This morning we set off from Zarautz, after a banana sandwich for breakfast, to the seaside town of Deba, around 21 km away. Another beautiful day for walking. Both our rhythm and stride are okay although blisters struck Ann. Setting off early, we soon made our way out of Zarautz and climbed steadily up to San Barbara.
As we gained height the views became quite spectacular and we could see great stretches of coastline spreading out before us. The first settlement we came too was Getaria, renowned for its fishing, especially anchovies. Gataria was home to Juan Sebastian Elcano, the first man to sail around the world.
From Getaria we ascended Askizui and followed the track, which hugged the coastline, affording more stunning coastal views, until dropping down to sea level once more at Zumaia.
Along the way we met up with Irene and Sofia and as we left Zumaia, and what seemed like unending up, up, up we reunited with Eric and Lill. We stopped in a grassy field where we had our lunch, took off our boots and relaxed for 30-40 minutes.
It was extremely hard to get going but once over Itziar it was all downhill into Deba where we booked into our Pension. In all, apart from Ann’s blisters, it was a corker day. We met up again with Eric and Lill and enjoyed drinks and nibblies on the beach until it was time for dinner. Such a hard life!