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2019 #BasqueCountry | Zumaia

Updated: Jan 8, 2020

Zumaia is a small picturesque town located on the Bascque coast, just in a 5 min driving from Getaria. The town has two beaches Itzurun and Santiago, which are of interest to geologists because they are situated among the longest set of continuous rock strata in the world. Known locally as the "flysh" they date from the mid-cretaceous period to the present, a time period of over 60 million years. The strata stretches between the towns and beaches of Deba and Getaria, with Zumaia lying in the middle.

The history of #Zumaia town started in 13th century, when the villa was created as surrounding of the Monastery of Santa Maria. In the 16th century, Zumaia relied on 136 houses, 70 of them distributed among six streets that existed inside the wall, and the remaining ones dispersed by three neighborhoods that were staying out of the wall. With the pass of centuries, has brought logically many changes also in the urban development as well as in the customs and way of living of citizens. The majority of the first inhabitants of the villa were devoted to agriculture, though grouping in the same place accelerated the appearance of some professional and industrial activities. By the end of the 14th century ships were constructed in the river, many people were devoted to fishing and navigation.

Now it's a modern small town with around 10 000 habitants, beautiful architecture and nice seaside promenade, where I highly recommend to walk especially at the sunset, to enjoy the calmness and peacefulness of this place.

The lighthouse of Zumaia

I was walking along the seaside and, after passing by the lighthouse, continuing on the pier, where the best views to Atlantic ocean can be seen.

You can easily walk on the top level of the pier, it's quite wide and comfortable, just of course be careful and watch your steps, there are red lines on the edges everywhere. Certainly, if weather conditions are super bad, like strong wind and huge waves making it's dangerous to walk, then it's absolutely not suggested to step onto the pier. But in normal weather conditions it's a pleasant way.

The best view of #Zumaia town is from the pier.

On the one side the big waves from open ocean are breaking on the pier stones...

...and on another side, in the lagoon part, at the same time the water is calm and quiet like a sleeping baby.

Kayaking is a very popular sport here.

The light at the end of the pier is for boats coming back from open ocean, to show them the right direction to the harbour.

On the other side you can watch the road along the coast, leading to Getaria village.

The pier is multi-layered, so everyone can enjoy walking on the different floors.

Santiago beach looks nice even in the rainy cloudy weather with this awesome turquoise water color.

Zumaia is a very nice small town, don't miss a chance to visit it and to see Ruta del Flysh as well.

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