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Hello friends and colleagues, today I present the beautiful beach of the charming village of Zarautz. I hope you like it, then some letters about the villa.

Zarauz (in Euskera and officially Zarautz) is a locality and Spanish municipality located in the Eastern part of the region of Urola Coast, in the province of Guipzcoa, autonomous community of the Basque Country. This tourist village, located in the center of the Basque Coast, borders to the east and south with Aya and to the west with Guetaria. It has four enclaves that limit the previous municipalities: Alcortiaga, Elcano, Sola and Arbestain. The latter also limits Aizarnazbal. In 2017 (INE) it had 23,188 inhabitants, but in the summer it frequently reaches 35,000. It is located about 15 km. from the provincial capital, San Sebastin and is part of its metropolitan area.

Zarauz was founded as a villa in 1237 by Fernando III of Castile. Until the sixteenth century, its inhabitants were engaged in fishing, especially the whale. Later, with the disappearance of the Cantabrian whale, the zarauztarras were engaged in other tasks such as agriculture, the textile industry or the manufacture of furniture or boats. Legend has it that in the shipyards of Zarauz, of which there is no trace, the first ship that circled the World was built, the Victoria Nation, commanded by Juan Sebastin Elcano, born in the neighboring town of Guetaria, 3 km from Zarauz.

The beach of Zarauz is the largest in the Basque Country and one of the longest in the Bay of Biscay; for this reason she is known by the nickname of "The Queen of the Beaches". The area near the seafront was notable for the presence of palaces and houses built by the upper middle class during the 19th century, which have been progressively replaced by residential buildings with three to five floors. The Palace of Narros, located in front of the large beach (2.8 km), was a summer resort for Queen Elizabeth II of Spain, as well as the queen consort of Belgium Fabiola of Belgium.

At the eastern end of the beach, surrounding a golf course, is the protected biotope of Iurritza, highlighting the conjunction of dunes, marshes and cliffs, making it meet in this place floristic and faunal species with various requirements and dunes of conserved sand from the Basque Country, together with those of the Biscayan beaches of La Arena in Musques, Barinatxe in Guecho, and Grliz.
Source: Wikipedia.

Model: NIKON D3100
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 10/32000 sec
F-Stop: f/6.3
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 48 mm
Date Taken: 2015-06-29 15:15
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
File Size: 546 k

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