Segura and Ordizia
King of Castile Alfonxo X ‘El Sabio’ founded the original village of Segura in 1256, aimed to protect the path from the Spanish plateau to beyond the Pyrenees. Segura is worth a visit because of it almond shaped core of the village, very easy to reach -37 minutes drive- from San Sebastián.
Segura was for a long time the routine between France and Castile. Still today we can see some of the statedly houses and palaces like Palacio Ardixarra (current Centre of Interpretation of the Medieval town), Palacio Lardizabal (the city hall, today) and the Parrish Church of La Asunción.
Ordizia is a medieval town just 30 minutes away from San Sebastián-Donostia, the main city in Guipúzcoa, so visiting is a must! Its 500 year-old market is very popular, granted in 1512 by the Castile’s queen Juana de Castilla as a present to the town after a big fire.
The historic old quarter is next to Segura’s main square, where the market takes place each Wednesday, and there you will see very interesting buildings. Keep an eye on the city hall, the Zabala Palace, the Barrena Palace… next to the latter you will find Centre, also worth a visit. There you will learn everything about Goierri’s culinary tradition.