Santa María la Real church, Azkoitia


Tourism destinations


As soon as you arrive in this locality in Gipuzkoa province, sheltered by the Izarraitz massif, you will be impressed by the fine buildings that line its streets.

The highlight in the square is the town hall, with a striking crest on the front, and the parish church of Santa María la Real. With three naves and a Doric capital, the church houses altarpieces of great beauty and a particularly special gem, a Cavaillé-Coll romantic organ from 1898, the last one built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll.

Azkoitia's towerhouses are also worth a visit, such as Baldakua, Floreaga, Idiakez or Etxe Beltza (medieval tower painted in black after being burnt down during the Second Carlist War) and Insausti, being the latter one of the oldest towerhouses in Gipuzkoa. Besides, the construction was the headquarters of "Caballeritos de Azkoitia", a group of 18th-century noblemen that encouraged the Enlightenment ideas, and promoted the Basque culture and the scientific research in the Basque Autonomous Region.

Azkoitia, birthplace of the pelota

The town has always stood out for its deeply-rooted pelota tradition (a traditional sport). A sample of it will be the 7 Oteiza pelota courts that stand for each Basque historical territory and pelota's different disciplines. Azkoitia is also known as "the birthplace of the pelota".


Whoever pays a visit to Azkoitia in August will be able to have great fun at the Asunción de María's festival, popularly known as "Andramaixek". The festival kicks off in August with some fireworks and lasts 5 days in a warm atmosphere. Likewise, San Andrés' festival is celebrated in autumn, when a wonderful livestock and gastronomy fair is held attracting many visitors.

Information of interest

Surface area
55.40 Km
No. of inhabitants