Txindoki’s Route

We leave Donostia / San Sebastian by Miraconcha´s stroll and the Zumalacárregui Avenue until you reach the national road N-1, which you will follow about 20 kilometres long until you reach the diversion indicating Alegia. The village of Alegia together with the Oria river, it has some interesting monuments like the famous Puente Viejo o Zubizaharra (Old Bridge), of medieval structure which saves the river’s channel, and the Parish Church of Saint Juan Bautista, Neoclassic style where you might find inside a magnificent Gothic Christ.

From Alegia you will take the route GI-2133 direction Amezketa to go into the surrounding of Mount Txindoki (This area, which was declared a Nature Reserve in 1994, covers 10,956 hectares and contains numerous megalithic monuments, dozens of caves and potholes, areas of great mythological importance, beech groves, oak groves and a wide variety of wildlife. Txindoki 1.346 metres and known as the Little Fawn.). In Amezketa, you can visit the village Church of Saint Bartolomé with its old gravestones and unique “argizaiolas”.

The route that continue from Amezketa ascend through a road which offers wonderful panoramic views until Abaltzisketa, from where you see widely the Mount Txindoki and all its neighbourhood. The Town Hall, the typical houses with the projecting tiled roofs and the Parish Church of Saint Juan Bautista, with a lovely Romanic Portal, make a harmonious conjoint.

From Abaltzisketa you will arrive in a short ascend until the Larraitz zone, on the foot of Mount Txindoki, where you might find the Chapel of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, which its worship all over the neighbourhood. From here, there are plenty of footpaths and mountains routes.

From Larraitz you go down direction Zaldibia and Ordizia, but you will take the diversion on your right indicating Gaintza, where you will come to this little village, the highest village of Goierri and from there, you might enjoy of a wonderful panoramic.

Once you have visited Gaintza, you go down and follow the road till you reach the next village called Ordizia. The historical and city centre of this town, with its medieval layout of narrow streets bubbling with commercial activity, has been declared a Monumental-Historical Site. Its most emblematic buildings are the Parish Church de la Asunción, the Town Hall, the Palace of Zabala, Abaria and Barrena, Muxika Tower House and the monument in honour of Urdaneta.. . However, this town´s great attractions is its local produce market which dates back to the 11th and 12th centuries and takes place every WEDNESDAY. There is also a series of occasional markets held to celebrate particular products such as Idiazabal cheese or wine, or special events such as the Medieval Fair or Christmas, although perhaps the most important one is that held during Basque Festivities in September. These are important events as regards the supply and demand of local products, as the prices stipulated are those established for quotations and they serve as a reference for the entire Basque Country in that week.

From Ordizia you will take the national road N-1 to come back to Donostia / San Sebastian.