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“Once a resort for the Spanish royals, San Sebastian’s pintxo bars [pronounced peen-chos, the Basque equivalent of tapas] and Michelin-starred restaurants make it the food Mecca of Spain, and perhaps the world,” Batkin says, adding that San Sebastian has the highest amount of Michelin stars per capita than any other city in the world. “Pair good food with plentiful beaches and you’ve got yourself a foodie/beach paradise in San Sebastian,” Batkin says. “This is where the legendary Spanish tapas gets such a good name. All you need to do is walk the old quarter to witness row upon row of food-laden bars and if the sights don’t entice you, the smells will.
Location: Northern Spain on the border of Spain and France
Accommodations: Hotel Maria Cristina, a Starwood property situated on the beach
Dining: Arzak, 3 Michelin stars; Atari Gastoteka, local cuisine
Activities: El Peine del Viento, a marriage of art and landscape by the bay created by late sculptor Eduardo Chillida