The beach and coastline of Getaria.

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This cobblestone village on the coast has much to recommend it, including excellent seafood restaurants, narrow atmospheric lanes sprinkled with shops and pintxos bars and one stellar museum dedicated to one of the giants of the fashion world.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Getaria attractions

1. Iglesia de San Salvador

0.03 MILES

With its unusual shape, sloping wooden floors, and nautical atmosphere, Getaria's striking 1397-built Gothic church is well worth a stop. Features worth…

2. Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa

0.16 MILES

Although Getaria is mainly about sun, sand and seafood, don't miss a visit to the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa. Local boy Cristóbal became a giant in the…

3. Iglesia de Santa María la Real

1.81 MILES

Part of the Museo de Arte e Historia de Zarautz, this impressive Gothic church dates from the 15th and 16th centuries. Note the magnificent Baroque…

4. Museo de Arte e Historia de Zarautz

1.82 MILES

Set in a 15th-century belltower – the oldest building in Zarautz – this small museum highlights a bit of the region's art and archaeology. Human skeletons…

5. Photomuseum

1.89 MILES

This museum explores the development of photography and moving pictures. Start up on the 4th floor and work your way downstairs, taking in displays on…

6. Algorri Interpretation Centre

2.59 MILES

A small museum tucked a few blocks from the river, Algorri gives an overview of the geological wonders at Zumaia's back door. Audiovisual displays chart…

7. Basque Coast Geopark

2.96 MILES

Running from Zumaia west to Deba and Mutriku, this narrow coastal strip encompasses meadows, forests, caves and, most importantly, 13km of dramatic cliffs…

8. Nautilus

9.36 MILES

This small museum displays some of the astonishing geological finds in the area, including fossils dating back 120 million years. It gives an eye-opening…