Zumaia is one of the most beautiful sections of the Gipuzkoa coast located at the junction of the Urola and Narrondo rivers which creates a bay surrounded by green mountains. The town, with its narrow and steep streets, still retains its medieval layout. The main building in the East is the Iglesia Parroquial de San Pedro (8th century); a church-fortress built in a gothic style built during the Middle Ages. It is a building of great simplicity and beauty where you can find carvings and table pieces of extraordinary quality such as the altarpiece made by Juan de Anchieta, a Christ sculpture by Quintín de Torre, and a painting by Ignacio Zuloaga, which was a gift from the artist to the church. Behind the bars, there is an excellent votive table from the 15th century that was a gift from Juan Martínez de Mendaro, who captained a Castilian square against Gibraltar.
In front of the temple, you will find the Zumaia Jauregia, a four-floor tower of Medieval origin. This building was constructed by the Zumaia Gamboa family and it has withstood bloody battles against other groups from this region. Close by is the Casa de los Olazábal and a little past it, in the Mercado plaza, is the City Hall and the Carmelite Convent. You’ll also find the spectacular Palacio de Foronda, constructed at the beginning of the 20th century as a summer house and now serves as a Cultural Center.
Another must see in Zumaia is the Ermita de San Telmo, situated in the Itzurun beach, where the final scenes of the popular film Ocho Apellidos Vascos were filmed. From here, you can catch the beautiful views of the flysch. Flysch is the geological term that describes the emergence of the hard tectonic plates to the surface (formed by limestone or sandstone) attached to other soft (clay and loam) layers in a process that allows you to see the outer crust on the land. This beautiful natural phenomenon is located in the cliffs and beaches between Zumaia and Deba. There is also a 16th century chapel, originally the home of a Society of Merchants.
Zumaia Port with the Iglesia de San Pedro at the center
To enjoy the flysch, you can take a tourist boat that will make its way through the coast from the Zumaia port. You can also go up the hill to the San Telmo chapel where you can see a panoramic view of the geological formations. Finally, for a more complete understanding of the phenomenon, you can visit the Centro de Interpretación Algorri, located in the center of town.
Towards Getaria, next to Santiago beach, you can see the Museo Zuloaga (Zuloaga Museum), housed in the old estate of the painter, where you will find works of the artist Ignacio Zuloaga. The museum also has a Romanesque, 8th century chapel dedicated to Santiago Apóstol. Another Zumaia museum is the Casa-Museo de Julio Beobide, the famous sculptor.