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5 Top plans 5 minutes from Donostia-San Sebastián

The region of Oarsoaldea, which is formed by Errenteria, Lezo, Oiartzun and Pasaia, still perfectly preserves its essence and invites you to let yourself be carried away by landscapes full of contrasts. Located just 5 minutes from Donostia - San Sebastian, between the sea and the mountains, and sheltered by the Aiako Harria Nature Park, and surrounded by the sea of the unique Bay of Pasaia, this region combines tradition and the avant-garde.

We suggest 5 TOP plans so that you can get to know this exceptional territory in depth.

1 –IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE SEAFARING TRADITION OF PASAIA BAY

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Donostia-San Sebastián is one of the most beautiful capitals in the world and only 5 km away is one of the most charming towns on the Basque coast: 

PASAIA.

In this town, which surrounds the shores of a bay of calm waters and is sheltered by stunning cliffs, it is essential to visit the traditional Mater traditional tuna boat, a unique museum that offers a wide range of activities related to culture and the marine environment, and the Albaola Maritime Factory, where you can see the live construction of a replica of a 16th-century whaling ship.

Walking through the historic old towns of Pasai Donibane and Pasai San Pedro, in their unique narrow and cobbled streets, built between the mountain and the sea, with their peculiar bridge-houses and historic buildings, will undoubtedly take you on a journey back in time.

2 – LEZO: A JEWEL TO BE DISCOVERED

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Next to the Bay of Pasaia and at the foot of Mount Jaizkibel stands a real jewel to be discovered: Lezo.

In its old town stands the Basilica of Santo Cristo, famous since ancient times for its beardless Christ. This Renaissance basilica is surrounded by small streets of emblazoned and attached square houses that make up a perfectly preserved and charming old town..

3 –ARDITURRI GREEN WAY, NATURE IN PURE STATE

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One of the natural sites closest to the capital of Gipuzkoa and which offers an endless number of alternatives for enjoying nature in all its splendour is the Aiako Harria Nature Park.

From Donostia - San Sebastián begins a 17 km route that is fully adapted for pedestrians and cyclists, reaching Oiartzun through an urban cycle lane. From Oiartzun we can take the Arditurri Greenway, the old railway line used to transport the ore extracted from the Arditurri mines, in the heart of the Nature Park, to the port of Pasaia.

These mines, already exploited in Roman times, are now open to the public, where you can go deep into the depths of the mountain and explore its galleries. There are also two other unique museums along the way: Luberri - Geological Interpretation Centre and Soinuenea - Basque Popular Music Centre.

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4 –THE BEAUTY OF THE COAST OF GIPUZKOA FROM AN EXCEPTIONAL VIEWPOINT: THE FORT OF SAN MARCOS

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The Fort of San Marko, crowning the summit of Mount Bizarain in Errenteria, is considered the best viewpoint on the entire coast of Gipuzkoa.

This 19th century Carlist building, allows us to walk from its deep secret passages to the top of its viewpoint.

You can also take advantage of the journey and visit the centre of Errenteria. Once known as " The Little Manchester" due to its great industrial tradition, it is home to a old town declared a Monumental Site, with medieval vestiges and where you can visit Jantziaren Zentroa, a museum that allows you to learn about the evolution of clothing over the centuries and discover the history of fashion and the way of dressing in the Basque Country.

5 – TASTE OUR GASTRONOMY WITH THE 5 SENSES

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In Errenteria, Lezo, Oiartzun and Pasaia, as well as tasting, you can also experience our gastronomy by getting your hands dirty with the freshest ingredients from our land and sea, all possible thanks to the gastronomic experiences that can be enjoyed in this region: traditional cooking or canned fish workshops, a tasting visit to a duck product workshop or a complete experience where you can learn about the relationship between the sea and cider. With all of them you will be able to learn, touch, feel and taste our gastronomy.

More information:
943 494 521
turismoa@oarsoaldea.eus 

12 easy tours to do with children

Here you will find some easy routes to do with children in our region: 

1. LEZO-ALTAMIRA-BORDATXO ROUTE

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This 3.4 km easy route can be done by foot or by bike. It passes through the Altamira district of Lezo and crosses typical Atlantic countryside meadows, where the most important farmhouses such as Darietazarra and Miura are concentrated. A pleasant walk that is recommended for everyone.

 
 

 

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 2.  WETLAND OF MALBAZAR - AMPHIBIAN HABITAT

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The route that we propose below is part of the approved routes PR-GI1003 and PR-GI 1004, within the Aiako Harria Nature Park. We will start this beautiful walk from the parking placed next to the Idoia farmhouse (Susperregi restaurant), until we reach the wetland of Malbazar. The round trip is about 3 km long. Once we arrive at the Malbazar wetland, we can learn about the fauna and biodiversity to be found there. The return will be by the same route.

 

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3. SL-GI 4 TXORITOKIETA

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The park of Lau Haizeta perfectly combines nature and heritage. The walk that we propose will immerse us completely in this environment. To make this easy approved route (SL-GI 4) of just 3 km, we will go to Zamalbide district of Errenteria, and from there we will follow the path marked with white and green lines. On the way we will find the dolmen of Aitzetako Txabala. And also, very close to there we will also find the Forts of San Marcos and Txoritokieta, as well as the monolith of Txoritokieta. If we continue walking to the Fort of San Marcos, we can visit its museum during the high season. The way up there is very easy, following a paved road and then following the marks of the SL-GI 3 trail, we will soon find the Fort. There we can also find a children's playground and a recreational area.

 
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4. PATH OF PUNTAS IN PASAIA

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The following proposal leads us to the seashore. We will begin the route in the parking lot of the Bizkaia district of Pasai Donibane. We will cross the cobbled street that crosses the old town with the traditional bridge-houses and historic buildings that composes it. From the Church of Bonanza the ride leads us to the entrance of the Bay of Pasaia, where we can admire the cliffs that are on both sides of the mouth. At the end of the way, we find the Alabortza creek, where we can rest and enjoy the scenery, to continue back the same way we came.



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5. HIGH OF ARRAMENDI, MORE THAN A PARK

The mount of Arramendi is the closest natural space around the center of Errenteria. It has an altitude of approximately 80 meters and it can be reached from the Errenteria Tourist Office, although there are two other entrances to the park: from the Gaztaño or Pontika neighborhoods. During the Carlist Wars, there was a fortress on the summit of this hill, although now we can only appreciate the remains. While we enjoy the views from the top, we can recharge our batteries and have a break on the benches and tables that we find there.

 
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6. TOWER TO TOWER ON JAIZKIBEL MOUNTAIN

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We will take out our explorer's talent and we will go in search of the 19th century Carlist towers of Lezo. Nowadays, 5 of the towers can still be seen at the top. To access by car, we can take the GI-3440 road until we reach the summit, park our car and continue walking from tower to tower. The way from here has no difficulty, as it goes next to the towers . We can also follow the signs of the St. James' Way.

 
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7. GREEN WAY OF ARDITURRI

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Although the route that we suggest is a bit longer than the previous proposals, it is very easy to do it by foot or by bicycle. It has very little slope and if you prefer, you can start at any intermediate point of the route. Walking along the course of the Oiartzun River, the path will lead us to the side of Aiako Harria Nature Park, to finish in the Arditurri Mining Land. On the way we will also find several restaurants and very close to the green way we can also visit two other museums of the village (Soinuenea and Luberri). 

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8. ORIENTATION CIRCUITS IN LISTORRETA-BARRENGOLOIA

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Holding the map in your hands, you will have to follow this game of clues to test your orientation and complete the route. There are four different routes of different length and difficulty beginning from the recreational area of Barrengoloia (Errenteria), within the Natural Park of Aiako Harria. Immerse yourself in this unique adventure! You can get these maps at the Tourist Office of Errenteria or download them to your phone.

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DOWNLOAD HERE THE ORIENTATIONS CIRCUITS


9. SL-GI 1007  ARDITURRI CIRCUIT

In this approved tour of 3.3 km (SL-Gi 1007), we will approach to the Arditurri Mine Land (Oiartzun). From this point, we will follow the white and green marks of this circular route that allows us to know a singular mining scenery. You can feel like an explorer and discover the entrances of abandoned mines, as well as look for minerals along the way. Along the way you will pass through a canal and several small waterfalls and water pools.


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10. CROMLECH OF OIELEKU: THE TRACES OF OUR ANCESTORS 

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The following route leads us to one of the most beautiful places in our region: Oieleku. To get there, we will take the road that starts in the Altzibar neighborhood of Oiartzun on the way to Artikutza (GI-3631) and about 12.5 km further on, we will reach the Kauso parking lot. Once here, we will leave the car and cross the road to take the path that we find in front of us, following the white and yellow signs) of the approved route (PR GI-1006). In about 2 km, we will soon reach the Oieleku cromlech, the best place to explore our ancestors!

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11. TOUR TO BELOAGA CASTLE

 

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(photo:  https://www.sites.google.com/site/beloagabizirik) 

Starting form the traffic circle of Gurutze district in Oiartzun, follow the road to Arkale district and 20 meters to the right we will take a concrete track. In 5 minutes we will find the stele of Andrearriaga on our left. We will enter the forest and follow the red signpost which lead us to a bunkers and we will arrive to the remains of the ancient medieval castle of Beloaga. 

 
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12. SL-GI 1004 ELORRIETA CIRCUIT

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This circular approved circuit (S-GI 1004) starts in the area of Sorondo and take us to the beautiful landscapes of Aiako Harria Nature Park. On the way, we will be able to see the hermitage of Ozentzio and the cromlech located in the summit of Elorrieta. 


 
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 DO YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION?

Ask us for the information that you need, we will help you with pleasure:

Tourist Office: 943 494 521 / turismoa@oarsoaldea.eus

TRIPS FROM DONOSTIA-SAINT SEBASTIAN: LEZO

TRIPS FROM DONOSTIA-SAINT SEBASTIAN

 

Located just 15 minutes from Donostia-Saint Sebastian, between Pasaia Bay and Mount Jaizkibel,
there is a small municipality surrounded by nature
that is worth visiting:

 

LEZO

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Lezo is known for its historic center of cobbled streets
and emblazoned houses

 

A PARTICULARITY:

A LEGENDARY CHRIST

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Lezo has been famous for centuries for his crucified Christ, the Holy Christ of Lezo,

one of the most devoted religious figures of the Basque Country and who has a peculiarity: he has no beard.

It is located in the Renaissance basilica of the same name located in the main square of the historic center.

 

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A PLAN:

ROUTE OF CASERÍOS: Olazar-Lorbide

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This mountain route of less than 2 hours is ideal for everyone.

It runs along the south face of Jaizkibel and crosses neighborhoods of beautiful century-old farms. (4.5 km-1 h 45 m).

In addition to the GR-121 which goes through Jaizkibel, Lezo has two other marked routes.

 

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YOU CAN'T MISS:

THE TOWERS ON JAIZKIBEL MOUNTAIN

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Located on the ridge of Mount Jaizkibel, of the six towers that

They were built in the 19th century, three belong to Lezo and are classified as a Monumental Ensemble.

You can also explore them on foot since the Lezo towers are part of the GR-121 that goes around Gipuzkoa.

 

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AN EXPERIENCE:

ITS GASTRONOMY

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In both rural and urban areas, the restaurants of Lezo will not leave you indifferent.

There is not so much quality in so few areas.

 

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A RECOMMENDATION:

ITS ACCOMMODATION 

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Lezo is undoubtedly an ideal place to stay due to its proximity to places of interest such as Donostia-Saint Sebastian,

Hondarribia or France, its good communications and quality accommodation in the heart of nature.

 

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In less than 5 km...

 

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                           PASAIA                                                                                    ERRENTERIA

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  OIARTZUN 

 

 

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  MORE INFORMATION:

TOURIST OFFICE OF ERRENTERIA
00 34 943 494 521
 turismoa@oarsoaldea.eus

 

Maritime activities in Pasaia Bay

 

MARITIME ACTIVITIES IN PASAIA BAY

 

The picturesque architecture of the Bay of Pasaia , the spectacular port entrance and the gastronomy, among others, are well known. Walks through the both historic city centers and the boat trips are essential for those who visit us. However, there are other different and very original ways to get to know this special bay: FROM THE SEA.

 

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Family activities organized by the Ecoactive Museum Boat, Mater: trips to the cliffs of Jaizkibel, the Valley of Colors, anchovy canning, garbage fishing and cleaning of Alabortza cove in Pasai Donibane are some of Mater's summer activities, as well as regular guided tours of the eco-museum. This traditional wooden tuna boat not only reveals its history and environment, but also shows how important it is to take care of the sea.

 

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Mater Ecoactive Museum Boat
Calle Arraunlari, s/n
20110 Pasaia (Gipuzkoa)Tel.: (00 34) 619 814 225
Fax:(00 34) 943 49 08 31
   info@mater.eus
www.mater.eus

 

 

Canoe crossing: lovers of active tourism have the option of navigating the waters of the bay in a canoe enjoying the views offered by the sea. No previous experience is required so it is an ideal activity to enjoy with family, friends, or as a couple since they also have double canoes.

 

 

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Donibane, 1
20110 Pasai Donibane
(00 34) 943 345 371
  donibanekirolgunea@hotmail.com
 

 


 

Paddle surfing: in the same way as the canoe, the inland waters of the port of Pasaia offer the ideal means to enjoy this modality.

 

 

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Donibane, 1
20110 Pasai Donibane
(00 34) 943 345 371
  donibanekirolgunea@hotmail.com

 


 

Sailing in a traditional wooden sailboat: The Lucretia. Now in Pasaia the dream of sailing on an old sailing ship can come true: the Lucretia. In it you can enjoy one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Cantabrian coast, the interior of the bay and the one formed by the cliffs of Ulía and Jaizkibel.

 

LUCRETIA 

Ostarte Sailing

Tel: (00 34) 687 255 661
   info@ostartesailing.com
www.ostartesailing.com
 

Rent your own boat with or without skipper: for those who want to perform the activity that best suits them: fishing trips, dinners, snorkel, cetacean watching, etc. They can rent their own recreational craft. There are several possibilities with or without skipper, guided routes, à la carte services...

 

ITSASO

Suministros Marinos Itsaso
Nabalaldea D4
20110 Pasai DonibaneTel.: (00 34) 943 574 972
   itsaso@itsasosm.com
 
www.itsasosm.com

Brai Kantauri

Tel: (00 34) 658  723 194

Booking:   reservas@brai.eus

 Other queries    brai@brai.eus 
www.brai.eus
 

 


 

Diving trips: departures from the port of Pasaia for all levels and baptism certificate. In this section of the coast you can make a multitude of different dives due to its peculiar orography from wrecks to archaeological remains such as anchors and cannons

 

 

BUCEO DONOSTI

Buceo Donosti
Muelle Donibane, Local D1
20110 Pasai DonibaneTel./Fax: (00 34) 943 312 313
   buceo@buceodonosti.com
www.buceodonosti.com
 

 


 

Maritime excursions: Here you have the best boat trips along the Basque coast in all its modalities: fishing, walks, guided visits, ... Enjoy exciting tours admiring the cliffs of Jaizkibel and Ulia or sports days at sea, with the help from great professionals.

 

EXCURSIONES MARÍTIMAS

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You can complete your activity by visiting the construction of the Nao San Juan in Albaola Faktoria, making a guided tour based on novels through the corners of the historic centers or renting a bicycle in any of the four districts.

 

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More information: Tourism Office of Pasaia

943 341 556 / turismoapasaia@oarsoaldea.eus

 

 

 

 

 

 

A getaway to ERRENTERIA

  A GETAWAY TO ERRENTERIA

 This lively cultural town resurfaces from its industrial past, revealing small jewels of great historical value that have remained for centuries in its well-preserved old town and in its extensive natural environment.

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 A WALK THROUGH ITS HISTORICAL QUARTER

Walk the 7 streets that make up the medieval quarter classified as Cultural Interest. If the opportunity arises, enter the Church of the Assumption.

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COSTUME CENTER, FASHION MUSEUM

The Costume Center houses an extensive collection on Basque clothig an cloching from around the world throughout history. It is commited to projects linked to the fashion industry and exhibits the work of new designers and craftsmen.

Timetable:

Saturdays: 11:00-14:00 / 17:00-20:00

Sundays and holidays: 12:00-14:00

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  GUIDED TOURS IN THE AIAKO HARRIA NATURAL PARK

Learn from the hand of an expert guide, the following three environments of Aiako Harria: Añarbe Forest Reserve, Paleolithic Caves in the Aizpitarte Caves and Lau Haizeta Park and megalithic monuments. A prior appointment is essential.

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  FANDERIA MILL, RIVER HOUSE

The walk that runs parallel to the Oiartzun River will take you to the Fandería mill - the House of the river, which still preserves its old grinding stone. You can see it in progress during the visit, by appointment.

Timetable:

Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 10:30 to 14:00, free admission.

More information

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 SAN MARKO FORT, THE BEST PANORAMIC

The San Marko fort, has a privileged viewpoint over the Gipuzkoan coast and the surrounding mountains. Without a doubt, one of the best images you can take in the area. Go up in summer and walk through its passageways.

More information

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HIKING, PREHISTORIC MONUMENTS

The Aitzpitarte Caves or the Aitzetako Txabala dolmen are in the middle of Nature. Different hiking trails will take you there.

More information

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  PINTXO-SHOPPING

The center of Errenteria has a wide range of pintxo bars and restaurants. You will be surprised by the commitment to small businesses.

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 YOU CAN ALSO

Horseback riding- Hípica Listorreta

Historical visits with a guide- Kultour

 

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