Discover the Basque Country

Zumaia

In the typical drizzle and burst of sunshine of the Basque Country, Zumaia stands out between the tranquil green hills and crashing waves, as its world-famous rock flysch slices out of the coast like huge stone shards.  Geologists, surfers and foodies will all find a reason to love this little port town, as well as those passing through on the paths of St. James and “Ocho Apellidos Vascos”*.

In Zumaia, a sweet chapel overlooks the fossil-filled flysch and the wedge-shaped wave that has produced professional body boarders.   From the town, a great surf spot and an up-close encounter with the flysch is only a two-minute boat ride or a short drive and a kilometer walk away.  Be sure to wear water shoes and be careful of the changing tide.  But all warnings aside, it’s a wonderful place!

  •  the recent Spanish movie “Eight Basque Surnames”

Photos, Video & Words by Jonathan & Sarah McCallum

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