San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
Refinery29 Just 12 miles south of the French border, San Sebastian is a seaside Spanish city that draws a lot of visitors, especially during summer. It's a cultural hub, with numerous festivals and artistic events throughout the year, and was selected as the EU’s European Capital of Culture for 2016. San Sebastian is also a good choice for food lovers, especially as it’s home to Basque cuisine. If you have money to spare, check out Arzak, a three Michelin star restaurant that is considered one of the most innovative in the world. Mostly, though, you’ll want to head to one of the beaches, probably Playa de Gros or Playa de la Concha, and make your home in the sand.
Where To Stay: In San Sebastian, location is key — you want to be near the ocean and within walking distance to Old Town. Pension Casa Nicolasa offers both, and for around $150 a night, you can book one of their new, well-decorated rooms. It’s centrally located, near both of the city’s main beaches and nestled in the center of Old Town, in close proximity to plenty of restaurants and shops.