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San Sebastián, Spain

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A sophisticated food scene with a side of surf and siesta is the specialty of this Basque town on the Bay of Biscay. Arzak, Spain’s first three-star Michelin restaurant, is just a few streets from the preferred surf beach of La Zurriola. Jump in to a pickup game of beach volleyball or soccer, or paddle out to join dozens of surfers bobbing in the waves. Conditions are perfect for beginners during the summer months and much more adrenaline pumping during winter. Tapas (called pintxos in these parts) are the social glue in San Sebastián, with options including the notable Bar Zeruko.

World's Coolest Surf Towns

San Sebastián, Spain

A sophisticated food scene with a side of surf and siesta is the specialty of this Basque town on the Bay of Biscay. Arzak, Spain’s first three-star Michelin restaurant, is just a few streets from the preferred surf beach of La Zurriola. Jump in to a pickup game of beach volleyball or soccer, or paddle out to join dozens of surfers bobbing in the waves. Conditions are perfect for beginners during the summer months and much more adrenaline pumping during winter. Tapas (called pintxos in these parts) are the social glue in San Sebastián, with options including the notable Bar Zeruko.

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World's Coolest Surf Towns

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