On to Getaria and Zarautz

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Getaria Harbor

Leaving Zumaia, we followed the coastal road for what seemed a short distance, probably 10 minutes, before arriving in the fishing town of Getaria.

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The harbor in Getaria

Like Zumaia it was very busy, but luckily we found a parking space at the harbor where red and green fishing boats adorned the sheltered waters.

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Umbrellas for sale

Street vendors lined the walk ways selling tee shirts and souvenirs.


View of Malkorbe Beach

We followed the walkway to the top for the best views of the coast.


Panoramic view of the harbor.


Monument to Juan Sebastián Elcano

Monument to Juan Sebastián Elcano

Getaria is known for being Juan Sebastián Elcano’s hometown, a seaman well-known for being the first man to circumnavigate the globe in 1522.  There is a monument honoring him and his crew located above the harbor.  The large figure at the top of the monument was sculptured by Vitorio Macho.

Names of the crew sailing with Elcano

Names of the crew members who sailed with Elcano.

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Main Street Nagusia Kalea

Our visit to the Getaria would not be complete without checking out the Old Town,

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Main Street Nagusia Kalea

where we enjoyed a cafe con leche and people watched on the main street Nagusia Kalea.

And a quick tour of the church of San Salvador before getting back on the road to our final destination Ciboure, a small coastal French Basque town.

#1IMG_8360FullSizeRender_2On our way we approached the surfing town of Zarautz, and being a surfing fan I was thrilled when Koldo pulled into a parking spot for one last stop before crossing the French border.  It was just a short walk to the beach.

#1IMG_3343b Zarautz FullSizeRender,A long, wide promenade, with cafes and surf shops, frames the beach in Zarautz.

#1IMG_3350 Zarautz FullSizeRender_1#2IMG_8364FullSizeRender_3Zarautz has the longest beach on the Spanish Basque coast, 2.4 km.

#2IMG_8367bThe surf was high enough for a couple dozen surfers although it was cloudy and cool discouraging sunbathers and swimmers.  We were there in late March but in the summer Zarautz gets very crowded and sunny.

#2IMG_8370 FullSizeRender_4Zarautz has a super chill vibe similar to most surfing towns.

#2IMG_8372 FullSizeRender_5#1IMG_8371 Zarautz FullSizeRender_1The surprise stop in Zarautz was a treat before getting back on the road.

Next post: The French Basque Coast: Ciboure and St. Jean de Luz




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