From land and sea… that is the message that Lea Artibai sends to the world, a small region, connected to the land and the Cantabrian Sea that has fed us for years.
Lekeitio, Ispaster, Mendexa, Amoroto, Gizaburuaga, Aulesti, Munitibar, Ondarroa, Berriatua, Markina-Xemein, Etxebarria and Ziortza-Bolibar… these are names that recall thousands of dreams and a thousand ways of living, all expressed through local people, landscapes and villages which are
Lea Artibai are small hidden valleys, where the water of the streams has painted paths leading you to the sea. Waves are sculpted coastlines, where beaches, marshes and cliffs are drawn to their shores. They are fishing ports, farm districts, apple orchards and vineyards, cows, sheep grazing and hidden orchards, special cress tomatoes, fresh fish from the open sea (high)… the appetite of traditions in a place where time has stopped.
The sound of the siren is heard… it’s the fish brought to the port, setting the pulse of the town: it has to be unloaded, to the cabins, to the fishmongers…
It’s long.. it’s the day to prune the apple trees, put in the vegetables or gather the mushrooms.
Lea Artibai has been able to preserve its cultural heritage for thousands of years, we can notice all this by walking through the quiet canals of the rivers full of dams and nostalgic bridges, strolling along the beaches, seeing the quaint ports, looking at the sea from the cliffs and peaks, sometimes calm and sometimes angry.
Lea Artibaikos are still connected to this sea and land, they offer us marmitas, fresh vegetables, fish of the day, preserves, cakes that explain the history, wines and ciders that have been traveling across the sea for centuries… We can find all these in the shops, in the remains of the landscape, in our everyday life, because they are in our lives, related to who we are and what we want to spread.