This small town with its luxurious spacious beach was chosen by Queen Isabel II as the first city in the Cantabrian coast for a summer residence. Zarautz was founded in 1237 by King Fernando III of Castile and in medieval times was the center of whaling. The city is famous for its beach, sprawled on the 2.8 km. “Queen of Beaches” is the most extensive in the Basque Country and one of the largest in all of the Cantabrian coast. This fact attracts a large number of surfers to Zarautz. In September, there are international surfing competitions Zarautz Pro Surf.
In the XIX century there were built many summer palaces for the Spanish nobility. The most famous palace is the Palace of Narros, built in the XVI century. This palace was chosen by Queen Isabel II for summer seasons. Queen invited many visitors, among Spanish and French nobility, including Queen Maria Cristina Habsburg-Loreno and King Alfonso XVIII, Duchess of Alba, Belgian Baudouin and his wife Fabiola. During the tour you will visit the monumental complex of St. Jean Baptiste, the Museum of History and Art, which is located in the old belfry tower Zarautz.
On the eastern side of the city golf fields are located, as well as vineyards, which produces local wine Txakoli. Also, the city is famous because of the restaurant of Karlos Arguiñano located in the heart of the city with views of the sea. And on the west part of the city there is a beautiful 3 km long promenade, connecting Zarautz with Guetaria.