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Leintz-Gatzaga

Leintz-Gatzaga

Leintz Gatzaga is located in the southwest of Gipuzkoa and borders on the historical territory of Alava. The town is situated in the Alto Deba region, specifically within Leintz Valley as well as Arrasate/Mondragón, Aretxabaleta and Eskoriatza.

 

The town's history is closely related to two elements: the saltmines and the "Camino Real" (King¿s Highway, the ancient road that linked two important cities). Leintz Gatzaga was founded in 1331 due to the important growing salt industry. We should not forget to mention the Salt Museum, which shows the salt extraction process as well as its importance in the town's economy.

 

Besides, the "Camino Real" connected Castilla with the coast. Monarchs and distinguished figures passed by, bringing great prosperity to the town.

 

Important urban area

Leintz Gatzaga's urban area houses numerous palaces and ancient buildings. Likewise, the Sanctuary of Santa María de Dorleta, patron Saint of cyclists, is another outstanding construction. The oval shape of the walled area has three parallel streets and one crossing it. Nowadays, five of the seven main entries to the town remain standing. Once in, it is a pleasure to walk along the streets and admire its monuments such as the As de Copas fountain with its twelve spouts, Garro, Soran and Elexalde palaces, the Town Hall itself, from the 18th century, and the church of San Millán.

 

We cannot forget the sanctuary of Santa María de Dorleta, former hospice for pilgrims, home to the patron Saint of cyclists.

 

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The environment is beautiful. Leintz Gatzaga's surroundings have fascinating spots such as Pagoeder, Itxurritxueta, Bengoerreka Park and the source of the river Deba.

 

Whoever visits Leintz Gatzaga on September 8th will have a great time at Nuestra Señora de Dorleta's festival. The town also celebrates San Millán's festival on November 13th, organising a craftsmanship fair every year. 


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Surface area: 14.70
No. of inhabitants: 262