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Basque history and culture have always been surrounded by nature. A perfect match for those who love natural environments and mountain tourism. Goierri is the only region in the Basque Country that has the privilege of being between two impressive Natural Parks. Goierri paints a vivid picture of the Basque rural society, with shepherds, sheeps, farms… you will feel yourself travel to a different time, in a calm and peaceful atmosphere.
As soon as we leave the urban areas, the breathtaking nature of Goierri becomes the star attraction: Aralar, Aizkorri-Aratz mountains, mount Murumendi....
Aizkorri-Aratz Natural Park covers an area of 19,400 hectares and houses the peaks of Altzania, Aizkorri, Urkilla, Zaraia and Aitxuri that establish the watershed between the Bay of Biscay and the Mediterranean sea. Two of the most important rivers in Gipuzkoa -Urola and Oria- have their springs here.
Aralar Natural Park offers an impressive layout with limestone elevations, rivers and natural springs. It presents a rich flora and interesting fauna: griffon vulture, golden eagle and bearded vulture. Horses, cows and sheep populate their fields, a very common spot to see the latxa sheep -producers of the delicious milk that turns into the famous Idiazabal cheese- grazing in the core of the massif.
Forget your phone! We suggest these orienteering games with circuits designed for your kids for them to hike, run, jump, go down a zipwire… in one of the biggest beech forests you have ever seen, or even ride a horse! If they are 7 years or older, they can do canyoning in Aralar Natural Park.
Fun for kids in Goierri!
The highest mountain in the Basque Country is in Goierri, inside Aizkorri’s Natural Park. The recommended route has a certain level of difficulty regarding gradient and length, but it surely deserves a visit because there you will find the cave of San Adrián and the Roman road, the fields of Urbia, Zorrotzarri’s menhir...
Sierra de Aralar is one of the main geographic features in the Basque Country and Navarre. It is a very big kart massif, with a complex morphology and summits over 1000 metres. The beech is the most common tree in the foothill, and the pastureland in the vast plateau. This area has been an important megalithic station since prehistoric times.
Sierra de Aizkorri-Aratz houses the highest summits of the Cantabrian-Mediterranean watershed, along with others that shape an impressive massif which is a landmark to Basque mountaineering. Declared a natural reserve in 2006, this area includes around 16,000 hectares: Guipúzcoa owns 13,000 and the other 3,000 belong to Álava.
San Adrián is a historical place, transited by kings, traders, pilgrims of the Camino de Santiago... It has a 70 metre long tunnel inside a mountain of hard rock, located in a unique environment. For centuries, it was the main entrance from Europe to Castile. It was so breathtaking that many stories were told about it being a terrifying place. It’s an ideal spot to get a panoramic view of Goierri. Enjoy a little trip to the tunnel with your kids and family! Both the tunnel and the North route to Santiago de Compostela have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The GR-283 circuit, also known as The Idiazabal Cheese Trail, is an initiative promoted by the Department of Innovation, Rural Development and Tourism of Gipuzkoa Provincial Government and approved by the Gipuzkoa Mountain Federation. It is a 6-step tour classed as medium difficulty, so it can be completed by anyone in good shape.
Latxa sheep is our best ambassador. Thousands of them leave in Goierri’s meadows, giving their milk to our shepherds to make -100% handmade- the extraordinary Idiazabal cheese. More than 13,000€ have been paid for half of this cheese at an auction…! If you want to see authentic shepherds working, Goierri is the place to be. Talk to them, learn from them, see where they live and work… be a shepherd for one day! And be part of the whole process of making cheese.