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The Sanctuary of Arantzazu
The Sanctuary of Arantzazu, in the municipal district of Oñati, hangs over the ravines and is built on a rocky area in a wild and natural zone. The building by Laorga and Sáenz de Oiza, the apse by Lucio Muñoz, the glass windows by Javier Álvarez de Eulate, the frieze of apostles by Jorge Oteiza, the doors by Eduardo Txillida, the paintings of the shrine by Xabier Egaña, the Crypt painted by Néstor Basterretxea make this Basilica a representative centre of Basque art.
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Routes around Jaizkibel. Talaia track
Mount Jaizkibel is a key feature of the local landscape. Running parallel to the coastline, at its western end the mountain drops sharply away to the sea, with sheer cliffs standing up to 240 metres in height. At the eastern end, on the other hand, the terrain is less abrupt and small coves and ravines are formed where a number of small streams flow into the Atlantic. These areas are also a refuge for certain plant species which are extremely rare in the rest of Europe, such as some varieties of tropical ferns. Several colonies of seagulls, both lesser black-backed gulls and tallow-legged gulls, build their nests in the Jaizkibel cliff faces. Other marine birds, some very rare, such as the storm petrel, have also been spotted in this area, alongside very interesting reptilian species such as Schreiber`s green lizard and the western whip snake.
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Hondarribia: Guided tour by the historic quarter
Starting at the Tourist Information Point in the Plaza de Armas, the visit sets off towards the Parish Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción y del Manzano where we will go inside and we will be given a historical explanation. We will then visit the Historic Quarter.
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Green Route of Urola
From Zumarraga, the Urola railway used to follow the river that gave it its name as far as Zumaia. Today, part of its route (Azpeitia – Zumarraga, 22.5 km) has been restored and transformed into a green route that enables us to visit the towns and the mountainous landscape of Guipuzcoa. It is a spectacular route that consists of 39 bridges and 19 illuminated tunnels. We propose starting the journey in Zumarraga and ending it than at Azpeitia train station, which today houses the Basque Railway Museum. This plan is suitable for both sports lovers and families with children, combining the enjoyment of nature and sport with culture.
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Albaola
Albaola The Sea Factory of The Basques is located at the entrance of the Bay of Pasaia (Gipuzkoa), close to the ancient steam dredger Jazikibel and situated in a renovated shipyard.In this magical and hidden place the ship writing carpenters repair and build boats with high historic and ethnographic value.Albaola factory evokes many sea odysseys lived by the Basque people along the New World trough the whale hunters and their vessels. More than a museum, this factory is an imaginative and open space where you can learn, thanks to a dynamic process, the sea history of the Basques watching the public construction of the replica of one of its most famous ships: XVIth century whale ship San Juan.San Juan whaling ship is the living exponent which shows the importance of 16th century Basque sea industry.  In order to carry out this construction, a collaborative network is created and formed by cultural equipments and social agents related to the heritage, the history, the naval construction, the education and the environment.  In addition, this construction is one of the most special projects of the European Capital of Culture 2016 – Donostia-San Sebastián.  You can visit the whaling ship construction process here, in the Basque sea factory, it’s dynamic and it develops over time to the rhythm of its constructive stages inside a big shed where the big structure pieces are finally assembled.All this process is set in a permanent exhibition based on the whaling and the sea activity of the Basques during the 16th century.Albaola completes your tourism experience inviting you to navigate along the bay of Pasaia: the access to the museum can be made by the sea thanks to a maritime transport service located at 'Muelle del Hospitalillo'. You can park your car at the free parking of Trintxerpe situated on the same wharf and you can board on this green boat where an exciting tour will start.   Time table: From Easter to September open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.From October to Easter open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.mExcept during the 1st of January, and the 24, 25 and 31st of December.
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Ordizia market: your inner chef
Be initiated into the secrets of one of the best cuisines in the world. In a pleasant and fun atmosphere, discover the passion and love that good food requires. You`ll get great tips from prominent local chefs who will teach you to prepare the most acclaimed Basque dishes, so then you can prepare them at home and give your friends a tasty surprise. Among the variety of produce available to you at the famous Ordizia market, you can choose your ingredients, accompanied by a local chef. This market is the oldest in Gipuzkoa and has been held continuously every Wednesday since 1512.
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