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

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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.

Tourist offices in the area

Cultural visits

Arco Ciudad Rodrigo
It is a village to put aside stress and let time goes by from a terrace of the Plaza de Armas in the heart of the historic center or San Pedro Street, in the neighborhood of La Marina. More info.
The Oiasso Museum
The Oiasso Museum is an archeological museum that meets the remains of Roman times found in the town of Irún, the ancient Oiasso cited in the Roman sources.
The San Telmo Museum is the Municipal Museum of the City of San Sebastián, devoted to illustrating the evolution of the Basque society, mostly through pieces of ethnography and fine arts.

Rural tourism


More information on natural areas

Enjoy and visit Guipúzcoa and its different routes. See Routes

walking or cycling tours

paseos a pie o en bici
Paths and Trails
For people who like nature and feel part of it. We recommend exploring the mountains, footpath and bike path of Hondarribi-Irún here aquí
Road Bike
Mountain bike routes in Hondarribia and its surroundings
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.

Road of SANTIAGO on the coast
The best of the Basque coast through an ancestral route. A unique opportunity. The so-called Coast road that crosses the coastline Gipuzkoa to enter the western limits of Bizkaia, is one of the most primitive routes of pilgrimage to Compostela …More info


From San Sebastián
Just get to San Sebastián La Concha Beach invites you to a bath or a pleasant walk along its shores, even in winter. The elegance of its bay, framed by Mount Igueldo and the island of Santa Clara, is world renowned. Learn More
When it is not celebrating the most mass festivals in France, Bayonne is a relaxed and stress-free city, full of beautiful Basque-style houses, with colourful beams and wooden shutters. The most picturesque area is located on the banks of the river Nive… Read more
The Ocean
The Bay of Txingudi and its beaches are bathed 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. Read more

Events and activities

Plaza de Ciudad Rodrigo
Markets and Fairs
events throughout the year in Hondarribia, Irún and the region more info

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