Lekeitio: One of the Most Beautiful Places I’ve Ever Been

Tucked away in the emerald hills of Spain’s Basque Country is a cluster of red-roofed buildings set in stark contrast against a teal sea. Lekeitio; a village of around 8,000 during the quieter winter months, and 30,000 when the population explodes in the summertime with Europeans coming to enjoy the beautiful beaches and world-famous Basque cuisine.

Lekeitio is the type of place so beautiful, that return trips still evoke amazement over the brilliant colors present here, the stunning views from the hilltops and the pristine beaches winding around the eastern part of the town.

It is easily one of the most beautiful places I’ve been.

One of Lekeitio’s most important streams of revenue is fishing. Here is the port and the site of some great pintxos bars.

A back-street through the old quarter of Lekeitio.

The Island of Saint Nicolas (you can walk to it at low tide!) and one of Lekeitio’s beaches.

The most historic (and expensive!) house in Lekeitio. Why? Because it was the first to be built here.

A view from the top of Lekeitio’s (mini) mountain.

One of the most famous landmarks in Lekeitio; the Santa Maria gothic basilica from the 15th Century.

Apartment buildings near the port.

Fishing boats in the port.

The waves can come crashing through at huge heights during bouts of bad weather.

A hike through Lekeitio’s hillside.

Are you convinced yet? If you ever find yourself in the North of Spain, be sure to explore outside of Bilbao and San Sebastían. There are so many beautiful towns and villages like Lekeitio waiting to be explored!

Tell me in the comments below: what’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever traveled to?

Author: Christine

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  1. Hi Christine,
    I applaud your efforts to share Spain’s marvelous wonders, your enthusiasm is really felt in your stories. I have lived for 26 years in Spain and just recently moved back to the US. I suppose in many ways I project my own story on to yours and can see elements that remind me of when I first arrived in Madrid and Donostia. I did have one question for you. Have you consciously chosen not to comment the current political and economical state of affairs? Your work is great but I have just been surprised that there is no mention of these issues. Thanks

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    • Hi Orlando,

      Thanks for your comment! I tend not to focus on the political/economical situation in Spain, unless I feel it necessary. At this point, I enjoy writing about the positive things in Spain, to encourage people to come–the country has enough bad press at this time and I don’t want to add to it.

      Thanks for reading! :)

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