Although, I had only known my walking companions for a day, it felt much longer. Since we had met on the seaside trail above San Sebastián, we shared our own little adventure which included a few good laughs on and off the Camino del Norte. This day was enjoyable as we walked, had lunch in Orio, and experienced the first views of Zarautz together. I was glad to have the company of the ladies but I knew that if I wanted to complete the Camino del Norte in a reasonable time, I had to continue walking past the early afternoon.
I left my last post, On the Camino Del Norte in Spain, Orio to Zarautz, just after I said goodbye to the ladies who were off to the beach for a relaxing afternoon and evening. Now, let’s continue along the Camino to the Franciscan monastery, Convento de San Juan Bautista, which was founded by Zarautz native Don Juan de Manzisidor in the early 17th century. The Convento which houses a church, a convent, and a school, was renovated extensively over a period starting in 1959.
Zarautz dates to about 1237 when the Castilian kings made their way to the coastline and located settlements that earlier included nearby San Sebastián. The Iglesia de Santa María la Real was one of the earliest buildings in Zarautz, although much of what you see here dates to the 16th century and later. The doors were locked when I was there but I understand the retablo which dates to 1560 is quite beautiful. Also of interest to pilgrims, the church contains the Tomb of the Zarauz-Gamboa which reportedly has a scallop shell carved on the outside.
Now it’s time to visit the beach…
I don’t remember what this piece was called but thought it was interesting.
Shops, cafés, and apartments lined the promenade which was clean and well-taken care of.
Let’s continue the opposite way…
Far in the distance, about center-right, is the town of Getaria where we’ll visit very soon.
I was really hoping I wouldn’t have to climb the hill to Getaria and was happy that the Camino followed along the sea.
Let’s head back to the Camino, past these homes…
under this bridge…
to the 16th century Gothic Narros Palace where Queen Isabella II and Fabiola of Belgium spent many of their Summers.
The hill where I was not long before now looks so far! At 2.8 kilometers, Zarautz has one of the longest beaches in all of Spain.
Food is very important in Zarautz and it has many well-known restaurants. In fact, Zarautz doesn’t have one gastronomical society but many. These are called Txoko in Basque and traditionally, only open to males. Located on the edge of the town, Aiten-Etxe Restaurante de Zarautz specializes in meat and seafood.
The breakwater enclosure and tiny harbour for small vessels.
The Camino follows along a promenade adjacent to the Cantabrian Sea all the way to Getaria.
On my next post, On the Camino Del Norte in Spain, Zarautz to Getaria, we’ll follow that beautiful walk to the Basque seaside resort town of Getaria where I would make a decision that would result in a very long and exhausting day. Please join me.
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