Guipuzcoa's green heart

El corazón verde de Gipuzkoa


During your holidays in San Sebastian you should enjoy something else apart from the beach, the pintxos and the pleasant walks. An attractive option is to go inland and visit the countryside of a province which is one of the greenest and richest in history and culture in the Cantabrian Coast: Gipuzkoa.

Gipuzkoa’s inland is full of natural and historical treasures. A visit to the Museum of Zumalakarregi in Ormaiztegi, the Tunnel of Saint Adrian or the Natural Park of Aralar will help to make your holidays an unforgettable experience.

These are some of our recommendations:

Ordizia – One of the most picturesque street markets takes place here every Wednesday. Farmers from all over the region come to sell their products in the Main Square: season vegetables and fruits, cheese, meat… The prices agreed at this market are then fixed for the rest of the Basque Country.

Idiazabal – It is a famous village due mainly to the cheese. Nevertheless, there are also several emblematic buildings such as palaces, manor houses, churches and chapels well worth a visit.

Segura – The village of Segura used to be in the old days a passing point for the traders between Castile and the North Coast. That is why it was so important for the province of Gipuzkoa. Nowadays, it is mainly known for the religious processions at Easter, some manor houses, palaces and churches.

Oñate – It is a noble town on the way to one of Gipuzkoa’s sanctuaries (see the section “Three Sanctuaries in Gipuzkoa”), the Franciscan Sanctuary of Aranzazu. It is in Oñate that the first University in the Basque Country was opened, the University Sancti Spiritus. But there are also other important monuments.