The Goierri region is made up of 18 different municipalities, of which Beasain, Ordizia and Lazkao are the most well-known. Set in the heart of the Basque Country, it is a perfect location for making day-trips to San Sebastian, the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum, Rioja Alavesa, Biarritz and San Juan de Luz, among others.
Most of the villages in the Goierri are found in rural settings, but within easy reach of the A-1 motorway. The wide range of accommodation, excellent restaurants and authentic feel of the area make it perfect for a 3 to 5-day stay.
The area offers visitors world-class gastronomy, scenery and culture in a peaceful and natural environment. It is also a perfect destination for sports enthusiasts, couples, and tourists who are already familiar with San Sebastian and are keen to discover the countryside and experience real Basque living.
Gastronomy is an important part of life in the Goierri region, where Idiazabal and Ordizia are particularly well-known for their produce. While Idiazabal lends it name to the famed cheese that wins countless prizes at the World Cheese Awards every year, Ordizia is known for its weekly market on Wednesdays. The biggest market in the Basque Country, it has been held in the same place for the last five centuries.
The Basque Highlands
When visiting the Basque Highlands, don’t miss the Aizkorri-Aratz Interpretation Centre in Zegama and the Aralar Interpretation Centre in Lizarrusti (Ataun) which includes a children’s adventure park.
- Visit a shepherd/cheesemaker and see how the local Idiazabal cheese is made.
- Attend a Txakoli, cider or wine tasting, or try some paired with cheese.
- Visit one of the cider houses which are open all year.
- Visit the Medieval Town of Segura or the Cultural Centre in Zerain.
- Visit the weekly Ordizia Market (Wednesdays).
More information: www.goierriturismo.com