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Mendaro

  • Neighbourhood of Azpilgoeta in Mendaro
  • Hermitage Santísima Trinidad
  • Neighbourhood of Garagartza
  • Town Council Mendaro

Mendaro

Famous for its chocolate, Mendaro is located in the historical territory of Gipuzkoa within the Deba Beherea region. The encompassing Izarraitz and Arno Mountain Ranges form a fascinating landscape.

 

The municipality is located at the end of the Kilimon valley, a narrow basin well known for its green landscape and carstic land. Water from several irrigation channels cross the valley appearing and disappearing sporadically under the surface until flowing into the river Deba. The valley is considered a paradise as regards potholing due to the many simas and existing caves.

 

We could start our visit becoming acquainted with Mendaro's historical heritage. It is one of the few towns in the Basque Country that from the 15th century has the following two beautiful buildings on both banks of the river: The parish church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción in the neighbourhood of Azpilgoeta and the church of Inmaculada Concepción in the neighbourhood of Garagarza. Besides, the towerhouses of Lasalde and Ospaz are one of the town's most representative medieval constructions.

 

Mendaro chocolate

Mendaro is famous for its chocolate, since the town is home to a family business devoted to the production of high quality handmade chocolate, made following traditional recipes that date back to 1850. The factory Chocolates Saint Gerons produces artisan chocolate and numerous visitors buy these delights. So, whoever has a sweet tooth will be able to enjoy the best chocolate.

 

In mid-July, Mendaro celebrates the town's patron Saint festival in honour of Santa Ana. Among the festive events, we will find musical performances and rural sports. Besides, a "romeria" (local country fiesta usually connected to sanctuaries and hermitages) is organised on March 1st in the hermitage of Santo Ángel de la Guarda.


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Surface area:

24.40

No. of inhabitants:

1898