Getaria is a small fishermen's town in the spanish side of the Basque Coast, in the province of Gipuzkoa, 20 min. from San Sebastian and just 1 hour from Bilbao and its Guggenheim Museum, or the famous resort of Biarritz, in the french side of the Basque Coast.
It is located on the spot of a natural cape, the San Anton mountain, also known as the Mouse of Getaria, because of its obvious shape. The fishermen's port and the traditional steppy medieval streets combine with the two beaches (one is a surfing spot) and a leisure port.
Known since the 13th century, Getaria has a magnificient Gothic church, located just in from of Restaurant Iribar. Visiting Getaria you feel history alive around you. This is the place where Juan Sebastian Elcano, the first man to sail around the Globe (after Magellan died in the journey), was born.
Another illustrous son of the town is Cristobal Balenciaga, the dress designer, one of creators of Parisian haut-couture style in 20th century... A museum dedicated to Balenciaga will open in Getaria soon.
Getaria is just one single worthy place to visit in the Basque coast. Fortunately, the Basque Country is full of such pleasant locations.