Pasaia (Spanish Pasajes ) is a city in the province of Gipuzkoa in the Spanish part of the Basque Country.
It is located 5 km east of Donostia- San Sebastián. This old traditional fishing village draws its meaning from the in the Ria of the river Oiartzun located seaport.
1203 Pasaia is first mentioned in documents as Oiarso. In the course of the Christianization of the late 15th century it was mentioned as Pasage. The name is likely the tortuous, narrow, but seeschifftaugliche estuary is based. It lies between the mountains and Monte Ulia Jaizkibel.
1770 Pasaia received by King Charles IV city rights.
Pasaia today consists of four parts: Pasai Donibane (Spanish: Pasajes de San Juan ), Pasai San Pedro, Pasai and Trintxerpe Antxo with a total of 6.8 km ².
The most important trading port in the province of Gipuzkoa is a major employer for the nearly 20,000 inhabitants. Pasaia forms with the cities Rentería, Oiartzun Lezo and the economic region Oarsoaldea.
Tourist significant is Donibane with its fish restaurants.
Sons and daughters of the town
- Blas de Lezo (1689-1741), Spanish Admiral
- Mikel Laboa (1934-2008), Basque- Spanish singer-songwriter and guitarist