is a small villa hotel in the port-side area of Getxo. The rooms are all decorated 1920s-style and the suites have sea views. From £138 (hotelembarcadero.com) Zortziko is acknowledged as Bilbao’s best restaurant and the hushed, plush dining-room.
The Basque port city – known as the “Liverpool of Spain” – was in post-industrial decline ... to Algorta in the seaside suburb of Getxo (€1.80 single; metrobilbao.eus). Here you’ll find a tiny but oh-so-cute fishing village, a lively beach.
ancient taverns and restaurants that give the Basque region its renowned gastronomic status, we sample pintxos for lunch – irresistible, bite-size tapas, as delightful to look at as they are to eat. I am hungry too to know more of northern Spain.
Then it is onto the stunning city of Copenhagen (Denmark), which has something for everyone, from the fun-filled Tivoli Gardens to the former sailors’ district of Nyhavn, with gabled houses and outdoor restaurants ... onwards to Getxo (Spain), for.