Located in the heart of the province, is known as the Balcony of Gipuzkoa for its spectacular landscape.
This valley, situated at a height of 500 metres, may well afford the view that it is the place that best captures the rural landscape of the Basque Country.
In our hotel, while enjoying the beauty of the landscape and nature, for its exceptional location, is the ideal starting point for a wide variety of cultural and culinary offerings.
The historic old town of Tolosa is one of the largest in Gipuzkoa.
It is worth its market, considered one of the most typical of the Basque Country is held every Saturday for centuries.
One of the most characteristic and distinguishing features of Tolosa is its gastronomy. Beans, cheeses, T-bone steaks, cider, garden produce and sweets.
Each year celebrates the international choir contest, one of the most important competitions of its kind in Europe, and the International Puppet Festival, famous for being the most colourful because of its extensive programme and characteristic atmosphere.
Tolosa is known too for its carnival, a tradition whose origins go back a few centuries ago.
Interesting walk through the old town. It is essential to visit the Sanctuary of Loyola, birthplace and splendid monumental complex around San Ignacio de Loyola, founder of the society of Jesus. A place of pilgrimage and culture.
You can visit:
Basque railway museum.
Replica of Ekain cave, known as Ekainberri
The site at Ekain is, together with Lascaux (France) and Altamira (Spain), one of the three most important exponents of prehistoric paintings (15.000-12.000 BC) in Europe. Thanks to this replica you can now discover, find out about and feel this Basque Palaeolithic artistic legacy declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The green colour of its three surrounding mountains, the colour blue of the Cantabrian Sea and the Urumea river, and the earthen tones of the limestone walls of its historical buildings produce an almost perfect combination in San Sebastian.
We recommend you a walk along the bay of La Concha and visit its far end, the work of the Donostia-born sculptor Eduardo Chillida, “The wind Comb”.
From here one can ride the charming, old-fashioned funicular up Mount Igeldo for a panoramic view over the city. The old town is a web of interconnected, narrow streets that preserve their original medieval street plan. The majority of the restaurants, bars, small shops and historical monuments are concentrated in this area.Do not forget to try the famous Pintxos. Do not miss the famous Tamborrada (January 20th), The International Jazz Festival “Jazzaldia” (July), The Classical Music Festival (August) and The San Sebastian International Film Festival (September)
OTHER PLACES FROM IRIARTE JAUREGIA :
St. Jean de Luz, Biarritz and its beaches. 66 km / 50 Minutos
You can visit beautiful villages such as San Juan de Luz, one of the most colorful and beautiful coastal towns. You can go shopping in the famous Rue Gambeta or visit Biarritz, an elegant and glamorous village less than an hour away.
Sara, Ainhoa and villages in the interior.
Please do not hesitate to ask for help to arrange visits to these wonderful places
86 km / 1 hour
Besides being known throughout the festival of San Fermin, one of the world's most famous for its bull run, it is also a beautiful historic city, just one hours drive.
and the Guggenheim Museum 85 km / 1 hour 15 minutes
Bilbao has spent the last twenty years of being an industrial city to be a important tourist center, known worldwide for its Guggenheim museum.
With the process of urban transformation, the city has become into the best architecture summary of the late twentieth century and the beginning of the XXI.
Ernio massif is rich in history, customs and legends. In this wonderful natural environment, a meeting place for trekkers and mountaineers are Ernio summit (1.075m.) Mako (1,066 m.), Uraitz (1,018 m.) and Erniozanal (1,010 m.).
Since Iriarte Jauregia can enjoy the view of Ernio or upload directly from the hotel after about 2 hours of an easy route, with a height of 500 meters.
The valley of Bidania offers a series of paths and trails suitable for family excursions and also for a more sporting spirit.
Besides hiking mountain can enjoy:
Spa y Relax
La Perla Thalasso Center Sport. San Sebastián
Casino Kursaal. San Sebastián.
Hipodromo San Sebastian.
Golf Basozabal. 4 km from San Sebastian.
A visit to Guipuzcoa is not complete if one does not live the experience of penetrating its gastronomy and be carried away by the textures, flavors and colors proposed by one of our cooks reference. Thanks to them Guipuzcoa has become the epicenter of the "cuisine". The largest share of Michelin stars, 16 in total.
In addition to the "cuisine" we can find a lot of restaurants of all categories in which you can taste dishes prepared with wise simplicity of seasonal products such as the grilled T-bone, beans of Tolosa and fish in coastal populations. Not to mention the deep-rooted habit of "Pintxos go."
From January to May, the cider houses typically offer a menu that is difficult to resist in a relaxed atmosphere that makes the visit an unforgettable experience.
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