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Nearby images in Northern Spain

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A: Getaria - Statue of Juan Sebastian Elcano

od Carsten Arenz, 110 meters away

On this little plaza a statue of Juan Sebastian Elcano was re-errected 1961 after the original statue...

Getaria - Statue of Juan Sebastian Elcano

B: Iglesia de Zumaya

od José Luis Eléxpuru, 4.4 km daleko

Iglesia de Zumaya

C: Itzurun beach at Zumaia

od Paco Lorente, 4.6 km daleko

Itzurun beach at Zumaia

D: Punta Mendata

od Ignacio Borrego Polanco, 7.8 km daleko

Coast of Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, a beautiful landscape, a contrast of Cantabric Sea and old mountai...

Punta Mendata

E: Barrio

od José Luis Eléxpuru, 9.9 km daleko

Barrio de Deva que por desgracia no se el nombre.

Barrio

F: Monte_Itxiar

od José Luis Eléxpuru, 9.9 km daleko

Vistas desde un pequeño monticulo en la zona del barrio de Itxiar en Deva

Monte_Itxiar

G: Vista de Itxiar

od José Luis Eléxpuru, 9.9 km daleko

Vista de Itxiar, sus caseríos.

Vista de Itxiar

H: Cura

od José Luis Eléxpuru, 11.1 km daleko

Vista del cantabrico desde la costa de Deva

Cura

I: Vista de la playa de Deva

od José Luis Eléxpuru, 11.5 km daleko

Vista de la playa de Deva y como fondo Motrico.

Vista de la playa de Deva

J: Parque_Deva

od José Luis Eléxpuru, 12.0 km daleko

Parque en la arbolada de Deva.

Parque_Deva

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