More Basque Beach Towns: Zarautz and Getaria
About 15 minutes up the coast from San Sebastián is the coastal town of Zarautz (also the starting point of my Camino del Norte). Known for great surfing, the town swells with tourists during the summer. We were lucky to find parking in the free lot piled with cars parked haphazardly in the dirt.
Filippo went off to surf and I worked on my nearly non-existant tan. The beach’s jewel (besides beautiful water and green cliff views) are the blue green and white striped beach huts decorating the sand. The color added ambiance and made this beach worthy of dozens of photos.
Farther up along the promenade, I spent some moments watching young boys kick around a soccer ball and skater girls own the rink overlooking the sea. The summer crowds were fading here at the beginning of September; these were the locals living their last days of summer.
After some hours in Zarautz, we continued up the coast to Getaria. Hungry and exhausted from all the sun, we re-fueled with a few pintxos and I tried Txakoli, a white wine from the Basque Country for the first time. With steady sips I took in my surroundings— a narrow cobblestoned street vibrant with the color hanging laundry and wrought iron balconies—and in typical Basque fashion, the region’s signature flags imploring the return home of Basque prisoners.
We passed the cutest black lab in front of the church and after one, “ah beeeeello,” Filippo was in love. We followed the street to the harbor, stopped to savor the cuteness of it all and then followed the winding roads back to San Sebastián.