On May 3rd, we drive from Hondarribia to Bilbao. We stop in Getaria. It is a small town perched on a rock.
The gothic church San Salvador is from the 14th century. Inside you have to walk uphill to reach the choir – on the rock, it was not possible to build a church with a flat floor. This is the view of the windows.
Getaria is the center of Txakoli wine growing.
Txakoli is the grape of the Basque Country. I buy a bottle in a small shop.
The shop also sells tins with seafood or other regional products – this is an old tradition here.
Two important men are from Getaria, the first Born in the 16th century, the second in the 19th century. The first is Juan Sebastián Elcano who joined Magellan on his first round the world tour in 1515. It was him who completed the tour, after Magellan had died on the Philippine islands. The second man is Cristobál Balenciaga, the famous fashion designer from the 1920’s to the 1960’s. His work is on display in a modern building in Getaria. I am impressed. His creations are straightforward and look wearable to me. He makes the material flow. He started with waisted lines – all close to the body.
More and more his creations became less waisted. In the sixties, he designed straight dresses (white dress) or “remodelled” the body (black dress).
After the museum, we continue our way along the wild coast, just amazing.
Then the road takes us into the mountains and we cross one industrial village after the next. I start to understand that the Basques are industrious.
We arrive in Bilbao and look forward to discovering this lively city.