Legend of Isla de Izaro (Bermeo)

Legend of Isla de Izaro (Bermeo)

Tradition has it that after a quarrel between the towns of Bermeo and Mundaka as to who was the owner of Isla de Izaro, the dispute was finally settled by organisinga regatta between two crews representing each town, with the inhabitants of Elantxobe acting as umpires. During the race, the Bermeo boat hit a rock, with such force that it broke in two and an oarsman was drowned. This led to Bermeo losing a man, but winning an island.

Despite the legend, the Isle of Izaro has always belonged to the jurisdiction of Bermeo.However, due to its special situation, BermeoTown Council makes a record of this jurisdiction on July 22 of each year, which is St. Magdalene’s day. During a procession made by sea, the Mayor throws into the waters of Izaro a tile from Bermeo which represents the fact that the water dripping from the roofs of Bermeo reach the place where the tile falls into the water. The procession continues until they reach Elantxobe. Here, the Mayor ofElantxobewelcomes the Mayor of Bermeo and gives him his staff which the latter must hold during the time he remains in that village.Lastly, at mid-afternoon, they leave for Mundaka, where the ceremony is repeated. The procession then arrives at Bermeo accompanied by much music and merriment, in the company of crowds of people.


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