The town of Getaria is one of the earliest to be founded in Guipúzcoa and is believed to date back to 1209. Ever since then it has been of note for its commercial and fishing importance. It has a very admirable port which is protected by Mount San Antón, better known as the "Getaria mouse," because of how it looks from a distance. The layout of the town consists of four streets and two cantons that preserve the medieval design, despite several fires and sieges endured throughout history. The centre was protected by two major walls on the north and south sides, part of which is preserved in the town's upper part and used now as a public "frontón" for playing Basque pelota. This town has had some illustrious sons, particularly Juan Sebastián Elcano, the first man to sail around the world, in whose honour there is a statue. Also born here was designer Cristóbal Balenciaga.
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