The historic center of Mutriku, declared a Monumental Complex in 1995, still retains the flavour of its past with its narrow, steep streets. Its main monument is the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, one of the best examples of Neoclassical, Guipúzcoa architecture.
Beginning our journey on top of the old village, we will find a neoclassic temple designed by the celebrated architect Silvestre Pérez, constructed at the beginning of the 19th century. It has a Greek cross and is built with masonry. Its facade, structured as a Greek pediment with six columns opening up to a grand stair case. Inside, it exhibits various canvases, on which are scribed details of the life of Christ as well as a crucified Christ of Francisco of Zurbarán. The City Hall, in the same Churruca plaza, is one of the most emblematic buildings in town, built in 1731. The prodigal son of the village, Cosme Damián Churruca, also has a statue in the center of this space.
In front of the city hall, you will find the Palacio Galdona, an ancestral home from the 17th century. At its side is the Tourism Office, also built in the 17th century. Continuing through the Conde de Motrico street, we can appreciate the Casa natal de Churruca and the Palacio del Conde de Motrico. Continuing, we can follow the Atxintxin street through San Mikolla to arrive at the Santa Águeda ruins. Halfway through Erdiko Kalea, you can appreciate the Palacio Zabiel, a building from the 16th century that has been restored as a cultural house.
From the Abajo Plaza, you can head under the arc to the Modesto Churruca path, ending in a lookout over the harbour and the beach. Returning to the edge of the harbour you can pass through the Fishermen’s Associations, the Torre de Berriatua, or Sulengua, arguably some of the oldest buildings in town and some of the only survivors of the 1553 fire. Another example of architectural quality is the Antigua Lonja (old market), home of the first association of fishermen and current Social Marine institute, which still maintains its Gothic-Rennaisance style of its origins. Nearby, in the center of Barrenkale, is the Palacio Olazarra-Mizkia, of the 17th century, decorated with beautiful wrought iron balconies and a coat of arms on its facade.
In the Astigarribia neighbourhood is the Iglesia de San Andrés, from the end of the 11th century, one of the oldest buildings in Guipúzcoa. Its inside contains a Visigoth horseshoe window which proves the age of the entire building.
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción
Cultural lovers can also visit two interesting museums related to the sea: Bentalekua, which explains the relationship between the village and the sea, especially through its auction market, and Museo Nautilus, which exhibits paleontological samples collected in the black flysch in Mutriku.
A few kilometres to the west is the magnificent Saturrarán beach, which is well worth a visit or a day off in the sand.
Mutriku also forms part of the Basque Coast Geopark, where you can see the breathtaking flysch, Karst valleys, and other places of interest such as Astigarribia, Olatz, etc. If you want to enjoy the nature and the geologic phenomenon, we recommend checking out La Ruta del Flysch.