A myth emerging from the mist (Getaria)

A myth emerging from the mist (Getaria)

Legend has it that in Getaria there once lived a kind young fisherman who was extremely handsome and strong, by the name of Queta.He was loved by two fair maidens, IteguiAlsacarte. The young man, flattered but overcome by his great shyness, never responded to their overtures, and this lead to first of all, surprise, and then anger on the part of both ladies, who finally accused each other of their failure to win his love.This situation lasted for one year, until while wandering through the plain at the foot of the hill of Golinda(now known as “Palestra de las Damas” or The Ladies’ Arena)Queta found both women fighting each other in fierce combat, in rage and resentment as only frustrated lovers do.

Kind Queta, horrified and confused, was unable to bear the thought of being responsible for such violent disagreement, and asked the Gods to turn him into stone. His plea was answered and an impressive, rocky island in the form of a crouching mouse immediately rose from the depths of the sea, closing off the bay of Getaria: this is the origin of mount San Antón.

Silent with shame and desperation, in the knowledge that the object of their desires was no longer human and would from now on form a physical part of the landscape of Getaria, until the end of time, Itegui and Alsacarte tearfully begged to suffer the same fates: the Gods heard their plea and they now rest in the shape of stone arms in what are known as Punta Altzokoarri and Punta Iteko, near to each other and yet far, andgazing eternally at their beloved Queta.


Udalarrantz - Red de municipios pesqueros del País Vasco