Routes

Urkulu

In this route we will follow upstream the course of the river Urkulu to flow in the marsh with the same name in the town of Aretxabaleta. It's a long route with hardly no difference in height, that starts in the district of Zubillaga and goes through the valley that will lead us to the beautiful site where the marsh of Urkulu is located. In the foothills of Orkatzategi and Kurutzeberri man has built a natural enclave supplied with water by the streams from Ugaztegi that provides occasional shelter to the flocks of birds on their migratory way to warmer lands. We can also see different species that breed in the island of Urkulu, giving colourful life to the marsh with their flying and swimming

Have a walk

This is a route in the plain lands of East side of the Valley of Oñati, covering the districts of Berezao, Murgia and Olabarrieta, along the basin of the rivers Ubao and Olaran. It's a walk through the typical environment of green prairies and growings of the Basque farms. It's ethnographic, historic and environmental richness can be seen in the different parks, houses and other religious or civil buildings.The rivers Ubao and Olaran keep in their banks the traces of important industrialisation. The five mills, all closed down, are mute witness of this activity.

BTT

Mountain bike lovers have a beautiful route with medium difficulty of about 20 km long that will take them from 4 to 5 hours to complete. The course starts in the centre of the town and dives into a beautiful landscape going through forest tracks and crossing the streams and woods of mount Aloña. Going up the lower slopes of this mountain we come across the district of Uribarri, arriving later on to place called Jarondo Azpikoa, where we'll start a lengthy descent that will take us to Udana, on the road from Oñati to Legazpia, continuing our descent to our departure point.

Arantzazu

It's a long route that takes us through the mountain rage of Artia and its foothills. A place (Artaso), a summit (Artia Gaboñu), a river (Artixa,), a farm (San Juan Artia) and the name of the whole mountain rage have a word in common: Artia, which means holm oax in Basque. This tree was plentiful in the old days, but nowadays there is a very limited number of them. The route goes through crags to lead us to a beech wood that reaches to the dividing line of the hydrological system of the mountain rage. The largest part of this route is marked by several megalithic monuments, being the most important the Menhir in Zekillaga called Mugarriaundi.

Mountains

It's a route in the mountain going through the highest summits in Oñati, all of them in the mountain ranges of Aloña and Aizkorri, with the highest heights in Gipuzkoa. A journey with pronounced slopes and limy rough lands with summits with the best views of Bizkaia and the prairies of Araba and from where the Pyrenees can be seen when the day is a clear enough. The areas of Duru and Malla are an important space for pasture, alternating the wxtense pasture lands splashed with hawthorns and folds of shepherds under the shade of ash trees, and limy crags. The vegetation, originally dominated by beech trees has given way to wxotic plantations of red fir and pine tree in Malla.

La crestería

It's a long way through the rough crests of the mountain rage of Aloña-Aitzgorri. This is a rugged massif with heights between 1248 m (Aloña) and 1551 (Haitzuri). Mari, the principal character of Basque Mythology chose this environment with homing purposes, moving here for some periods of time from Amboto to the caves of Gaiztozulo and Aketegi.

Ruta del Canal

It's a long way that gives us a global view of the valley of Araotz. Despite of being a long road, there's no difficulty as orography is concerned, since it was built in flat lands, over a channel that carries water to the reservoir of Aitzgain. As we continue our way we'll find several surpises, ranging from praries spattered with small junipers in contrast with thickets of firs that seem to strangle road, to leafy woods.In this route we can enjoy the sight of waterfalls, specially in rainy seasons, when torrential waters descend from the mountains of the range of Artia, forming streams and springs of ferruginous water.

Prehistory

Short route, with very little difference in height that gives us the chance to enter a past world with a way of living from today, giving a glimpse of an unreal situation. The archeological sites of Iritegi and Anton Koba talk about ancestors, and we can find a series of signs towards the main exponent of the rural world: the farmhouse; around this remains of old roads, rustic bridges and several complementary buildings can be found.