This beautiful city, which is also known as Donostia, sits on Spain’s northern coast in the Basque country. It’s got tonnes to offer tourists. Take its fair share of historic architecture, including the Ayuntamiento, or city hall, which was built back in the 19th century. Natural sights are on the agenda, too – head up Monte Igueldo for coastline views that’ll have you reaching for your camera.
But the jewel in San Sebastian’s crown has to be its food scene. This place has an unusually high amount of Michelin-starred restaurants, and some of the world’s best eateries can be found here. If you’re not up for splashing the cash, tuck in to pintxos – small slices of bread with lots of toppings. These little snacks are on offer in the tapas bars that line the cobbled streets of the Old Quarter.
This little island might not be a big name in the Canary Island crew, but it’s got plenty to offer. As well as a picture-perfect landscape criss-crossed with walking trails, La Palma offers up some stellar stargazing opportunities. In fact, it was the world’s first Starlight Reserve.
One of the island’s best starry spots is the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory. You’ll find this place on La Palma’s tallest peak, and you can tour the observatory for a look inside one of their telescopes. Head outside the observatory on a clear night, and you’ll have an uninterrupted view of the stars – make sure you wrap up warm, though.
If you’re after some serious views, make your way to Spain’s biggest national park, Sierra Nevada – in daytripping distance from Roquetas de Mar and Almerimar. The Sierra Nevada mountain range sits within the park, and it’s here that you’ll find mainland Spain’s highest peak. That’s not all, though. Alongside its collection of 20 peaks, this range features 50 mountain lakes, too.
As well as being popular with hikers, this area’s also a winner for skiers. The Sierra Nevada Ski Station is Europe’s most southerly ski resort if you fancy hitting the slopes.
The lesser-known little sister of Ibiza, this island flies under the radar, which makes it perfect for sun-seekers who are after a bit of peace and quiet. It’s ringed with peaceful stretches of sand – building on the beach is actually banned here, so you won’t find any bars pumping out loud music.
The take-it-easy vibe carries on beyond the beach, too. Spend an unhurried afternoon browsing the El Pilar de la Mola hippie markets, or explore sleepy San Francisco, the island’s capital. Plus, evenings sipping cocktails are on the cards in Es Pujols’ sleek set of bars.
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