Regions of Guipúzcoa

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What to see and visit in the province of Guipúzcoa?

San Sebastián region

Region of San Sebastián (Donostia): It is located in the northeast of the province. It has an area of ​​305 km2. It is made up of the following municipalities: San Sebastián, Pasaia, Lezo, Renteria, Oiartzun, Astigarraga, Hernani, Urnieta, Andoain, Lasarte-Oria and Usurbil.

It is bathed by the rivers: Oria Urumea and Oiartzun. It has about 350,000 inhabitants. In it is located the Massif of the Five Villas, which is part of the Aralar Natural Park.This region also has beautiful beaches.

- Saint Sebastian oDonostia: go to the Guide of San Sebastián.


Pasajede San Juan or Pasaia: It is a port that mixes industry and fishing tradition. It consists of four districts separated by the bay. We focus on Pasai Donibane (Passages) where you can take a nice walk through a typical old fishing village, with stone houses and a bridge. It has a narrow street with a square at the end. Its good restaurants are very famous. You can also visit the house where VíctorHugo stayed for a while (see photos of Pasai).

  • Victor Hugo House: residence of the famous writer and poet, which he occupied for some time.
  • Renteria: has about 39,000 inhabitants. It is located in the mountains, highlighting Mount Alduna (526 mts.), Txorikodieta (315 mts.) And San Marcos (277mts.). It is close to Lezo, Pasajes de San Juan and San Pedro.
    • Church of Our Lady of the Assumption: It was built in the 16th century and is in the Basque Gothic style.
    • Hermitage of Santa María Magdalena: it was built during the Middle Ages, Romanesque style, very simple with a single nave. Its facade is made of sandstone ashlar. It was destroyed by the French in 1638 and rebuilt again. In it is the patron saint of the city, Santa María Magdalena.
    • Torrekua and Morrontxo Towers: they are part of the wall, which in the Middle Ages protected and surrounded the city. Today there is only a part of the wall canvas left and these towers located in the upper part.
    • town hall: It is housed in an old 17th century building.
  • Lezo: it has 6,000 inhabitants. It is located on the coast, next to Renteria and Pasajes de San Juan and San Pedro.
    • Basilica of the Holy Christ: It was built in the seventeenth century on the remains of a hermitage of the Holy Christ, so the basilicas still houses the image of the Christ of Lazo from the fifteenth century, in Byzantine Gothic style.
    • Church of San Juan Baautista.

  • Lasarte: it is only 5 km from San Sebastián, in the plain of the Oria river, on the Ctra. N-I (Irún-Madrid). It has a population of 18,000 inhabitants. It is an important industrial city since the 19th century, where modern buildings prevail. There are no remarkable ancient monuments. Its festivities of San Pedro, its patron, are known.
  • Oiartzun: a beautiful town among mountains of 9,000 inhabitants. Ideal for hiking and mountain sports. It has good restaurants to taste beef and veal in a Basque country setting.
  • Hernani: It has 19,000 inhabitants. It is an inland and industrial city.
    • Church of San Juan Baautista: it is of baroque style
    • Church of Las Angustias: It is in the Romanesque style.

Lower Bidasoa region

The region of Bajo Bidasoa (BidasoaBeherea): it is located in the south of the San Sebastián region and they share many things. It stretches along the Bidasoa river and borders France. It has two important municipalities Irún and Fuenterrabía. He Aiako Harria Natural Park, is located in this region.

  • Fuenterrabíao Ondarríbia: located on the border with France, it is a fishing village. It has an old walled part with a Parador. It also has a typical Basque marina where there are good fish restaurants and tapas bars. (click on the link to get all the information).
  • Irun: it has 60,300 inhabitants. It is located at the mouth of the Bidasoa river and near the Bay of Txigundi. It is close to Hendaya, Fuenterrabía and Oiartzun. Peña de Aya, belonging to Aiako Harria Natural Park you are located in this municipality. Very important city for its industry and commerce.
    • town hall: located in an 18th century building and built in a baroque style. Highlights: its facade built in ashlar padded by balustrades and its portico with five arches.
    • Church of Santa Maríadel Juncal: It was built in the 17th century (1508-1606) in the late-Basque Gothic style. Highlights: the altarpiece of the 18th century high altar, with its wood carving, is the oldest in the region.
    • Hermitage of Santa Elena: built in the 14th century, on the remains of an old hermitage from the 10th century. In it is located a Museum of Roman Art, a necropolis and the remains of a third century Roman temple.
    • Hermitage of San Marcial: it is one of the symbols of the city. It is located on a hill and commemorates the victory over the French in 1522. On June 30 this victory is celebrated and a pilgrimage takes place.

Tolosa region

The Region of Tolosa (Tolosaldea): it is located to the east of the province, in the northern part of the Oria river course. Its main municipalities are Tolosa and Anoeta. In it is located the Aralar Natural Park.

  • Tolosa: It is the largest town in the interior, after San Sebastián and formerly the capital of the province. It has a population of 18,000 inhabitants. It is famous for its carnivals. The beans and blood sausage from this town are very tasty. Has a traditional market once a month. It has very good restaurants where you can taste the well-known Alubiascon Tolosa.
    • Convent of Santa Clara
    • Convent of San Francisco

Region of Urola - Coast

The Region of Urola-costa (Urola Kostaldea): it is located in the north of the province, in the central part of the coast. It comprises the middle and lower course of the Urola River and the lower Oria. Its main municipalities are Azcoitia, Guetaria, Zarautzy and Zumaya. In it is located Pagoeta Natural ParkIt is an area of ​​beautiful beaches.

  • Zarautz: It has a population of 21,600 inhabitants. It is a very touristy town with a nice beach popular with surfers. It has a small golf course. We must highlight the restaurant of Arguiñano, a famous Basque chef famous for his television broadcasts.
    • Church of Santa Maríala Real
    • Narros Palace: It was the residence of Queen IsabelII during her summers in Zarautz.
    • Church of the Franciscans
    • Hermitages: SantaMarina, San Pelayo, Santa Barbara.
  • Guetaria: It is a fishing town with a port with a great seafaring tradition. It has only 2,300 inhabitants. Good restaurants. Juan Sebastián El Cano was the first sailor, he went around the world and was born in this town. Good restaurants Place of origin of Txacolí Denomination of Origin, good wine typical of the Basque Country.
    • Church of the Savior: built in the 15th century in Gothic style.
  • Azpeitia: has a population of 14,000 inhabitants. It is located in the north of the province, in the Urola Valley. In Azpeitia they have a lot of bullfighting tradition and Bullfighting Fairs are well known.
    • Loyola: is the birthplace of San Ignacio de Loyola (1491-1556), founder of the Company of Jesus (Jesuits) on August 15, 1534 in the Montserrat Monastery. He is the patron saint of Guipúzco and Vizcaya.
      • Monumental Complex of the Birthplace, the Monastery and the Basilica of San Ignacio de Loyola: The House-Tower was built in the 14th century and modified in 1460, in Mozarabic style. In 1682 the Society of Jesus bought the House and ordered the construction of the Basilica and the complex around the house in the period 1634-1714, by Italian architect Carlo Fontana. Zaldúa, Ignacio de Ibero and Joaquín de Churriguerra also participated in its construction, being inaugurated in 1738. The whole complex is surrounded by gardens and the buildings are shaped like a bird. The Baroque style basilica consists of a large dome with 1 body on each side and is made of pink and gray marble. Currently, it belongs to the Guipúzcoa Provincial Council.
    • Hermitage of the Magdalena: It is in the Renaissance style with baroque details.
    • Enparan House: style palace, built in 1320 and rebuilt in 1535 by order of King Henry IV.
    • Church of San Sebastián de Soreasu: It was built by the Templars in the Middle Ages and donated to the city. In the 16th century it was reformed and in the 18th century it was rebuilt by Ventura Rodríguez. It is Gothic in style and its plateresque façade stands out in the 18th century.
  • Azkoitia: has a population of 10,600 inhabitants. Land of the ball, they have a great love for the Basque ball game and competitions take place. Also from formula 1.

Alto Deba region

The Alto Deba Region (Deba Garaia): It is located in the southwest of the province, in the upper course of the Deba. It is a mountainous region whose main municipalities are Mondragón, Vergara and Oñate. In it located part of the Aizkorri Aratz Natural Park, shared with Álava.

  • Mondragon or rampage: has 25,000 inhabitants. It was founded by Alfonso X el Sabio in 1260. It is one of the most important industrial centers in the Basque Country. It's the headquarters Mondragón Cooperative Corporation (Basque cooperative party), of which 10 large companies form part.
    • Mondragon University: It was created in 1997 by the MCC (Corporación Cooperativa de Mondragón) and consists of 3 Faculties: School of Engineering in Mondragón, Business Sciences located in Oñate and Humanitarian Sciences and Education located in Escoriazea
  • Vergarao Bergara: has a population of 15,400 inhabitants. It is a beautiful industrial and service city, but with an important monumental heritage. It has a large number of palaces, a sign of its important range in the 17th century.
    • Sta. María deOxirondo (Santamaña): located on the other side of the Deba river.
    • San Pedro de Ariznoa: located in the old town.
    • Palaces: from Arostegi: from Arrese, from Gabiria, from Izagirre, from Laureaga, from Moyua, from Olaso, from Ozaeta.
    • courthouse
  • Oñate or Oñati: has 10,800 inhabitants. It has an interesting artistic and monumental legacy.
    • Arantzazu: Sanctuary of Our Lady of Arantzazu: located in Arantzazu, municipality of Oñate, in the Sierra de Aloña and in the Valle de Aiskorri, where said virgin, who is the patron saint of Guipúzcoa, is venerated. It was built in 1950 and consecrated to worship in 1969. Its architects were Sáenz de Oiza and Luis Loarga; although other artists also took part: Jorge de Oteiza, Eduardo Chillida, Lucio Muñoz, Fray JavierMaría de Eulate, NéstorBarrenetxea. Their modern style is shocking and very daring. Each of these artists put their best selves into their own hands to conclude this work. Its 3 towers on the façade are made of limestone and finished in the shape of a diamond cut. The bell tower measures 44 m / s. High and its top is a steel cross by Eduardo Chillada. The cover with the apostles by Oteiza also stands out. The apse, which is the work of Lucio Muñoz, is 600 m. 2. It is considered one of the great works of the 20th century. Some of these works are in the Vatican Museum.
    • Tower or Strong House of Zumeltzegi: it was built before 1489 by the Counts of Oñate. It had a great historical significance as a defensive tower in the 16th century and a palatial one.
    • Onate University: It was built in 1540 by Bishop Rodrigo Mercado de Zuazola. Its cloister and its façade stand out. Currently, Humanities and Educational Sciences are taught and it belongs to the University of Mondragón.
    • Lazarraga Palace
    • Bidaurreta Monastery.

Bajo Deba region

The Region of Bajo Deba (Deba Beherea): it is located to the northwest of the province, in the lower course of the Deba. It is a mountainous region but with low mountains, whose main municipalities are Ébiary Elgóibar. In it is located part of the Aizkorri Aratz Natural Park, shared with Álava.

  • Eibar: has a population of 27,600 inhabitants. It is a rural town with many hamlets and hermitages to visit. It is bordering Vizcaya. It is known for its tradition in the manufacture of weapons, although at present it is an important industrial and service city.
    • Basilica of Arrate: it was built in the 17th century in baroque style. A Gothic carving of the Virgin stands on the main altar, which is in the Baroque style. We must also mention the paintings of Ignacio Zuloaga. Its Fiesta de Arrate, on December 8, is a very well known pilgrimage to the Basilica. According to tradition the children of Eibar do not come from Paris but from Arrate.
    • Church of San Andrés: It is in the Gothic style and its main gate is in the Plateresque style. Highlights: a Romanesque-style Saint Peter, its flamenco-style stained glass windows, and its Renaissance altarpiece by Araoz.
  • Elgoibar: has a population of 10,700 inhabitants. It is an industrial city, famous for its manufacture of machine tools.
    • Several Hermitages: San Pedro, San Lorenzo and SanRoque.
    • town hall: located in a beautiful 18th century building.
    • Olaso Monastery and Church.

Goyerri region

La Comarcade Goyerri: (Goierri), is located in the south of the province, on the northern foothills of the Basque mountains. Its main municipalities are Lazcano, Legazpia, Ordicia and Zumárraga. In it is located part of the Aralar Natural Park

  • Ordizia: has a population of 9,100 inhabitants. Famous for its traditional Basque livestock and vegetable fairs. Well known Aurresku Santanero Festival in July (see in Festivities in Guipúzcoa).
  • Idiazábal: It has a population of 2,050 inhabitants. A small mountain town famous for its strong sheep cheeses made with milk from the laxa sheep (Denomination of Origin). It is the seat of the shepherds of said guild.
  • Zumárraga: has about 9,950 inhabitants. It is an industrial, service and agricultural city.
    • Hermitage Ntra. De laAntigua: It is located on Mount Beloki. It is a Renaissance building built in the 16th century. It is a defensive hermitage. Highlights: a gothic style wood carving, made by Andra Mari and a group of sculptors from La Piedad. In addition, the Hermitage houses the image of the Virgin Mary, patron saint of the city.
  • Lazcano: Mrs. María de Lazcano was commissioned in the 17th century to build a large part of the city's monumental heritage.
    • Lazcano Palace: it was built in the seventeenth century. It is in the Castilian style.
    • Church of San Miguel Arcángel: built in the 16th century. It is in the Gothic style.
    • Belloc Convent: belongs to the excision of the Benedictine order of the Basque Country.
  • Legazpi: ancient mining city, they called it the Valley of Iron.
    • Bikuña Palace: It was built in the 17th century and currently houses the headquarters of Lenbur.
    • Elorregi Palace: King Carlos V ordered to build it. It is a Basque longhouse.
    • Church of Our Lady of the Assumption: It is from the seventeenth century, it is of Renaissance and Baroque style.
    • Iron Museum (c / Telleriarte, s / n, Tel .: 943 7304 28): history of iron in the Basque Country.
    • Mirándola Ironworks: located in the Mirandola Park, next to the Museum. You can see how they worked iron in the fourteenth century.
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  • Guipúzcoa Golf Courses
  • Restaurants in San Sebastián and Guipúzcoa
  • Beaches in Guipúzcoa
  • Basque Country Guide

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