The port is the heart of Mundaka. It is definitely the most picturesque area of the village, surrounded by colorful Basque style houses and various bars and restaurants.
Although there are several beaches in the surroundings, during the summer the locals extend their towels on the dikes that surround the old port to take in some sun. The kids in the town also love the area around the dikes, especially since they are able to jump from them into the water several meters below.
Santa Catalina Hermitage
The Hermitage of Santa Catalina is located in a small green peninsula with the same name, in the outskirts of Mundaka. The hermitage has held a strategic position for the village since it could control every entry into and exit out of the estuary. However, due to the hermitage being located right next to the water, it has been damaged and destroyed many times. Although there has been a building in that same location since the Middle Ages, the hermitage that we see today is from 1879. It is a mixture of gothic and renaissance styles.
Throughout the centuries, the building has also functioned as a quarantine area for people with epidemic diseases, as well as the meeting place for the brotherhood of fishermen. It was even used for the storage of ammunition for the fortress that originally stood beside the hermitage. Today, some remnants of the fortress walls can still be seen around the church.
Santa Maria Church
The Santa Maria Church is located in the center of Mundaka, right next to the water, and is surrounded by a park with a playground for children, fronton and snack bar.
Although there has been a church in that same location since at least the 11th century, the first building was destroyed by the many battles. Originally, the Tower-House of the Munaca also stood next to the church, but it too was destroyed during a battle in the 15th century. The church building that stands today is from the 16th century and is composed of gothic and renaissance styles. The tower and the portico were later added in the 19th century.
The Mundaka BC store opened its doors in August, 2013 and very quickly became a must visit place while in Mundaka. Mundaka BC is much more than a clothing or souvenirs store. Apart from selling clothes, shoes and accessories, the space is also used for exhibitions. Every couple of months there is a different exhibition at Mundaka BC, usually featuring works of local artists.
At Mundaka BC, an attempt is made to support local brands and that is why almost all the brands offered in the store are Basque: Loreak Mendian, Kukuxumuxu, Skunk Funk, etc. But in addition they have also created their own brand called Mundaka BC which is actually the star of the store. The shirts, hoodies and shoes from the Mundaka BC brand are successfully supporting the cool image that Mundaka has around the world.
Inside of the store, there is also a very special corner called Ithaka books’ corner. It tries to bring the local culture and history closer to the people. In it, you will find some works of Ernest Hemingway along with documentations about the time he spent in the area.
Apart from the Ithaka’s books’ corner and the periodic artists exhibitions, Mundaka BC is also organizing concerts from various genres of music.