Every day that Alberto, our host, took us out sight-seeing, we ventured a little further out. Keep in mind that our perception of distance is very different from theirs where you can drive to the furthest border in less than two hours. So, June 9th, three days after our arrival, we headed West following the coast of the Mar Cantábrico, part of the Bay of Biscay, in medieval times known as el Mar de los Vascos--Basque Sea.
|El ratón de Getaria=The Watch Mouse|
Can you see the mouse-like shape of the peninsula to the right?
Zarautz is known for its beaches, the largest and longest in Gipuzkoa, 2.5 kilometers.
Conditions are ideal for water sports. Zarautz hosts the world championship in surfing as well as offering classes for beginners. Interestingly, weight lifting is big there too. An international event is held annually.
These are a few facts I have come across as I researched in an effort to sort through the photos we accumulated. The memories have become somewhat jumbled with time, or perhaps they always were. We were attempting to take in so much in so little time.
I will need help with this post as I want to share the photos and offer a guided tour such as we experienced it, but I am unable to label many of the photos with certainty. The following is what I seem to remember. Correct me if you know better.
I believe we walked from Zarautz on the promenade to Getaria, explored the town, walked past the church (seen in photo center above), stopped for lunch and later met up with Alberto's brother. (More about that in another post.)
There we met some Americans sailing the length of Northern Spain.
We came to a plaza with a statue of Getaria's most famous navigator--Juan Sebastián Elcano. He was Magellan's pilot and the first to circumnavigate the earth.
There was another monument further on.
Can you see what some pranksters did?
Getaria is known for its fishing industry.