Privileged places in The Basque Country coast
SAN SEBASTIAN IS A BEAUTIFUL CITY ……
Neverheless The Basque country has other privileged places. There is no doubt that Donosti is a spectacular city, with its old part, the bars with their counters of exquisite “pintxos”, its fantastic urban beach of “La Concha”, the beach of Gros where surfers are frequent. But we want to propose and invite you to know what you should not miss and that are the authentic signs of the Basque character. There is nothing better to know the roots of a people, with their traditions, their language, their character, their daily life than visiting their small towns where people take care of their professional work.
The typical Basque fishing villages on the shores of the Cantabrian Sea have been for years the main source of the local economy. From the first references to the fishing of the whale, dating from the year 670, to the period of greatest activity that took place during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the Basque whalers have been covering the different seas from the Cantabrian Sea to those located more North: North Sea, Iceland and Newfoundland. In the current times the fishing activity continues, but in a more artisanal way and with other different species.
In the old historic centers of these towns, the traditional Basque cuisine is present in the many restaurants, many of them near the fishing ports where the fish landed. The sensational raw material of different types of fish, together with a prodigious technique of handling the parrila makes the dishes presented exquisite and with authentic flavors
Special mention for the great atmosphere of its streets are the villas of Orio, Getaria, Deba, Lekeitio, Bakio, all located next to the Cantabrian Sea.
The best way to know and become aware of the daily life of the people, to relate to their people is to cross them and cross them by bicycle. This means of transport, sustainable and respectful with the environment, provides autonomy and a certain speed of displacement, as well as integrating fully into the landscape and rural environment. With this independence offered by the bicycle, each one decides freely where to stop: from contemplating how a traditional fishing boat is unloaded, with the fish collected the last two days, stopping to bathe in any of its beaches, where the temperature of the sea reaches 22 degrees in summer, to visit the small historical centers or even have a glass of “Txakoli” accompanied by an exquisite pintxo of bonito encebollado.
All these experiences and many more are possible to perform quietly walking the Basque coast in a healthy, economic, and being respectful of nature and establishing a relationship and empathy with the Basque people