Posted by: Debra Kolkka | July 4, 2018

Something in the water

Getaria is a gorgeous little town clinging to the edge of the Bay of Biscay in Basque Country. This tiny seaside town in northern Spain is the birthplace of 2 of Spain’s most famous sons.

We arrived by bus from nearby San Sebastián (just 25 kilometres away) on a lovely spring day. The historic centre sits between the mainland and San Anton, which was an island until the 16th century.

Getaria

Getaria

Getaria

San Anton is called the Mouse of Getaria because of its shape. (You might need to squint to see that) It is now a national park with lots of walking trails, which will have to wait until our next visit.

Getaria

We wandered down the Main Street, Nagusia Kalea, looking for a late breakfast. Turn right at the boat.

Getaria

Getaria

We found a cute bar with some delicious breakfast pintxo.

Getaria

We were just about the only ones around. It was a Sunday and people were not out and about yet.

Getaria

There are several old buildings in the street. This one dates from the 16th or 17th century, although the washing is more recent.

Getaria

Getaria

The church of San Salvador is wedged into the end of the street. It was originally built into the defensive wall surrounding the town. It was begun in the late 15th century.

The streets around the church are extremely narrow making it difficult to get a view from a distance.

Getaria

The interior is quite strange. The floor is on an incline as it follows the line of the rock it is built on.

Getaria

The street continues through a tunnel beneath the church.

Getaria

On the other side is the pretty harbour. Fishing is one of the main industries in Getaria.

Getaria

Getaria

Getaria

Beside the port is a great little shop selling local products, including the local wine, txakoli.

Getaria

There is a good beach in the harbour, which had attracted a few swimmers.

Getaria

There are a few restaurants looking over the water specialising in freshly caught fish grilled over hot coals. Of course we had to try it.

All of the outdoor tables were booked and we managed to get the last indoor table in Mayflower and we were very pleased we did. The fish is possibly the best grilled fish I have ever eaten. It was simply cooked with olive oil and garlic…delicious. I also have developed a taste for grilled peppers.

After lunch we walked back to the bus stop via the main street which had become very busy. This is the scene in front of our breakfast spot.

There was a celebration underway as we were leaving.

Getaria

Getaria is a delightful little town. There are some interesting shops, great food and it has a wonderful atmosphere…a lovely way to spend a Sunday.

Getaria

I will tell you about Getaria’s famous sons in the next couple of posts.


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  1. Great post Deb – your posts are so informative

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    • Thank you. I like writing about the places we visit.

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  2. What a lovely way to spend a Sunday!

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  3. Simply perfect. Great and accurate description and beautiful photos.

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  4. Hi Debra , I’ve been following your blog since 2012 when I met you at the cafe across from your beautiful home on the bridge. My husband and I will be in Piedmont in Sept for 11 days . We have 4 nights booked in Nieve to see the wine area and then want to drive north to the mountain and lakes region. Do you have any recommendations. ? A village/ town like Avigliana or Ivrea or the city . I read your post on Turin , it sounded interesting also. A lot of the places I have searched have really basic accom and I would like some with a bit of wow factor.
    Thanks
    Donna ( a fellow QLD er)

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    • I have not been to either of these towns so I can’t recommend anywhere to stay there, but if you go to Lake Como I can suggest Villa Cipressi in Varenna. It is gorgeous, on the lake with lovely views and there is a gorgeous garden nearby which you can pay to see. I can’t remember the name, but I have written about it. If you look for Lake Como you should find it.

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