Ruta Orio
Basque Coast Getaria   Orio   Zarautz   Aia   Zumaia


One of the most beautiful views of Orio, a picture-postcard that stays with anyone who visits, is the fishing boats lined up in the mouth of the Oria river, moored next to the town square where they are protected from the dashing waves of the sea. That sea supplies the entire region with choice seafood: anchovies, horse mackerel, bonitos, sea bass, squid, arrain tzikis (the local name for various small fish), hake, eels and, of course, sea bream. The latter is a timeless delicacy that has been honoured by three celebrated locals: in sculpture by Jorge Oteiza, in words by Anjel Lertxundi and in song by Benito Lertxundi. The trick is to eat them "Orio style": grilled and dressed with oil, vinegar, garlic and chilli, preferably right after following the footsteps of Oteiza to see the monuments he left in his home town, or visiting the beach, or enjoying impressive views of the steep medieval quarter, which is full of 16th century Renaissance buildings that once housed writers, sailors, nuns, captains, merchants and boat-builders.

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