The surrounding area of Ballestanea is a privileged rural setting, overlooking Mount Jaizkibel by the west, the Cantabrian Sea by the north and the nearest town of Iparralde Hendaye by the east.
In the adjoining terrain is the hermitage of Santiagotxo dating from the 12th century. In the Middle Ages, pilgrims who were on their way to Compostela passed through here and the pilgrimages were likely to pass through here. The pilgrims used two different ways to reach their destination: the way of the coast and the one that passed through Navarre. The way of the coast is older and for a time it was less risk for the presence of the Arabs in the way of the inside road.
Its surroundings are covered with vegetation, shadows in the open air, water in the fountain of the Hermitage of Santiagotxo, a place where enjoy a break, tasting the products of the area, after a walk, bike …
There is a variety of places to visit and activities to enjoy
At Ballestanea, we want that your stay wil be comfortable, it doesn’t matter if you would like to rest or just enjoy the area. There are different proposals.
The Oiasso Museum
Museum SAN TELMO
Natural Areas COSTA GUIPÚZCOA
- Talaia Hondarribia-Pasai Donibane
- Geopark of the Basque coast: Flysch and Karst experience
- Tidal plain and cliffs of Algorri (Zumaia)
- Monte San Antón (mouse of Getaria)
- The holm-oaks of Artadi (Zumaia)
- The meander and the islands of Bedua (Zumaia)
- Dune and marshes of Santiago (Zumaia)
- The dunes of Zarautz
- The estuary of Zarautz
Routes in GUIPUZCOA
walking or cycling tours
Paths and Trails
The bay and the River
Boat trip: The boat trips along the Bidasoa River and its estuary will show you the cultural and natural values of the region. They are available to the general public in the summer season although there are guided tours for groups all year round.
Way of the Bay: the Bay of Txingudi and its beaches bathe in the Cantabrian sea, or “Golfe de Gascogne” in French, where formerly basques used to fish the whale and whose whalers boats, called “traineras”, serve today as traditional sport practice.
Marshes of Txingudi: This ecological park formed by marshes, lagoons, alder, meadows and islands form a great diversity of habitats.