TOURISM IN GIPUZKOA
Join good gastronomy with tourism!
The Kiruri restaurant is located in Loiola (Azpeitia), in the heart of Gipuzkoa. Azpeitia is undoubtedly a town known for its festivals, monuments and the proximity to the coastal towns and the main capitals of the Basque Country. It is a town that has good public transport and this makes to have a great connection with the Basque capitals such as Donostia, Bilbao and Vitoria
Loiola is a neighborhood of the Guipuzcoan municipality of Azpeitia. In it, there is the famous Sanctuary and Basilica of Loyola, in Basque Loiola, which is a monumental and religious complex built around the birthplace of Ignacio de Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, known as the Jesuits. This is surrounded by spectacular gardens. Loiola also offers you a visit to the house of San Ignacio de Loiola. It also offers guided tours and a great culinary offer in our restaurant KIRURI.
VISIT THE UROLA COAST IN GIPUZKOA
Azpeitia is located in the center of the historical territory of Gipuzkoa, on the slope of the Mountain Izarraitz. It is known for the Sanctuary of Loyola, where San Ignacio, the most illustrious azpeitiarra was born.
But, apart to the Sanctuary of Loyola, we can highlight other monuments in Azpeitia: The parish of San Sebastián de Soreasu and its Capilla de la Soledad, the Washroom, the Casa Enparan Tower, the Hermitage and the Hospital de la Magdalena, the Antxieta Palace and the Basozabal House, among others.
El municipio cuenta con tres interesantes museos:El Museo Vasco del Ferrocarril, El Museo Ingurugiro Etxea y La Santa Casa y la Casa Torre de los Loiola.
The town has three interesting museums: The Basque Railway Museum, The Ingurugiro Etxea Museum and La Santa Casa and the Casa de los Loiola House.
Azpeitia also offers an unbeatable offer to enjoy nature. Entering the paths of the Izarraitz massif, we will be able to know beautiful places like the tops of the Erlo and Xoxote mountains.
Azkoitia, is a neighboring town of Azpeitia, 10 minutes from Loiola and the cradle of the ball. This town has an important monumental complex in its historic center that in 2005 was declared Cultural Heritage by the Basque Government.
Destacan en este, los palacios Intsausti y Floreaga, la parroquia de Santa María la Real, las casas-torre de Idiakez, Etxe Beltza, Baldakua e Insausti, una de las más antiguas de Gipuzkoa. Esta última fue sede de los "Caballeritos de Azkoitia".
Stand out the Intsausti and Floreaga palaces, the parish of Santa María la Real, the tower houses of Idiakez, Etxe Beltza, Baldakua and Insausti, one of the oldest in Gipuzkoa. The latter was the seat of the "Caballeritos de Azkoitia".
By GI-631: 13 min
Zestoa is located at the foot of the Izarraitz mountain and on the banks of the Urola River. Zestoa, a town of great thermal tradition, is well known for the healing properties of its springs. Its spa has been in operation since 1804 and allows you to enjoy the benefit of its discovered waters at the end of the 18th century.
Zestoa has in its vicinity important archaeological sites: Idiakaitz (Irikaitz) and the Ekain cave from which you can visit a replica in the Ekainberri museum.
By GI-631: 23 min
Zumaia is located in one of the most beautiful stretches of the Guipuzcoan coast, in a beautiful bay where the Urola and Narrondo rivers converge. Known for its great geological value, for the known phenomenon of the Flysch. The flysch is a geological formation formed by a multitude of layers of limestone and sandstone that remain vertical with the passage of time due to wear during the last 60 million years.
Surrounded by green mountains that descend to the sea in the form of steep cliffs, the coastal town has many attractions: two beautiful beaches, a historic center of interest, a modern sports port and a wide range of gastronomic offer. Both the streets and the beaches of this wonderful place, have hosted filming such as the Game of Thrones series or the film 8 Basque surnames.
By GI-631 / N-634: 28 min
Getaria is a charming fishing village where you can enjoy freshly caught fish from the Cantabrian Sea, accompanied by the local white wine, called txakoli. Nestled between two beautiful beaches, it also has a small island, perfect for a walk. Apart of that, it is the birthplace of the famous fashion designer Balenciaga and you can visit the museum in his honor. It is also the hometown of sailor Juan Sebastián Elkano, the first man who went around the world. It also has a walk around the sea that will take you directly to Zarautz.
By GI-631 / AP-8: 30 min
Zarautz is home to the longest beach in the Basque Country, its 2.5 km long beach to be exact; and also of famous waves that attract surfers from all over the world. It welcomes thousands of visitors every year. Zarautz's main attraction is undoubtedly its beach of fine sand. It´s there where the Pro Zarautz surfing championship is held every year, welcoming the best surfers of Europe and even world stage at that time. The beach is also surrounded by a beautiful walk. The walk continues until you reach the neighboring town of Getaria (about 4 km). At the east end of Zarautz beach is the Iñurritza Protected Biotope, formed by the estuary, dunes and marshes. The walk that crosses the dunes of the Iñurritza Biotope continues eastward, crossing the river estuary, until reaching the top of Mount Talaimendi, where there is a viewpoint to appreciate the beautiful views. At the west end of the town, there is the hermitage of Santa Barbara, where there is another viewpoint.
By highway A8: 45 min (45km)
San Sebastián or Donostia, is a majestic city with beautiful beaches and an impressive culinary scene. The beaches of La Concha, Ondarreta and Zurriola stand out; and is known as the king of the pintxos in his old part. It has luxurious mansions that rise on the first line of La Concha, as well as the famous La Perla spa. Despite its small size in San Sebastián, international events are held, such as the San Sebastián International Film Festival.
By highway A8: 1 hour (74,5km)
Bilbao is the beating heart of the Basque Country as well as its largest and most cosmopolitan city. The main attraction for visitors is, without a doubt, the Guggenheim Museum. Whatever you are looking for, whether it is tasty Basque cuisine, Basque culture, shopping, partying, etc., you will find it in Bilbao. Near this is also the famous San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, located in the Bay of Biscay.
By highway AP-1 / E5: 1 hour (74,3km)
Vitoria-Gasteiz is the most modest of the Basque cities. It is a city with its feet on the ground and that has a soul. In Vitoria you will also find the best preserved old town in the Basque Country and impressive Renaissance architecture. A good example is the medieval center of Vitoria. In the old town there are also several palaces. The palaces of Bendaña and Escoriaza-Esquivel. Outside the old town you will find more "new" palaces such as the Augustin-Zulueta Palace, which currently contains the Museum of Fine Arts.