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