The Valley Baztán is always Green with many attractions: many palaces and stone cottages with big balconies; monasteries and medieval bridges over the rivers; routes through the meadows and hills; forests; megalithic monuments and caves… Besides pilgrims, witches and smugglers were famous. Nowadays you can follow its steps through different routes; Camino de Santiago of Baztan, witches’ and smugglers’ path that matches the close caves of Urdax, Zugarramurdi and Sara.
. We highlight the caves of Ikaburu that has a guided visits of half hour to contemplate the stalactites and stalagmites of its rooms. The Caves of Zugarramurdi are famous because of its witches’ Sabbath that it is said were made. Sara is French and already in France it is worth to highlight that twenty kilometers far away from the border is the beach of Saint Jean-de-Luz.
There are good viewpoints to see panoramic views of the Valley of Baztan: Ziga, port of Otsondo and the top of Gorramendi. And if you want to be mountain climber, there are different tops of thousand meters, besides you can do different excursions such as hiking through the route Abartan or the walk of the Waterfall of Xorroxin. There are also important museums: the etnographic museum of Jorge Oteiza (Elizondo) or the esculptoric museum Santxotena (Arizkun).
We also recommend beautiful corners to get lost such as the Waterfall of Xorroxin (Erratzu), the dolmens of Izanagi and the megaliths of Erratzu-Aldudes. In the East of Baztan is the Natural Park of the Estate of Bertiz.
Urdazubi/Urdax is located in the Valley of Baztán in a privileged environment. Few minutes from the border of France. In the same village there is an old mill from the XVIII century which is rebuilt and active, a millenary tree, fronton and playground. In the area there are a lot of craftsmen. Some medieval bridges save the trout river Ugarana which crosses the village. Cottages with shields, one of them which belong to the writer Pedro Aguerre “Axular” from the XVII century. The church of the old convent of Salvador is today a parish. In one of its five neighbours of cottages, Leorlas, there are the awesome caves of Ikaburu.
You can visit:
Museum house Gorrienea.
Caves of Urdax, Zugarramurdi y Sara (camino señalizado para hacer senderismo por las tres cuevas).
Botanic garden of Bértiz.
Waterfall of Xorroxin (a 18 km.).
Animals park to 9 km.
Mount Larun (rise in the cog railway).
Lake of Sempere.
San Juan de Luz (beach 18 km.)
San Sebastián, Biarritz, Fuenterrabia
Walking, fishing, hiking and mountain paths nearby (Alkurrunz mountains, Gorramedi, Azkar, Larun, rock Plata, etc). Beach 18 km. San Juan de Luz. Camino de Santiago.