow enough for kids, sheltered from the wind, and lapped by gentle waves. So far, so good.
Its real superpower, though, is the city behind it. San Sebastián is an absolute beauty with a world-famous food scene – there are more Michelin stars per person here than anywhere else on the planet. If you’ve got an appetite for fine dining, start at Mugaritz (the 9th best restaurant in the world) then move onto Arzak, which has 100,000 bottles of wine in the cellar and champion female chef Elena Arzak in the kitchen. If you’re on a bitesize budget, just go for drinks on a terrace or stroll along the promenade like it’s 1899.