Getaria…Costa Vasca

Getaria is a wee fishing village that is an easy coastal drive of about 25km to the west of San Sebastián. It, too, has a Parte Vieja (Old Section) though measurably smaller in size and buzz factor than San Sebastián which actually was a bit of a relief. It is a real fishing village with a small fleet of medium to small sized boats that chug off into the Atlantic waters, weather permitting, and return laden with piscine delicacies.

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Getaria from the top of El Ratón

Though we were not pintxo’d out by a long shot, we decided to indulge in a dinnertime splurge with a serious sit down meal at Restaurant Iribar. Several of the old town restaurants, including Iribar, featured outdoor charcoal grills which, like the smell of a bakery, just plainly suck you in. We opted for an all fish sequence of dishes, starting off with an amazing plate of grilled squid (Chipirónes a la Plancha), followed by the grilled octopus (pic below) & capped off with Hake (La merluza). Our pintxos-sized stomachs were a bit strained but happy with this estupendo! meal.

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Grilled Octopus – Polpo a la Placha

Getaria is also the home of a regional vino called Txcholina, or more affectionately called Txakoli (pronounced chak-ol-lee). It is a very dry white wine, low in alcohol and perfecto with pintxos & seafood. The traditional serving modus operandi, to add a bit of drama, is to pour it from a decent height, pretty much arm’s length, which seems to add a nip of fizz. The vines cover many of the steep hillsides surrounding Getaria, visible in all directions from the peak of El Ratón
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Costa Vasca – Getaria from El Ratón
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