Zumaia and the coast through the eyes of Elkano

Aug 02, 2022

Juan Sebastian Elkano was the first person to circumnavigate the world. The sailor from Getaria accomplished an immense feat: not only was he the first, he did it within three years, over which time he experienced both adventures and misfortunes. The year was 1522 and since then many other stories have taken place along the Urola coast. However, it all stems back to the legacy of Elkano.

And the best way to discover this legacy is via the Territorio Elkano initiative. Through guided boat trips you can learn more about the Elkano era – as well as finding out more about the history of the local economy, including fishing, ironworks and shipyards. Crossings can be made from Zumaia, Getaria or Orio, and the three towns can be reached via one-way or return journeys. Check your calendar and make sure to keep it clear, as the crossing can only be made on Wednesdays and Sundays in July and August.

Likewise, to make the most of the Territorio Elkano project, many other experiences have been prepared, combining the region's gastronomy, culture and leisure options. Come and we’ll provide you with all the information you need to enjoy a visit that suits your needs.
In addition, if you want to learn about the history and curiosities of our town, you can do so thanks to the Zumaia Tourist Office, which has organised guided tours of the Brotherhood and the Hermitage of San Telmo. You can visit the Brotherhood on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, and the Hermitage on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 10.30am to 12.30pm. The visits are short and can be conducted in both Basque and Spanish. Each visit costs 1.50 euros.

This summer, there endless ways to discover the history of Zumaia, its coast and Elkano. Come and follow in Elkano's footsteps to get a glimpse of our coastlines and customs!