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Zaldibia

Zaldibia is set in the historical territory of Gipuzkoa within the Goierri region. The town is located in the lap of the Txindoki mountain (1,346m), mythical summit of the Natural Park of Aralar. In fact, the exceptional environment of rural character is one of its main attractions. Surrounded by green mountains and neighbourhoods with country houses, the town offers many routes to go for walks or riding. As soon as we get to the town centre, the beautiful town hall and the Gothic church of Santa Fe will fascinate us. The urban area that grew around this 16th century construction houses outstanding buildings such as Albitxu, Kanpandegi and Carrera Enea Houses and the farmhouse of Zubiaurre.

 

A few kilometres from downtown, if we head towards the neighbourhood of Larraitz, we could visit the hermitage of San Saturnino that has an unusual belfry. A little further the open fields of Larraitz are worth visiting, a starting point for the ascent to many mountains such as the Txindoki. There, we will find a picnic area surrounded by restaurants, where in May the traditional opening of pastures sets off, as Aralar has an important livestock, especially Latxa sheep. If we climb up Aralar's Martxabaleta Mountain, we will run into Argarbi, Ausokoi II y Matxitxane dolmens as well as the Koa cave. The remains at those funerary sites show that there were Eneolithic and Bronze Age settlements in the area.

 

Zaldibia's Mondejus

We could taste a sample of the local gastronomic specialities such as sheep cheese and "mondejus" (a kind of white sausage obtained from the sheep) at "Ardiki Eguna" (Mutton's Day) that is held in October. On the other hand, in the way to Arkaka, two kilometres from downtown we will find a recreational area equipped with tables and seats ideal to enjoy the fresh air. The picnic area is situated by an artificial lake, where recently a fishing school was opened addressing children.

Information of interest

Surface area
16.20 Km
No. of inhabitants
1,504

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