Top 10 Gipuzkoa

From Zarautz to Getaria

At two and half kilometres Zarautz boasts the longest beach in the Basque Country and one of the largest anywhere on the Cantabrian Sea.

When the waves are good, the beach is always packed with surfers and it was here in the 1960s that the sport first developed in the Basque Country. The Pro Zarautz, a classic trial on the European surfing circuit, is held here in April each year. From here, you can travel on to Getaria and enjoy a txakoli — a young white wine, which is an ideal accompaniment for seafood. Getaria is an enchanting little town. It is famous for its mouse-shaped peninsula, the Gothic church of San Salvador, its barbeque-grilled fish and some of its illustrious townspeople, particularly Juan Sebastián Elcano, the first seafarer to circumnavigate the globe; and the couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga. The Balenciaga museum contains an exceptional collection, with many of his brilliant creations.