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Crowned No1 in Europe, this shell-shaped stretch on the Bay of Bis­cay is a must-see. An ur­ban beach in one of the con­ti­nent’s gas­tro­nomic hubs, the mile-long beauty is backed by the bustling La Con­cha prom­e­nade.

The sur­round­ing moun­tains pro­tect the beach from high winds and waves, and you can swim or kayak out to another mini peak in the bay, Isla Santa Clara, that of­fers its own beach bar.

Since in­ter­na­tional home-hunters have em­braced this fash­ion­able Basque city, home to 16 Miche­lin stars, own­ing a prop­erty doesn’t come cheap. In fact, one of the roads fac­ing the bay, Calle Her­nani, at €1,180 (£995) per sq ft, is the most ex­pen­sive lo­ca­tion in Spain, even sur­pass­ing Madrid’s and Barcelona’s fa­mous avenidas or paseos.

“Ex­pect to pay over €1mil­lion for a three-bed­room apart­ment over­look­ing the bay,” says Michel Gar­cia of agency Engel & Völk­ers. “A view of La Con­cha is the prime lo­ca­tion in San Se­bas­tian.”

If you can’t af­ford the view, you can get a large apart­ment a five-minute walk away for around €500,000.

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