San Sebastián or Donostia in Basque, is a truly walkable city and one of Spain’s most famous destinations. Within a stone’s throw of each other are the beautiful Concha Beach and the atmospheric Parte Vieja (Old Town), said to have the highest density of bars in the world.
Another sight worth walking to is El Peine del Viento (Comb of Winds), a beautiful sculpture embedded in solid rock; a joint project between artist Eduardo Chillida and architect Luis Peña Ganchegui, it is located in the Bay of Conchas, along the coast. A stroll along San Sebastián’s Centro Romántic, with its pedestrianized shopping streets and handsome Art Nouveau façades, is also a real treat.
A gourmand’s paradise, the city is on par with Paris and being home to one of the highest concentrations of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world. Tasty snacks known as pintxos—similar to tapas—are ubiquitous at bars throughout this gorgeous city, especially in the Old Quarter.
Situated just south of the Bay of Biscay in Basque Country, Bilbao is a vibrant and compact city that allows for easy exploration on foot. The opening of Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in 1997 sparked a renaissance within the city that has put Bilbao back on the map culturally and artistically. The city also boasts an attractive old quarter that is ideal for strolling through, along with many fantastic restaurants and pintxo bars.