The most beautiful coastal towns in the Basque Country

We cannot deny that we are completely in love with Basque Country, an autonomous community where we can find spectacular beaches surrounded by nature, examples of avant-garde architecture, one of the best gastronomies in the world, charming towns ...

Today we move to this area of ​​northern Spain to discover some of its towns prettier coastal. Of course, we apologize in advance for all those who have remained in the pipeline. Would you like to join us?


We want to start by talking about Elantxobe, which is located on the eastern slope of Cape Ogoño, in the province of Vizcaya. This fishing village with steep streets that end in a small port, where activity is concentrated fishery, houses beautiful buildings, such as the parish church Sn Nicolás de Bari, the result of donations from fishermen.


Bermeo is another fishing village that is worth knowing. Its port preserves the fishing spirit of yesteryear and its urban area houses important monuments, some of which have been declared of historical-artistic interest, such as the cloister of the church of San Francisco. You will love its lively street villa and, of course, its excellent restaurants.


In the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve we find Mundaka, a picturesque little town that can boast of being home to one of the longest left waves in the world. In fact, it is a famous destination for surf. Of course, beyond its waves, its picturesque port, the hermitage of Santa Catalina and the church of Santa María are worthwhile.


Pasaia, a town located on the eastern coast of Guipúzcoa, very close to its capital, could not be missing from this list. It is made up of four population centers located on rugged and mountainous terrain. We want to highlight Pasai Donibane, a town with a marine flavor, which houses an extensive cultural heritage, like the rest of the territory.


On the coast of Guipúzcoa we also find Getaria, a fishing town cradle of illustrious characters, such as Cristóbal Balenciaga or Juan Sebastián Elcano. Touring the town you will discover medieval houses, a nice walk to the lighthouse and the port, which has an excellent infrastructure for fishing and tourism. Special mention deserves the so-called Mouse of Getaria, a small peninsula that ends in the mount of San Antón.


We continue our tour of the most beautiful coastal towns in the Basque Country in Lekeitio, a town located at one end of the Bay of Biscay. Here you will find important jewels gothic up to wide beaches, passing through a farmhouse with a strong marine flavor. Separate mention deserves the island of San Nicolás, which can be accessed on foot at low tide.


As it could not be otherwise, we also want to talk about Hondarribia, known in Spanish as Fuenterrabía. With a long seafaring tradition, this town on the Gipuzkoan coast preserves a walled old town that is full of buildings stately and that it has been declared a Historic Artistic Monument. The Plaza de Armas, where the Emperor Carlos V's Castle is located, which today houses a Parador de Turismo, is also striking.


Finally, we want to talk about Zarautz, a town in Gipuzkoa that offers a wonderful beach and an interesting old town. In addition, its gastronomy is one of the most famous in the entire Basque Country. Today it is one of the main centers of attraction from the Basque Country. Many of its tourists are surf fans. In addition, here is the Hotel Restaurante Karlos Arguiñano, one of the most famous chefs in Spain.

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