Yesterday we were lucky to see the representation of the “Disembark of Elkano” from very close. Invited by the City Council of Getaria, we attended the arrival at the port of Nao Victoria with Elcano and the 17 surviving sailors on board, neighbors of Getaria who played their role perfectly. The pier and the streets of Getaria were full of people, thousands of people who did not want to miss this representation that is held every 4 years since 1922. The next one will be celebrated in 2022 and will be doubly special: it will coincide with the centenary of this popular representation and also with the 500th anniversary of the arrival in 1522 of the expedition of Elcano to Seville after a trip of three years.

The Basque Government, which attended with several representatives, has published a video-summary of yesterday’s day with the most exciting moments. Here it is!

At the end of the performance, the residents of Getaria together with Salbatore Abesbatza, sang the hymn to Elcano accompanied by the municipal band. This is the letter of the hymn in euskera:


Gora Elkano, gora ta gora!

Getariar gizon sendoa

Izan zinan ba

Ludi guziya

Biratu zuben lenengoa

Zure ibilteak

Iriki zuten

Gizonarentzat itsasoa



Zein aundia zendun gogoa.

Gora ta Gora,

Gora betiko

Getariar seme zintzoa!

Angel Alonso, the director of the animated feature that we are producing, did not want to miss the opportunity to take a photo with Elcano, represented by Iñigo Isasti who premiered yesterday for the first time in the role of the illustrious Getaria sailor.


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