In the foothills of the Pyrenees is the Aiako Harria Natural Park, a fairly extensive natural enclave in the province of Guipúzcoa. Within its 6,912 hectares you will find mountains and hillsides, as well as forests full of beautiful oak trees. But its concentration of pine, beech and chestnut trees also form an important part of this grandiose landscape of the autonomous community of the Basque Country.
National Park of Aiako Harria, also known as National Park of the Peñas de Aya, it has three main peaks such as Irumugarrieta at 806 metres, Txurrumurru, at 821 metres and Erroilbode, at 843 metres, on which it is possible to set foot following, of course, the different itineraries available and the perfectly signposted paths.
It is a tourist place of indomitable beauty distributed between the municipalities Irún, Oiartzum, Rentería, Donostia and Hermani that invites to be crossed and discovered through trekking routes.
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What to see and do in Aiako Harria Natural Park?
If you have already felt like visiting this mighty sanctuary where rivers like the Bidasoa run through forming beautiful streams and waterfalls, then take a look at the guide below.
Exploring the scenery will take you to places of interest such as Txingudi Bay, the Oiart Valley and Mount Jaizkibel. But there is also the Aiztondo ravine which, thanks to its beautiful 100-metre waterfall, has become a must-visit site.
Among the attractions you can find in Peñas de Aya are the numerous streams and mining galleries. From the House of the Natural Park you will have access to the Arditurri mine.
The walk will also allow you to see some species of vertebrates, but this whole place has become popular as it has become a wintering area for birds or as a stopover on their migratory journeys.
Besides touring the park by routes that can start from Aiditurri, Irun, Hermani, Listorreta and Oiartzun, take advantage of some of the most suitable areas for camping, take some pictures and enjoy nature.
Where to eat?
The Aiako Harria Natural Park travel itinerary includes a list of restaurants to eat delicious food and recharge your batteries. Here’s our suggestion, so take advantage of it.
It is a simple and comfortable place to enjoy a delicious kokotxa stir-fry. The steak is also as good as the attention of the waiters. The atmosphere and the price are two positive elements of this restaurant located in calle Puerto, 17, San Sebastian – Donostia.
Sagardotegia – Cider Bar Donosti
This place combines seasoning, good service, friendly portions, good price and excellent atmosphere. In short, it is a great option to eat the best Basque dishes. Try the chops, omelettes or cod with tomato. It is located in Zamalbide street, 8, Errenteria.
It’s one of those places that makes you want to come back… and sooner than you think. Its good food, service and atmosphere make it a true alternative. If you are in the natural park do not miss the opportunity to taste delicious food in this restaurant located in Barrio Ergoien, Oiartzun.
Where to sleep?
Find here the best accommodation near the Aiako Harria Natural Park. Comfort and good service are combined to offer the guest a service according to their needs.
Rural house Olazi
It has become one of the most popular accommodation options in the region. It has five super comfortable rooms, fully equipped kitchen, flat screen TV and free Wifi. It has a terrace and a large garden to share pleasant moments with family and friends.
Farmhouse Zalai Eder
It is located in the municipality of Donostia and is considered one of the most comfortable and safe places to stay in the province. It has six bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a special playroom for the children, a living room and free private parking.
It is also known as “Yeguada Isasa” and is always ready to serve even the most demanding of guests. The outdoor area has gardens, barbecue, game rooms, tennis courts, among others. But it also has comfortable rooms with all the services. It is located in Oiartzun.
How to get there?
From the town of Irún to the Aiako Harria Natural Park there are 24 kilometres. Travel them in 42 minutes or less if you are travelling in your own car. Pay attention to the map so that you can reach your destination without major inconveniences.
You will have to exit Iglesias Street in Irun, then take the Navarra Hiribidea / GI – 3154. At the roundabout, take the third exit on GI – 3154. Again at the roundabout, take the second exit, specifically the route Madrid – Irún on the way to Donostia.
When you reach Santiago Urtizberea Shiesbidea Kalea take the road towards Errenteria. Keep to the right on the Autopista del Cantábrico towards Bilbao.
If you keep to the left, take the AP-8, AP-1, E-70, E-5 and E-80 motorways. Then, take exit 3 on Iturrine street to Oiartzun. Continue to Iturrine Street.
From here follow the road signs until you finally reach your destination. Don’t forget to turn on your GPS to make the route easier.