Segura and Ordizia

Medieval Villages

Segura

King of Castile Alfonxo X ‘El Sabio’ founded the original village of Segura in 1256, aimed to protect the path from the Spanish plateau to beyond the Pyrenees. Segura is worth a visit because of it almond shaped core of the village, very easy to reach -37 minutes drive- from San Sebastián.

Panoramic view of its shape

Segura was for a long time the routine between France and Castile. Still today we can see some of the statedly houses and palaces like Palacio Ardixarra (current Centre of Interpretation of the Medieval town), Palacio Lardizabal (the city hall, today) and the Parrish Church of La Asunción.

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Lardizabal Palace (the city hall, today)

Ordizia

Ordizia is a medieval town just 30 minutes away from San Sebastián-Donostia, the main city in Guipúzcoa, so visiting is a must! Its 500 year-old market is very popular, granted in 1512 by the Castile’s queen Juana de Castilla as a present to the town after a big fire.

Zabala Palace, Ordizia

The historic old quarter is next to Segura’s main square, where the market takes place each Wednesday, and there you will see very interesting buildings. Keep an eye on the city hall, the Zabala Palace, the Barrena Pala… next to the latter you will find Centre, also worth a visit. There you will learn everything about Goierri’s culinary tradition.

KEEP EXPLORING THE BASQUE HIGHLANDS

villages of goierri

Legorreta

Legorreta is a small beautiful village only 25 minutes away from San Sebastián! Its parish church of San Salvador is known for its beauty: strong and lofty walls, decorative stone... …

Ormaiztegi

The population of Ormaiztegi stands at about 1350. It hosts the Zumalacárregui Museum, where you can get to know a piece of history while enjoying caseríos, the church of San …

Beasain

Beasain has the greatest population in Goierri, with over 14,000 inhabitants. It’s only 28 minutes away from San Sebastián, driving on the A1.

Itsaso

Itsaso is a village in a mountainous landscape under Mount Izazpi and surrounded by caseríos, creating a beautiful picture.

Gaintza

Gaintza is located at the foot of Mount Txindoki, 30 minutes away from San Sebastián. Enjoy the beautiful landscape surrounding the village and see Euskadi’s most majestic mountain!

Mutiloa

Enjoy the caseríos in this beautiful village, 37 minutes away from San Sebastián. Mining has been their main economic activity since the Middle Ages.

Ordizia

Ordizia is a medieval town with beautiful architecture in the old quarter. Since it’s only 30 minutes away from San Sebastián, you go and come back on the same day! …

Zegama

Only 38 minutes away from San Sebastián, Zegama is located in a privileged rural setting at the bottom of the mountains of Aizkorri-Aratz. Back in the day, it boasted a …

Gabiria

Gabiria is located in one of the highest points in Goierri. In the Basque language, they call the village “the one that can be seen from anywhere” and it’s 37 …

Segura

Segura is a medieval town with the best conserved medieval quarter in Guipúzcoa. It’s close to the highway, so it’s very easy to reach by car... just a 37 minute …

Zerain

Zerain is just 39 minutes away from San Sebastián, right in the centre of the Basque Country. It has kept its essence, traditional culture and architecture intact. Come visit!

Idiazabal

Idiazabal is located between Aralar and Aizkorri-Aratz Sierras and it gives the famous and delicious cheese its name. It’s only 30 minutes away from San Sebastián!

Olaberria

Olaberria is the balcony of Goierri. It’s just 32 minutes away from San Sebastián, and offers you a fantastic view of the whole region of Goierri: Aizkorri-Aratz and Aralar sierras, …

Zaldibia

Zaldibia is located at the bottom of the emblematic mount Txindoki, only 33 minutes away from San Sebastián. You can enjoy superb trails down the Roman road, to mount Auza …

Ataun

Ataun is the longest village in Guipúzcoa. Admire its fascinating geological phenomenon: a dome.

Altzaga

Altzaga is a village located in the mountains, facing Sierra de Aralar. It has a great view of Txindoki -Guipuzcoa’s most iconic mountain- and many other peaks. It’s only a …

Arama

Arama is the smallest village in the historic territory of Guipuzcoa, with a population smaller than 200 people over an extension of 1.3 km². It is located right in the …

Lazkao

Lazkao is located in a fantastic natural area, but also close to A1 highway. This village is known for its diversity and diversity of possible activities, due to its location …

Itsasondo

Itsasondo is a small rural village divided into two districts, 26 minutes away from San Sebastián. Its main economic activity was based around slate and there are still some visible …

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