For many pilgrims, Zarautz is a logical choice for their second night on the Camino del Norte. If you have time, spend a few hours or even a day. I was surprised how modern and touristy the Basque town was. I think many of us gravitate toward the beach but make sure you explore the downtown too. As for me, I had my sights on Deba for my second night. It was a strenuous 22 kilometers away which I don’t recommend on the second day, especially for an out-of-shape pilgrim like I was!
I left my last post, A Walk in Zarautz, Spain – On and Off the Camino Del Norte, just on the outskirts of Zarautz. Now, let’s continue along the Cantabrian Sea for a scenic, and I must add, very flat, walk to Getaria.
An interesting sculpture along the route.
Looking back at Zarautz. The hill at the center-right, where I had been only a couple of hours earlier, now looks so far (I know I said that from Zarautz but now it REALLY looked far!)
My immediate destination of Getaria is in the center. San Antón Mountain is on the right. It’s difficult to see here but there is a lighthouse on the right peak of the mountain. San Antón Mountain is affectionately known as the Mouse of Getaria due to its peculiar shape. From this angle, it looks more like a hedgehog to me. Originally, San Antón Mountain was an island but the harbour was filled to join the mainland.
The rocky Basque shoreline.
The one lane tunnel for the highway leaving Getaria.
I’m not sure what these birds are. If you know, please leave a comment below.
Malkorbe Beach is prominent on this side of Getaria. Gaztetape Beach is another sandy beach on the West side of town.
Loved houses with flowers and vines.
I have no idea if this is a palace or a hotel but wouldn’t mind spending a night here (or a month). I’ll take the top floor.
Malkorbe Beach is 420 meters in length and can get very busy. The 14th century Church of San Salvador is in the center. The highest tower is the Tower of the Inquisition which took 230 years to build. Five years after its completion, lightening struck and destroyed the top of the tower.
Steep cliffs with a stone bridge above the beach. On the right is…
Monument Juan Sebastian Elcano.
Basque explorer, Juan Sebastián Elcano, was born in Getaria in 1476. He was famed for completing the Magellan-Elcano expedition in 1522 which was the first circumnavigation of the Earth. The monument dates to 1922, the 400th anniversary of the circumnavigation, however, it wasn’t completed until later in the 20th century. Let’s take a closer look…
The statue is actually a replica of “Nike of Samothrace” with the head of Elcano.
Sadly, Juan Sebastián Elcano died at sea during the Loaísa Expedition in 1955. Getaria has two other statues to commemorate perhaps its most famous citizen.
Please join me on my next post, On the Camino Del Norte in Spain, Getaria to Zumaia, as we continue through Getaria and before I would encounter a roller coaster of ups and downs on the way to Deba where I would stay the night.
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