Abadien Mollia
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Abadien Mollia

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A: Low tide

by hersck, 110 meters away

Low tide

B: Basilica of Lekeitio

by Paco Lorente, 130 meters away

Imposing building in what was a small village of fishermen and sailors. The basilica of Saint Mary of...

Basilica of Lekeitio

C: Basílica de Lekeitio, vista desde el tejado.

by hersck, 150 meters away

Basílica de Lekeitio, vista desde el tejado.

Basílica de Lekeitio, vista desde el tejado.

D: Lekeitio

by mikelmgm, 160 meters away

Lekeitio

E: Bell tower

by hersck, 170 meters away

Old bell tower

Bell tower

F: Andra mariren zeruratzea

by hersck, 180 meters away

Andra mariren zeruratzea

G: Malekoia

by hersck, 280 meters away

Malekoia

H: Dawns in Lekeitio

by hersck, 350 meters away

Dawns in Lekeitio

I: Talatik

by hersck, 350 meters away

Talatik

J: Lumentza

by hersck, 360 meters away

Lumentza

This panorama was taken in Northern Spain, Europe

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