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Published: March 17th 2013
The weather forecast suggested getting out of Pamplona for the weekend and heading down the Basque coast was a good idea. Who were we to argue? So, we took the Bogey Buggy out for a drive and tried to find the small town of Lekeitio where we had booked ourselves into the Hotel Metrokua
for the night. Unfortunately we missed our exit from the motorway and ended up travelling cross country over a hill where we had to battle with a large number of cyclists out enjoying the weather.
We eventually found where we were going but it had been an interesting diversion along the way. Driving through the town was a bit of a challenge because the streets are so narrow, especially around the marina. We later found out that we could have avoided that part but it helped us to get our bearings! Just over the river and tucked away around the corner overlooking the beach we found our hotel. Even though we were a bit early for checking in they let us have the room and we were most impressed. It looks like the place has recently been refurbished and they have done a good job. The bar area
is decorated with old photos and pieces of driftwood in addition to a large wooden boat hanging from the ceiling. It is quite atmospheric really.
After sorting ourselves out we went out for a walk. A pathway takes you safely back into town and over the bridge. It really is a picturesque location with a small island out to sea, colourful boats in the marina and glorious golden sands on the beach. We thought it was still just too cold to sunbathe but clearly it was fine for some! We sat out on the prom and had our lunch then walked round the marina and tried to make our way to the lighthouse. Unfortunately we couldn't find the right road but we had a nice amble around the town then sat outside the Bikers Bar (full of old dears!) for a beer in the sunshine.
We spent the afternoon exploring the narrow streets and wandering out to see the old palace. On the other side of the river we could see a footpath which would have taken us almost directly back to the hotel but it eluded us and we had to retrace our steps back into town.
Not to worry, because of that we stumbled across the picturesque cemetery.
In the evening we found a really nice bar where we sipped chilled Navarran wine. Eating at night proved problematic though. It seems lunchtime is when everyone feasts. We found the one proper restaurant in town where we joined the 4 other diners in a rather expensive but very rewarding dinner of delicious fresh fish and, yes, more wine! A stroll back to the hotel ended rather abrubtly as the bar was closed so there was no chance of a nightcap!!
The next morning we had an agenda so we had to be away pretty smartish. That's for the next blog though. It seems we love the Basque coast and next time we have a good weekend we'll be back to this area for sure.
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