In it Basque Country You can find some of the most fascinating places in all of Spain. From historic cities Full of impressive buildings to small towns perfect for nature lovers, in the autonomous community there are many ideal destinations to spend a few days. In the province of Guipúzcoa, San Sebastian se usually carries a large part of the tourist burden, although there are also spectacular cities nearby.

The Bella Easo fascinates both national and foreign tourists, but just 20 minutes from San Sebastian is found the second most important city in Guipúzcoa, which has long become another of the most visited destinations in the entire Basque Country. It’s about the city ​​of Irun, which is also one of the main points of the border between Spain and France.

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Irun, a historic city on the border with France

Hermitage of Santa Elena (Irún)
Hermitage of Santa Elena (Irún)

Erected at the time of Roman domination of the Iberian Peninsula, the history of Irún goes back millennia. In the remains of an ancient 1st century temple On the banks of the Estebenea River stands one of the greatest wonders of the city, the Hermitage of Santa Elena. Built on that site in the 14th century, you can find numerous relics and even a indigenous necropolis, and is currently the Oiasso Museum, Roman name by which the current city was known.

Another impressive hermitage that can be visited in Irún (although only one day a year) is that of Saint Martial, erected on top of the mountain of the same name and built in the 16th century to commemorate the victory over the French in the battle of June 30, 1522. In addition, right next to the temple there is an impressive viewpoint from which you can contemplate the beautiful Bajo Bidasoa region.

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Nor should you miss visiting the beautiful church of Our Lady of Juncal, an incredible temple from the late 16th and early 17th centuries in which numerous styles converge and which is erected right in front of some Roman terms. In addition, it is also one of the most important enclaves in the Santiago’s road in that area.

The impressive palaces of Irun

Urdanibia Palace (Irun)
Urdanibia Palace (Irun)

In addition to religious temples, Irún also has some spectacular palaces that can be visited, such as the impressive Arbelaiz Palace, which hosted numerous historical figures, or the extraordinary Urdanibia Palace, an example of Renaissance architecture from the 16th century. Furthermore, both are surrounded by equally magnificent natural surroundings.

The exceptional nature of Irun

The Bidasoa River, before flowing into Txingudi Bay, allows us to navigate on its waters for about 3 hours accompanied by a privileged natural environment.
Txingudi Bay

The extraordinary location of Irún means that the sea and the mountains converge in the Guipuzcoan town. Just 14 kilometers from the city is the magnificent Txingudi Bay, in which the Bidasoa flows into the Cantabrian Sea, while the city is also very close to the Peñas de Aia, the only granite massif in the entire province. Furthermore, you cannot leave the area without first visiting the Pheasant Island, a small islet that for six months a year belongs to Spain and the other six to France.

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