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Zarautz is a coastal town located in central Gipuzkoa, in Spain. It is bordered by Aia to the east and the south and Getaria to the west. It has four enclaves limiting the aforementioned municipalities: Alkortiaga, Ekano, Sola, and Arbestain. It's located about west of San Sebastián., Zarautz has a population of 22,890, which usually swells to about 60,000 in the summer.The Palace of Narros, located adjacent to Zarautz's 2.8 km long beach, is where Queen Isabella II and Fabiola of Belgium once spent their summer holidays. The beach is known for being the longest in the Basque Country and one of longest of the Cantabrian cornice.The Mayor of Zarautz since 2015 has been Xabier Txurruka .History1237: The city is awarded status as fuero by king Fernando III of Castile.1857: The beginning of the Industrial Revolution in Zarautz, thanks to the enterprise "Fabril Linera". An era of economic growth and development begins.1936: The Civil War begins and Zarautz overwhelmingly supports the Republican cause.1937: The province falls to Falangist forces in the Spanish Civil War, who carry out reprisals against the Basque nationalists. At the end of the 19th century, and the beginning of the 20th century, the popularity of Zarautz as a luxury tourist destination grew, and many well-known people began to holiday there. A number of lavish houses and mansions sprang up, particularly along the beach. Nowadays, many of these buildings have become public buildings or have been demolished and replaced by chic apartment buildings.Zarautz is in Province of Guipuzcoa. Use our Spain holiday planner to arrange the hows, wheres, and whens of your trip to Zarautz.
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