The sea has a very important weight in the history and landscape of the Basque Country. In fact, a visit to this autonomous community located in the north of Spain is already worth it to contemplate its beautiful fishing villages and its amazing natural landscapes. Of course, you know that Euskadi It has many other things to offer, especially its gastronomy, of which Basques are very proud, something that does not surprise us at all.
Today in Hard Hobbit To Break we move to the Basque Country to discover 10 essential places in the Basque Coast. Would you like to join us?
Santa Catalina lighthouse
First of all, we want to talk about the Santa Catalina Lighthouse, a center of interpretation of the navigation technique that allows visitors to learn the basic fundamentals of navigation from ancient times and put them into practice through a virtual boat trip. Also, from the terrace of the lighthouse you can see a wonderful sunset.
Basque Coast Geopark
We also want to talk about the Geopark of the Basque Coast, which goes from Zumaia to Mutriku. Here are the cliffs of the flysch, which are over 60 million years old. It is also worth discovering the port and the old town of Mutriku
This list could not be missed Urdaibai, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1984. It is a beautiful and varied natural space that is worth visiting for multiple reasons, such as discovering the spectacular marshes that form when the Oka river reaches Mundaka. In addition, here you can see birds that are very difficult to see in the rest of the peninsula. Among its many attractions, we also want to highlight its wonderful beaches and viewpoints.
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
Another place on the Basque Coast that is worth discovering is San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, a place located in the town of Bermeo. It's about a islet connected to the ground by a long and steep staircase, which has a picturesque hermitage on top.
If you have the possibility of traveling the Basque Country we recommend that you not miss Getaria, a villa medieval walled that sits on a hillside. This place is famous for being the birthplace of Juan Sebastián Elkano and Cristóbal Balenciaga.
The Bizkaia Bridge, which is located on the final section of the Ría de Bilbao, a few meters from its River mouth in the Cantabrian Sea. It is a bridge that connects Portugalete and Getxo, two charming towns.
As you may have imagined we are also going to talk about Donostia (San Sebastián). The well-known La Concha beach and its promenade stand out from this wonderful city, although you should know that it also has two other beautiful Beaches urban. Find out more about Donostia in our article “10 essential visits in San Sebastián”.
We also want to talk about Pasaia, a municipality that is located on the eastern coast of Guipúzcoa, a few kilometers from its capital. It is formed by four population centers: San Pedro and Donibane, two localities of flavor sailor; and Pasai Antxo and Trintxerpe, with a more urban atmosphere.
Txingudi Bay and Hondarribia
The Txingudi bay, which is located at the mouth of the Bidasoa river, is a space with personality own, in which the ocean, mountains and rivers meet. In addition, this corner has managed to preserve its natural and historical heritage. The town of Hondarribia stands out, offering magnificent views.
Plentzia and Gorliz Bay
Finally, we want to talk about the Gorliz and Plentzia beaches, which are located in a beautiful bay natural. The first one is extensive and safe, which is why it is highly frequented by families. The one in Plentzia, which is located near the town center, has a promenade. In addition, it is ideal for lovers of sports such as surfing, windsurfing or canoeing.
What is the Basque Country? | Travel Documentary (February 2021)
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