The sea has a very important weight in the history and landscape of the Basque Country. In fact, the visit to this autonomous community located in the north of Spain is already worth it to contemplate its beautiful fishing villages and its amazing natural landscapes. Of course, you already know that the Basque Country has many other things to offer, especially its gastronomy, of which Basques are very proud, something that does not surprise us at all.
Today at Vuela Viajes we are moving to Euskadi to discover 10 essential places on the Basque Coast . Would you like to join us?
Santa Catalina Lighthouse
First of all, we want to talk about the Santa Catalina Lighthouse, an interpretation center for the navigation technique that allows visitors to learn the basic fundamentals of navigation since ancient times and put them into practice through a virtual boat trip. In addition, from the terrace of the lighthouse you can see a wonderful sunset.
Geopark of the Basque Coast
We also want to talk about the Basque Coast Geopark, which goes from Zumaia to Mutriku. Here are the cliffs of the flysch, which are more than 60 million years old. It is also worth discovering the port and the historical center of Mutriku
Urdaibai could not be missing from this list, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1984. It is a beautiful and varied natural area that is worth visiting for many reasons, such as, for example, discovering the spectacular marshes that form upon arrival. the Oka River to Mundaka. In addition, here you can see birds that are very difficult to see in the rest of the peninsula. Among its many attractions, we also want to highlight its wonderful beaches and viewpoints.
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
Another place on the Basque Coast that is worth discovering is San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, a place located in the town of Bermeo. It is an island linked to land by a long and steep staircase, which has a picturesque hermitage at the top.
If you have the possibility of traveling to the Basque Country, we recommend that you do not miss Getaria, a walled medieval town that sits on a hillside. This place is famous for being the birthplace of Juan Sebastián Elkano and Cristóbal Balenciaga.
Nor could the Bizkaia Bridge be missing from the list, which is located on the final stretch of the Bilbao Estuary, a few meters from its mouth in the Cantabrian Sea. It is a bridge that connects Portugalete and Getxo, two charming towns.
As you may have imagined, we are also going to talk about Donostia (San Sebastián). Of this wonderful city, the well-known La Concha beach and its promenade stand out, although you should know that it also has two other beautiful urban beaches . Find out more about Donostia in our article "10 essential visits in San Sebastián".
We also want to talk about Pasaia, a municipality that is located on the eastern coast of Guipúzcoa, a few kilometers from its capital. It is made up of four population centers: San Pedro and Donibane, two towns with a seafaring flavor; and Pasai Antxo and Trintxerpe, with a more urban atmosphere.
Bay of Txingudi and Hondarribia
The bay of Txingudi, which is located at the mouth of the Bidasoa River, is a space with its own personality , where ocean, mountains and rivers meet. In addition, this corner has managed to preserve its natural and historical heritage. The town of Hondarribia stands out, offering magnificent views.
Bay of Plentzia and Gorliz
Finally, we want to talk about the beaches of Gorliz and Plentzia, which are located in a beautiful natural bay . The first of them is extensive and safe, so it is very frequented by families. The one in Plentzia, which is located near the town center, has a promenade. In addition, it is ideal for lovers of sports such as surfing, windsurfing or canoeing.