The charm of a genuine and unique fishing town. This is what Elantxobe is like. It is built on a hillside that looks to the sea, protected from Cabo Ogoño, with staggered buildings and steep narrow streets that take you to the port.
Elantxobe has its origin in a small core of fishermen that existed in the early 16th century and became bigger with people from neighbouring towns. But it was not until 1833 when it split from the municipality of Ibarrangelua.
The architectural singularity of Elantxobe means that the town is split into two zones: the high part and the low part. In the LOW PART, on the only flat part of town, is San Nicolás de Bari Church, surrounded by fishermen’s houses. If you go for a stroll through its alleyways, you can enjoy several viewpoints towards the port and the open sea. You really must look out from some of them to fully enjoy this town’s special charm (if you have a good view on clear days, you can make out the coast of Gipuzkoa). This zone is also home to the famous turntable platform of Elantxobe. If you want to see it in operation, check the bus timetable.
What stands out in Elantxobe are the Neoclassical buildings on Calle Mayor, which connects both of the town’s zones. Known among inhabitants as the road, it maintains its old cobble stones and is flanked by sandstone walls on which numerous plants grow.
All the houses rise and face the port and, some outstanding ones include the Town Hall and Nagusia House Tower.
In the LOW PART, you will find the port and the main leisure and bar zone. An ideal place to enjoy the majesty of the Cantabrian Sea and its sound.
The town’s main festivals are the San Pedro Festival held on 29th June and the San Nicolás de Bari Festival on 6th December.
While it is not strictly speaking an Elantxobe festival, the 22nd July is when the Madalena Festival is celebrated, which is shared with Mundaka and Bermeo and is where Bermeo’s ownership of Izaro Island is confirmed. This history includes a regatta between two towns over the ownership of the island and a third party, Elantxobe, which was the arbitrator.