This is an ecological park of marshes and lagoons consisting of 3 small islands, where many birds live or pass through. In the Interpretation Centre, you will find photos and lots of information about the behavior of birds. Outside, you can take a simple journey of approximately 1 hours duration. Kids will love it, especially hiding in the stands to watch the birds, or climbing the observatory towers, from where you can watch planes land or take off from the airport of San Sebastian (Hondarribia). It is a very pleasant walk (with beautiful views of Hondarribia and Hendaye), apart from all the noise as airplanes and trains go past. You then have to pray silently that it doesn't disturb the birds!
If anything can boast beauty in Irun, it is the imposing city hall, behind which stands the Parque Natural de Peñas de Aia, with its 3 peaks. The interior is very elegant with a grand staircase, red carpet and huge lamp in the middle. Civil marriages usually take place on Saturdays and its in a huge square, popularly called "San Juan". Cranes and bulldozers will soon invade the area and a big change is expected. Before Arkups, there are usually several events during the year, especially during the city holidays "sanmarciales" in late June with concerts, street theater and jugglers. "Olentzero" comes here to collect letters from children before giving gifts on December 24, and they come from the pages and the Magi (to greet children from the balcony).
This beautiful building is in the center of Irun, at the end of the C / Mayor and currently houses the city's Municipal Library. On Wednesdays there are often storytelling sessions for children, either in Basque or in Castilian. Today all schools in the city follow model B (bilingual education: Castilian / Basque) or model D (Basque teaching). They also hold seminars and workshops.
Since Roman times it is known that minerals were extracted in Aiako Harriak-Peñas de Aya. It was in the beginning of the XX century when mining became the city's main activity. Iron carbonate was removed to be burned later in the ovens of Irugurutzeta, which made it rust. When this activity ended the furnaces closed, but they have reopened (Sundays and holidays), like the gallery it makes known this activity of the time. Hours are: 10.30 - 11.30 - 13.00 and reservations are necessary. The tourist train goes from the city center to the rural neighborhood of Meaka where the furnaces are located.
Situated on the ground floor of the Palace of Arbelaiz, it is the perfect place for a drink in a quiet yet in the center. It has a terrace, that in summer is crowded. Other than that, the structure in which it is, was named a Historic-Artistic Monument in the year 1964, and was home to people such as Charles X of France, Philip V, Henry III of France, Charles IV, Catherine de Medici. Close by is the Oiasso Roman Museum, the Town Hall and the Church of Santa Maria del Juncal.
Also known as Ama Xantalen a Roman temple was discovered under the ground in the 70s, there is also a necropolis of incineration and 100 cremation urns. It is situated beside the old town of the city, and is the only X century church in Guipuzcoa. As with many seaside churches, the hermitage of Santa Elena has a boat hanging from the ceiling, to protect the fish. I must say that at that time, it appears that the sea came virtually to your door. To visit, you must book in advance at Oiasso Roman Museum. If you go with children, I recommend that you go on a Sunday and that you visit Xabi. A very nice guy that won the attention of all the children, even the young ones! We even had the privilege to go down to what was the hermitage chapel to see more closely the Roman remains. During certain times of the year, you may take a journey of approximately 1 hour by the Green Train (about 2.50 €), which covers some of the most typical parts of the old Oiasso, now called Irun. To do this you have to book in Oiasso Museum.
After the many fatal accidents in the N121-A, they decided to construct new road tunnels, which made to be used part of the old N121-A and bike path. The layout is easy, and very nice. Party from Béhobie (Guipúzcoa), to reach the province of Navarra. The asphalt is made out of pebble, and passes along the river Bidasoa. Along the way there are a few picnic areas, and for the more adventurous you can go down to the river to bathe. This river is a place where you can practice canoe, and fishing. The landscape is typical of northern Navarra, with that bright green.
This baroque-style fountain is a few meters from the hermitage of Santa Elena. Top center is an image of Santa Elena, but there are elements that suggest that it might be the Immaculate Conception. It is one of the first public sources of the city. A few years ago a metal fence was erected at the entrance, it was in a sorry state as people used to wash cars and dump. Currently, it is very well preserved and at Christmas time it contains a nativity scene.
The building of the former Hospital of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, is also known as the Hospital de Sancho de Urdanibia. After the destruction of Irun in 1638, Sancho de Urdanibia donated part of his inheritance to build a shelter-hospital. It is in Plaza de Urdanibia (popularly known as "Moscú") in the old part. Years ago it ceased to be a hospital and it now houses inside the city euskaltegi (where people come to learn Basque). The ground floor has been restored and you can enjoy a permanent exhibition of some works by the Irundarra painter Menchu Gal and temporary exhibitions of other artists. Menchu Gal received many awards throughout her life and could proudly boast being the first woman to receive the National Painting Prize in 1960. This exhibit will be provisional until the new civic center Palmera-Montero is built.
A funny workshop is organized within the Roman Oiasso Museum that is suitable for children from 6 years old, but we have done it with children 3 years old and they had a good time. It disguises Romans, and "starts" at four Roman cities to reach Oiasso (now known as Irun). They are divided into 2 groups and face each other through Roman games like jacks and noughts and crosses.
Peñas de Aya (Aiako Harria), between Irun and Oiartzun, is the only Gipuzkoa granitic massif and its surroundings have been named a Natural Park with a total of 6,913 hectares: forests, picnic areas, trails, fridges, a hidden waterfall and a mine. There are 3 peaks: Irumugarrieta (806 m), Txurrumurru (821 m), Erroilbide (832 m). The transition from first to second is difficult and not recommended for kids. Just as the transition from the 2nd to the 3rd peak, not suitable for people with vertigo , where it is only possible to move. The route starts at the Collado de Elurretxe. To get there, from Irun we headed Ibarla to move up to Peñas de Aya. We leave to the left the first picnic area where the information booth, and a second picnic. Once past the sign for the (nonexistent) English castle, arrive at the car park (on the left). We started the route passing by a huge electric tower in the forest we move ahead. We reach a crossroads, turn right, where a sign points the way to reach the top. Gradually the gap is getting stronger, and we stand hojarrasca is becoming slippery stone. Then we come to the bunker, which offers beautiful views of the coast. The zigzag path is full of loose stones, and is easy to fall off. Once up, must exercise extreme caution as there are children falling into the void areas. The views from here are spectacular. Continue the road to Cueva del Juncal, which houses a small image of the patron saint of Irun. Continue along the road to the top, with birds of prey hovering over our heads. Once up, time to rest and slowly begin the descent to the Col of Elurretxe. Rise time / fall to Irumugarrieta approx: 1 hour and a half - Elevation: 310 meters
The Fair of St. Thomas, is one of the most important holidays of Gipuzkoa, the beginning of the holiday season. It is on December 21 at many locations, with the most popular fair which is held in the old part of San Sebastian. The highlights of this party are the txistorra, the talus and cider. This celebration dates back to the 19th century. The December 21, the "home", approached the city, to pay rent to the owners of the houses, which is where they normally lived. Advantage to bring their pockets full of money, and their products, they exchanged with other farmers. This gave this show. From early, which hosts the squares are filled with stalls with local produce, animals, crafts, folklore ... It's a nice rural festival, where many people got dressed up in traditional clothes "baserritarra". For big crowds you can zoom in or Irun eg Hondarribia (the latter, one of the lovely cities of the Basque Country, where at this time they also have on display a living nativity scene).