As the Basque region’s number-one seaside resort, San Sebastian is the proud owner of three pristine sandy beaches stretching around the Bay de la Concha. They fill up quickly with families clustered around the distinctive toldos de sol, blue-and-white striped beach tents that can be hired along the beach.
Take time out from the beach to explore the charismatic city of San Sebastian; start off by getting your bearings on a hop-on, hop-off tour of all the sights. Cherry-pick a couple of places to see in the late afternoon and escape the fierce midday heat among the bars and coffee shops of the historic Parte Vieja.
Bring a picnic, wander around the enticing backstreets, take a swim on the little slab of beach or visit the austere castle built by King Charles V on Plaza de Armas. It’s now a parador (government-owned hotel) so it’s just the place to stop for coffee in late afternoon.