The Basque Country, renowned for its lush landscapes and rugged coastlines, boasts the highest number of restaurants with three Michelin stars of any Spanish region. Near San Sebastian, I had the pleasure of staying at Akelarre, an ultra-contemporary cliffside property that offers breathtaking views. In the heart of the city, I visited one of Spain's most famous hotels, the Hotel Maria Cristina. Closer to Bilbao, I was among the first guests at Palacio Arriluce, a boutique hotel set within a beautifully renovated palace . . .

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