You can choose between leaving Zarautz through the traditional, interior route or reach Getaria by the seaside, a very nice walk. If you choose the official route, just follow the signs, you will go up to Santa María la Real, past the chapel of Santa Bárbara and on top of the mountain you must not take the short-cut, otherwise, you will miss Getaria.READ MORE
This is a fishing village where you can find the church of San Salvador, erected in the 15th century, and the tomb of Juan Sebastián Elcano, the first seafarer to sail around the world. Fashion designer Balenciaga was also born here and there is a museum with some of his works.
From the plaza del Ayuntamiento you climb to the village of Askizu and from there you descend to the harbour of Zumaia. You cross the River Urola and then the footbridge over the River Narrondo. In Zumaia, you can visit the Museo Zuloaga and the church of San Pedro. Once again, you leave this village through the Plaza del Ayuntamiento past the chapel of Arritokieta, then climb to Elorriaga, where you can take a rest.
You once again have to go up and down until you reach Itziar, already in the municipality of Deba. There are 3 kilometres between the two villages ending in a sharp descent leading to the wonderful shrine of Santa María la Real, a National Monument.
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What to do and see in Deba?
“Strolling in this peaceful and charming coastal village is a good way to end this long stretch. There are two beaches: one of white sand and another of dark sand, both of them great for a swim. There is a small fishing harbour at the mouth of the ria where eels are fished. There are also small taverns with pintxos and the possibility of going to a sea-water spa to finish the day”.