Leaving Zumaia, we followed the coastal road for what seemed a short distance, probably 10 minutes, before arriving in the fishing town of 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.
Street vendors lined the walk ways selling tee shirts and souvenirs.
We followed the walkway to the top for the best views of the coast.
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.
Our visit to the Getaria would not be complete without checking out the Old Town,
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.
On 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.
,A long, wide promenade, with cafes and surf shops, frames the beach in Zarautz.
The 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.