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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.

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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.

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Pintxos de croquetas

Pintxos de croquetas

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That's País Vasco.

That’s País Vasco.

Names of prisoners most likely from this town.

Names of prisoners most likely from this town.

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9 Comments Post a comment
  1. …LOVELY–I really must see more of the Basque Country!!…

    October 15, 2014
  2. Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing some of your Spain adventures, this is an area of the country that I would love to explore some more (the Camino gave me a taste, but it wasn’t enough!!)

    October 15, 2014
    • Hi Nadine! Yes, the Camino was just a little snack of Pais Vasco. If you’re up for a challenge, try the Camino de Norte. My post on that is coming soon….

      October 22, 2014
  3. Zarautz is one of my favorite cities in Spain! When I visited Spain for the first time about 10 years ago, I stayed there while exploring Bilbao and San Sebastian. It was April, so not exactly beach weather, but I still loved the town. I fondly remember the skatepark as it’s where I had one of my first true interactions speaking Spanish. I spoke with a young boy and asked if I could try his skateboard. He let me and we spoke for a few minutes while he laughed at my attempt to skateboard. Now that I’m living in La Rioja, I’m hoping to get back and visit most of the Basque country.

    October 15, 2014
    • Haha Mike! I love that story. Speaking Spanish with little kids is the best! Zarautz is so cute…. especially when it’s warm. Hope that you can get back up there. I was going to go to La Rioja last weekend when I was back in San Sebastián, but went up to France instead. I hope to make it back there this fall.

      October 22, 2014
  4. Norma Miller #

    My fine wine and spa trip will definitely include this. Your only young once enjoy it while you can. We will all need golf carts. Check out any good spas or paradores. Love Normita

    October 22, 2014
    • Normita!! Thanks for reading. I always get excited when you comment. If my budget allowed for it, I would be doing all your research. When is this trip happening by the way?

      October 22, 2014

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