Why go: A seaside paradise, the Basque town of San Sebastian is renowned for its pioneering, Michelin-starred restaurants and beautiful beach on the Bahia de la Concha. Art Nouveau buildings and wide streets provide an idyllic setting for famed restaurants like Arzak and Mugaritz.
Where to stay: Works by local artists decorate the tranquil rooms of the Villa Soro, located on a tree-lined avenue alongside other stately 19th-century homes. Rooms from around $170; villasoro.es
Where to eat: Juan Mari Arzak helped found the new Basque cuisine at his eponymous restaurant, which, with its three Michelin stars, is considered one of the best places to eat in Spain—and the world.