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  • Panoramic view of the fishing port in Getaria with the church of San Salvador in the background

This charming fishing village on the Cantabrian Sea is only 30 kilometres outside San Sebastián and is always a pleasure to visit . An interesting fact is that this is the birthplace of figures such as Juan Sebastián Elcano (the first man to circumnavigate the globe) and the couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga.Read more...

What to see Before recommending a route, here's another interesting fact. During the Middle Ages, the inhabitants of this town made their living by hunting whales, as ca be seen from its coat of arms. But back to the present day. A good idea is to take a stroll around the town to take in the mediaeval houses, the church of San Salvador, the harbour, and then go as far as the shrine of San Antón. The San Antón mount is known as the 'mouse of Getaria' on account of its shape. Find out more about the guided visits organised around the historic quarter of the town. If you go through the town you'll come to Askizu, where it's a good idea to take your camera as you'll be rewarded with spectacular views from the top of the mountain. Another highly recommended visit is to the museum dedicated to Cristóbal Balenciaga, where you'll have a close-up view of the outfits the designer created for celebrities like Grace Kelly. Beaches and ports. Active tourism The beaches of Malkorbe and Gaztetape are your best bet if you fancy a dip in summer, or if you want to try your hand at sports like sailing, kayaking… In addition to its fishing port, Getaria also has a full marina for you to enjoy. Gastronomy Getaria is well-known for its 'txakolí' wine. We recommend ordering it when eating at any of the harbourfront restaurants.

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