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For people planning Spain tours, there are a number of difficult decisions to make. With a long list of appealing cities to explore, it can be challenging to visit all of them. Though destinations like Madrid, Barcelona and Toledo often get the majority of attention, anybody taking a tour of Spain would be remiss if they did not visit the northern city of San Sebastian.
Situated on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, San Sebastian is among the most historic cities in the country. perhaps its most appealing characteristic, however, is its numerous beaches. There are many stunning sandy expanses to choose from, but La Concha stands above the rest. Unlike many of the other beaches in Spain, La Concha is located right next to the city and easy to get to, so you can spend the day lounging on the sunny shores and clean water before taking the short walk back to the city for some tapas.
Of course, the pristine beaches aren't the only aspect of San Sebastian that make it a staple of a tour of Spain. The city's lengthy history has also left it peppered with a number of buildings that date back centuries including the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd. Completed in 1897, the impressive building stands 246-feet tall at it's peak and is one of the most recognizable structures in the city.
History and natural beauty come together at San Sebastian, but a great way to end any time spent in this enclave of northern Spain is to visit its recently-revamped aquarium. The popular destination has everything from sharks to jellyfish to coral reefs and could serve as the perfect exclamation mark on the trip.
Look down in wonder at Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral from your glass-walled pod on the London Eye, then gaze out over the Louvre and the Champs-Elysees from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The scent of rich pine forests lingers in the breeze as the 13th-century ruins of Turaida Castle are revealed before your eyes in the lush Gauja River valley in a medieval sanctuary untouched by the march of time.
The aroma of dark roasted Viennese coffee hangs thick in the air as you tread the cobblestone laneways and bask in the elegant architecture, atmospheric cafes and refined restaurants in one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
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