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The first visitors to arrive by boat have come to Deba to discover the Geopark coast and its flysch

2015 July 29
  • Ana Oregi, Pedro Bengoetxea and Juan Ángel Balbás at the presentation of the new wharf
  • Today saw the launch of two new guided tours of the Basque Coast Geopark leaving from and returning to the town of Deba.
  • From March to June, 2,000 people have taken the Geopark guided tours, representing a rise of more than 60% in comparison to the previous year.
  • According to Oregi: “a year ago we opened the Albergue de Perigrinos de la Estación pilgrims’ hostel; we are doing things well and both Deba and the whole region will notice the effects”. 

Deba, 29 July 15

Today the town of Deba received the first visitors to arrive by tourist boat, who disembarked on the new wharf at 13:30. The travellers left Zumaia at 12:30 and sailed to Deba, admiring the Geopark (Mutriku-Deba-Zumaia) flysch with the explanations of a guide. Furthermore, the Basque Minister for the Environment and Regional Policy, Ana Oregi, the Mayor of Deba, Pedro Bengoetxea, and the Director of the regional Development Agency, Debegesa, Juan Ángel Balbás, presented the new Deba wharf which started operating today.

This is one of the two interpreted proposals launched today by Geoparkea as part of its programme of guided boat tours, running in both directions between Deba and Zumaia, which will have their departure and/or arrival point on the new wharf.

Coinciding with the start of the new cultural and tourist service, today the new wharf was opened to permit groups of tourists and geology enthusiasts taking the Geopark boat trips to embark and disembark while increasing tourist activities in the Debabarrena municipality and region.

The Basque Coast Geopark, consisting of the towns of Deba, Mutriku and Zumaia, promotes geotourism and offers experiences, activities and guided tours for discovering, learning more about and enjoying its geological, natural and cultural heritage.

Installation of the new wharf in Deba means that two new proposals completing the guided tours of the Basque Coast Geopark are available from today. The new guided tours will run by sea between Deba and Zumaia, in both directions. The tours are entitled: “Zumaia-Deba by boat” and “Deba-Zumaia by boat”. The tours are interpreted based on two different departure and arrival points. They are an excellent option for enjoying a peaceful visit of two of the towns in the Basque Coast Geopark: Deba and Zumaia.

They are also a fabulous way to make their return journey for those trekking on the Talaia Grande Randonnée between Zumaia and Deba. Tours can be booked on the website, or at the Geopark tourist offices. Work to install the wharf has taken approximately two years and was possible thanks to the involvement and determination of the Deba Town Council and the regional Development Agency, Debegesa, backed by the Basque Coast Geopark and the Basque Government.

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