A FULL VALLEY OF
Pre-history men, mythological beings, kings and princes, malefactors and traders, travelers and pilgrims have crossed Goierri through History. Its strategic location connecting Europe to Castile make Goierri a really good place to catch a whiff of history and culture.
THE VARIETY OF OUR FOLKLORE
Meeting our characters, both real and fictitious, will help you understand the particular charm of our region and the true foundations of those who live here.
A medieval village build under the mandate of Alfonso X of Castile to protect the San Adrián’s Royal Path. Segura is a beauty! Admire their palaces and other buildings. Ordizia has been holding a local products market for the past 500 years. Back in 1512, the Queen Juana of Castile wanted to help the town after a terrible fire, and awarded Ordizia the right to have its own free market, every Wednesday all year round.
Nowadays, you can go up to the tunnel easily, but it wasn’t always like that. It used to be a mythic place where nature overcame the human being. San Adrián’s path used to be the main communication route between Europe and the Kingdom of Castile. In the Middle Ages, a fortress was built and guarded by 100 soldiers. San Adrián was a royal path and also the reference to those pilgrims that chose this route to get to Santiago de Compostela.
Tartalo, a one-eyed giant, is a shepherd who takes good care of sheep but hates people. Goierri’s nature is loaded with magical connotations and special creatures. The Goddess Mari, her children Atarrabi and Mikelats (the first being a good son; the latter, not so much), witches shaped as hens and bears, oxen’s skin filled with gold… The Barandiaran Museum of Basque Mythology, in Ataun, is the place to be to get to know all this in detail. Enjoy!
Did you know that Carlist General Tomás Zumalacárregui introduced beret -today, a symbol to Basque people- and made it fashionable? It got so popular that during the Second Carlist War more than 75,000 were sold. The great anthropologist and priest José Miguel de Barandiaran, who lived for more than 100 years, knew everything about Basque mythology. He was also very attached to his beret -txapela in Euskera-. Both of them were born in Goierri. We recommend visiting Zumalacárregui Museum and Larruntza windmill, where you will find Barandiaran Museum. José Miguel de Barandiaran dedicated his whole life to study Basque folklore and ancient religious myths. You will learn lots of stuff without even realising!
Iron has shaped the land and history of the Basque Country, and especially in Zerain. You can visit the old mines of Aizpea, known as the Mountain of Iron, and know how iron was extracted in the old days, as well as visiting one of the galleries. This mines have been declared Monumental Complex by the Basque Government’s Ministry of Culture.
The Igartza family was really powerful in the Middle Ages, building their own palace out of wood and stone, next to Oria river in Beasain. The site, full of architectural and historical value, displays a forge, a wooden dam, a windmill and a bridge. The workers at the forge would end up building what today is CAF, the company responsible for manufacturing high-speed trains, trams, and undergrounds all around the world.
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Get to know Euskadi’s highlands
Our region is very suitable for organising fun and educational activities for kids. The natural parks of Aizkorri-Aratz and Aralar make Goierri the best known in rural tourism and nature …
In Goierri there’s a natural mix between sports and nature. The region is known internationally for its competitions. Know more about it!
True horse lover? IBUR Caserío IBUR is a horse-riding club with professional instructors offering a wide range of activities for adults and kids!
The hike takes place between the villages of Olaberria and Idiazabal, and their caseríos. Olaberria, known as Goierri’s Balcony, is a small village in the hillocks.
Passionate about mountain bike? Get to know the rural side of Euskadi in a whole different way!
Meet the most popular peak in the Basque Country: the Aizkorri. To get to the summit, we recommend leaving your car in the parking area located under San Adrián’s tunnel. …
This is a circular route where you can enjoy two of the biggest pleasures in Goierri: Idiazabal cheese and the mountains! It is an initiative promoted by the Department of …
Explore one of our passions: the mountain. In Goierri we celebrate 2 trail races known around the world: Zegama-Aizkorri marathon and Ehunmillak ultra-trail (held together with G2H and Marimurumendi marathon …
There is a bike lane -bidegorri- connecting the towns in the valley. You can also reach the ones inside the mountains. It is incredible how people love cycling here! Some …
Get to know the village of Gaintza with this suggested route. Get a magnificent view of Txindoki and see the caseríos around!
The North route to Santiago de Compostela and San Adrián’s tunnel have both been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What’s the story of this tunnel that makes it such …
Practice sport climbing in Ataun! Come see our walls, there are 250 lines open, several levels of difficulty, and our group of instructors eager to meet you.
Bowling is a long practiced game in Goierri, where you will find out their tradition and how fun it can be.