Gipuzkoa includes 70 miles of coastline characterized by dramatic sea cliffs, beaches that brave the open waters of the Cantabrian Sea, and incredibly charming fishing villages. In fact, everything about these villages is delightful: the views, narrow streets, plazas, shops, restaurants and people. And all of it surrounded by the delicious flavours and aromas brought from the sea to the table.
The 16 beaches along the Basque Coast become a hive of activity during the summer months. The seaside promenades come alive with people of all ages, both locals and tourists alike, who take time off from their walks to enjoy an ice cream or a dip in the ocean. The beaches bustle with bathers and people who take to the waves on their surfboards. San Sebastian, Zarautz, Getaria, Deba and Mutriku are destinations for surfers from around the globe, whose impressive manoeuvres add to the thrill and beauty of the scenery.
An excellent plan for visitors of all types. Take a car tour of the villages along the Basque Coast. Wander the narrow cobblestone streets, take in the views from the many vantage points, breathe in the sea air at the fishing ports and enjoy a glass of txakoli wine on one of the historical town squares. If you want some spectacular seascape views, follow the N-634 road for sixty kilometres, with stops in Hondarribia, Pasai Donibane (Pasajes San Juan), Orio, Zarautz, Getaria, Zumaia, Deba and Mutriku.
Seafood for lunch… and you'll come back for more at dinner time. You'll wonder how such simple things can taste so delicious – salted anchovies, octopus, tuna olive oil, sea bream…The secret is in the sea, in the fresh ingredients, and in the expert hands that control the intensity of the embers under the grill, ensuring the perfect temperature. Don't forget to visit one of the many fish restaurants along the Basque Coast, particularly in the towns of Getaria, Orio and Hondarribia, where freshly caught fish is grilled whole on outdoor barbeques. And nothing better to wash a meal down than a glass of txakoli, a sophisticated crisp white wine that now caters to some of the world's most demanding palates. Txakoli has had its own designation of origin since 1987.
Explore Sieteplayas. A series of seven wild rocky coves in Mutriku, popular for both divers and nudists
Explore Santixo Beach. Located in Zumaia, Santixo is a wide beach with calm waters and the kid-friendly atmosphere.
A family beach with a large sandbank, ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Close by, Sorginetxe boasts one of the great Basque surfing waves.
Unique beach next to the charming port of Mutriku
Saturraran beach is one of the most photographed on the Basque Coast.
A beautiful family-friendly beach beside the fishing port in Getaria
Explore Gaztetape Beach. Small beach open to the Cantabrian Sea
Located in Orio, a quiet 3500-square- metre beach with plenty of space for sunbathing
The westernmost beach in Gipuzkoa sits on the mouth of the Bidasoa river.
This 2,500-metre beach is the longest beach in Gipuzkoa.
Charming family beach set against the backdrop of the spectacular vertical strata of the flysch.
This is a beautiful wild cove in Deba, off the road to Zumaia. It is a perfect place to admire the flysch landscape.
Located in Mutriku on the left bank of the river Deba.
The area features spectacular cliffs, protected beaches, and the seafaring towns of Zumaia, Deba and Mutriku.
Hondarribiko herria, Gipuzkoa ekialdean, Frantziako mugan, gipuzkoar kostaldeko itsas tradizio handieneko herrietako bat da.
Hop aboard a little boat that will ferry you across the beautiful bay to Pasai Donibane (Pasajes San Juan)
Eastern Basque Coast | Reservation Center
f we look towards the east, we will discover some magic places on our coast. In Pasajes we find Albaola- The Basque Maritime Factory where we have the opportunity to watch live at first-hand how they are building the replica of the Nao San Juan. Alongside this is the Mater Museum boat where we can learn about the life that our fishermen lead. Crossing the bay we will visit Pasai Donibane with its delightful historic old town, that is famous for its gastronomy.
Western Basque Coast | Reservation Center
On this coast we find the UNESCO Basque Coast Geo-park, where geology and Basque culture play the leading roles in a landscape that preserves the history of some of the most impressive episodes in the recent history of the earth and the life of its inhabitants. In Getaria you will be able to visit the Balenciaga Museum, and learn about the life and work of the brilliant fashion designer, Balenciaga.