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Lekeitio: One of the Most Beautiful Places I’ve 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 has been fishing. Here is the port and the site of some great pintxos bars.

A back-street in 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 during bouts of bad weather.

I had to find a door to photograph :)

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 traveled to?

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