Surroundings / Zumaia
Zumaia (Gipuzcoa) is a small town located at the coastline of the Basque Country, close to San Sebastian. It is located on the shores of the Cantabrian Sea, providing a nice scenery to surf. The Urola and Narrondo rivers converge also in Zumaia, creating a perfect setting where you can practice stand-up paddle surfing.
Zumaia has three beaches; the two most special beaches are, the beach of Itzurun, and the one of Algorri, which are well known by geologists because they are situated among the longest set of continuous rock strata in the world. Known locally as the ‘Flysch’, these rocks date from the mid-cretaceous period to the present, a time period of over 100 million years.
The other beach is the beach of Santiago, formed at the mouth of Urola on the right bank of the estuary, which offers a wonderful space for stand-up paddle surfing. It is a low beach formed by dunes, where marshland areas are visible.
In gastronomy, the octopus and Zumaia have a special connection. Since the creation of the town, there has been and still is a tradition of fishing octopus, and that is how the octopus has become a tradition and the essence of the town. Although octopus is cooked in several different ways, the most special dish in Zumaia is the Octopus Soup.