When planning my trip to visit Lauren in Vitoria-Gasteiz in 2016 I considered traveling to another destination on my way to her place since it would be my second time in Vitoria and I had seen many of the sites. But Lauren reassured me that there were many amazing day trips from Vitoria and since Koldo had a car the three of us could also take a road trip to small towns that would be difficult to get to by bus. I was thrilled with this idea since exploring small, out-of-the-way towns are my favorite destinations and visiting more popular cities like Barcelona or Lisbon were places I could always get to easily on my own in the future.
So Lauren researched possible places we might travel to by car allowing me the luxury of sitting back and enjoying the ride when I arrived. She wanted to surprise me which was fine by me as it gave me a break from being the intense planner that I tend to be.
Our 3-day road trip began on the Friday before Easter. We headed north toward the Basque coast arriving in Zumaia in about an hour. The cafes along the waterfront were buzzing with other holiday travelers.
to the Cantabrian Sea where steep cliffs and diagonal rock formations defined the Itzurun beach. It was chilly, cloudy and lovely.
We climbed up a road passing by San Telmo hermitage,
then followed a path down the steep hill for spectacular views.
The Flysch rock formations are unusual and geologists from all over come to study them. I had noticed similar geology in San Sebastian.
After taking in all the wonderful scenery and fresh sea air we headed back into town for lunch. As we approached the Old Town we first saw the Church of San Pedro, a Gothic church dating back to the 13th Century.
The church was closed but interesting to look at from the outside.
It was a party in the Old Town; people spilling into the streets enjoying wine and pinxtos. Somehow we found a table inside.
I found Zumaia to be a lovely seaside town in a beautiful location. If I were to return I would take a longer hike on the trails along the cliffs.
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