tour guide
Ángel P Olivares Espinosa
24th December 2019

Discover more than its cliffs, Zumaia keeps natural treasures that are worth exploring and where you will not be overwhelmed by the massive flow of other tourists.

We will begin this succession of articles on the natural treasures of Urola Kosta focusing first on Zumaia. Founded in 1347 around an old monastery and hospital, Zumaia today is recognized for the incredible landscapes and cliffs that surround it. The flysch and the hermitage of San Telmo are its most recognized points, however it has other natural and historical treasures that few people know. Its cuisine around the octopus makes it unique, as does the txakoli that is produced in its rural surroundings. Zumaia houses the famous Itzurun beach, excellent for water sports such as surfing. Located within the Geoparke of the Basque Coast, this town is an excellent starting point to visit, among others, Algorri, the Elorriaga neighborhood in Deba and the Askizu neighborhood in Getaria.

Zumaia has been so successful recently as a tourist destination that the local government and the administration of the Geoparke of the Basque Coast have had to consider regulating the number of visits to certain places such as Algorri, famous cove where to go to see the cliffs with hundreds of other tourists It is already unpleasant. Other places that already have a massive flow of tourists are the town center, the source of San Juan and the hermitage of San Telmo. Faced with this situation and the wide range of interesting and little visited sites, it is important to explore them in order to know this destination without being overwhelmed with the presence of other visitors and without causing discomfort among residents.

Zumaia has other interesting places to visit, such as Talaimendi. From here you will get beautiful views of the town, the forest of San Miguel de Artadi, the mouth of the Urola River and the tops of Izarraitz.

Talaimendi, approximately 80 meters above sea level, offers one of the best views of the Cantabrian coast and without a doubt, the Geparke of the Basque Coast. This place formerly served as a surveillance point to spot the whales, but also for nationals during the civil war, who left their mark on their place of surveillance. From Talaimendi you can see the mouth of the Urola River, an important communication route from prehistory. The Urola estuary, like the Deba-Zumaia coastal section, is a protected biotope and keeps places worth visiting such as the Santiago dunes and the Bedua wetland, accessible places where you can get to know the flora and fauna within walking distance of the town .

Finally, the forest of San Miguel de Artadi, as its name Artadi indicates, is a holm oak of which few remain. This place that is located across the Urola estuary keeps one of the most important native forest masses in the Basque country and throughout the Cantabrian. Strolling through this forest is a pleasure throughout the year since the Oak does not lose its leaves during winter and thus maintains its beautiful greenery.