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.