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The town hall of Guéthary
The town hall of Guéthary
Coat of arms of Guéthary
Coat of arms
Guéthary is located in France
Coordinates: 43°25′36″N 1°36′28″W / 43.4267°N 1.607778°W / 43.4267; -1.607778Coordinates: 43°25′36″N 1°36′28″W / 43.4267°N 1.607778°W / 43.4267; -1.607778
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Arrondissement Bayonne
Canton Saint-Jean-de-Luz
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Albert Larrousset
Area1 1 km2 (0.4 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 1,365
 • Density 1,400/km2 (3,500/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 64249 /64210
Elevation 0–73 m (0–240 ft)
(avg. 40 m or 130 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Guéthary (Basque: Getaria) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France. It is located in the traditional Basque province of Labourd, the town traditionally standing on the northernmost coastal linguistic boundary of the Basque language.


Guéthary has existed as a small fishing village since the early 12th century. It became famous for hunting whales in the 13th century. The linguist Henri Gavel put down the name of the town to the Gascon word getari, 'post for watching' (the whales), while this assumption has been disputed by current linguists, who ultimately trace the name back to Latin caetaria (via Basque), 'fish processing facility', as supported by archaeological evidence unearthed both in Guéthary and the same name Getaria from Gipuzkoa.[1]

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  1. ^ "Antzinateko euskararen nondik norakoak" (PDF). Euskaltzaindia. Retrieved 2009-07-06.  Article in Basque

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