Maritime cultures of the world in Pasaia
The Pasaia Maritime Festival will be held for its second edition from 28th of May to 1st of June in 2020, and for those 5 consecutive days, the waters of this Guipuzcoan municipality will be the meeting point for traditional boats from different parts of the continent.
This festival will be a great international maritime encounter that will offer visitors a cosmopolitan atmosphere full of cultural, gastronomic and musical activities.
These activities will take place between the water area, which will be where the different traditional boats sail, and the land area, which will cover the four districts of the municipality in spaces conceived as villages where numerous activities related to gastronomy, crafts and music will take place.
THE SEAFARING IDENTITY OF PASAIA
I welcome you to this website on behalf of the municipality of Pasaia.
From May 28 to June 1, 2020, the second edition of the International Maritime Festival, a gathering of traditional boats, will be held in Pasaia.
After the resounding success of the first edition held in May 2018, with ten countries represented by 110 vessels and 300 crewmembers, in 2020 we want to consolidate our commitment to authenticity, giving prominence to our maritime heritage and to ships of heritage value. The quality of the boats and their maritime cultural diversity is the basis of the character of the Pasaia Maritime Festival, as the 125,000 visitors of the first edition can attest.
Izaskun Gómez Cermeño
Mayoress of Pasaia Town Council
Director de Pasaia Festival Marítimo
Pasaia celebrates maritime heritage
Twenty years ago the Local Development Agency Oarsoaldea and the association Albaola joined together for a common project; the aim was to highlight the history and maritime heritage of Pasaia by the building and sailing of traditional boats. It was a hopeful start in a challenging context, mainly due to the lack of nearby references. At that time the very concept of maritime heritage was alien to people, and the level of common knowledge about Basque maritime history was appallingly low. So it was an enormous challenge. However, the effort made by Pasaia has been relentless. The beginnings were discreet, with the opening of a small but quaint boatbuilding workshop; it was open to the public, so visitors could see boats from different times being built, thus having a chance to discover the secrets of Basque maritime technology.