Framed by tawny sands and emerald hills, San Sebastián’s splendid coastline is laid out before you. Come to this warm, quirky place, dressed in sheepskin and chandeliers, to read, write, explore. The former historic villa of a Countess now has a cocktail bar, happy hour and yoga if you book in advance. It feels like the holiday home of a very arty, well-travelled friend.
Breakfast is brought to your room between 9 and 10 on a tray – fresh orange juice, warm rolls, eggs, ham and cheese, bowls of yogurt with granola, seeds and fruit. Everything is local, organic and has as little packaging as possible.
Stroll to the vast city backyard of Playa La Concha, where the locals flock to picnic, pose and play; body boarders will find powerful waves one beach over at the Playa de la Zurriola. Visit churches, museums and galleries, spend an afternoon in sultry Santa Clara, eat fresh oysters or pintxos (Basque tapas) with a glass of sparkling txakoli white wine.