36 min (37,7 km) via AP-8
56 min (77,6 km) via AP-8 and AP-1
57 min (80,4 km) via AP-8
1 h 19 min (107 km) vi A-15
The three temples
From San Sebastián we will take the A-8 motorway as far as Zestoa. From there, having first stopped to admire the lovely Palacio de Lili and the famous local spa, we will continue the course of the river Urola through road GI-631. We’ll soon arrive in Azpeitia, standing directly beneath the massif of Izarraitz.
Well worth a visit is the parish church of San Sebastián de Soreasu, with its tall columns and, next to it, the Mudejar-style house of the local musician, Juan de Antxieta. Also interesting and unusual is the Museo del Ferrocarril, with its ancient engines and wagons, not to mention an old station. Another good place to visit is Ingurugiro Etxea, a centre specialised in explaining the planet’s environmental problems.
Standing between the neighbouring Azpeitia and Azkoitia is the magnificent Loiola Sanctuary, built in 17-18th Centuries in honour of Ignatius Loiola, founder of the Society of Jesus. The compound includes an esplanade, a basilica topped with an enormous dome and the adjacent house in which Ignatius de Loiola was born. Not to be missed.
Patrimonio cultural: Zuloaga museum, Ekain caves
Towards the Cantábrico sea, in the estuary of Urola river, a wild and natural marshland.
Industrial heritage: Urola train and iron mills
Agorregi iron mills. Zarautz
Natural heritage: Flysch, basque mountains.
Seaside villages and beaches
Zarautz: 24 min
Getaria: 21 min
San Sebastian: 30 min
Bilbao: 45 min