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Top Choice Natural Feature in Bermeo

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

On the road between the small towns of Bakio and Bermeo is one of the most photographed features of the Basque coast: the small island of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. Attached to the mainland by a short causeway, this …
Top Choice Museum in Getaria

Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa

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 fashion world in the 1950s and '60s, and this impressive museu…
Top Choice Seafood in Lekeitio

Mesón Arropain

About 1km south of the centre, this attractive but easygoing restaurant serves up some of the best seafood for miles around. The chef lets the high-quality products speak for themselves in simple but beautifully pre…
Natural Feature in Zumaia

Basque Coast Geopark

Running from Zumaia west to Deb and Mutriku, this narrow coastal strip encompasses meadows, forests, and most importantly 13km of dramatic cliffs. The layered formations of Flysch deposits show 60 million years of e…
Cafe in Mutriku

Miruaitz Taberna

For a primer on the fascinating sport of Jai Alai, pay a visit to this little cafe next to the village fronton (Jai Alai court). Juanjo, a player in the former US pro teams, now coaches the next generation, while hi…
Island in Lekeitio

Isla de San Nicolás

One of the great attractions of Lekeitio is the rocky island, known in Basque as Garraitz, sitting just offshore of the main beach (Playa Isuntza). When the tides are low, a paved path appears, allowing visitors to …
Church in Getaria

Iglesia de San Salvador

With its unusual shape, sloping wooden floors, and nautical atmosphere, Getaria's striking 15th-century Gothic church is well worth a stop. Features worth noting include the gravestone of the great navigator Juan Se…
Basque in Bermeo

Artza

Everyone's favourite restaurant in town is this humble-looking, family-run eatery churning out mouth-watering plates of octopus, grilled tuna and skate. The marmitaco (a hearty fish soup) is outstanding. On busy sum…
Seafood in Getaria

Txoko Getaria

Overlooking the seaside, this breezy spot has earned many fans for its fresh sea bream, turbot and flounder – fired up on the grill out front. Fish aside, the seafood rices (particularly the aioli black rice with ca…
Village in Getaria

Getaria

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 …