Back to top
You are in: HOME · ARAIA (ÁLAVA - ARABA)

Did you know that... Araia

 

At the edge of the Aizkorri-Aratz Natural Park, surrounded by the Alzania and Entzia mountain ranges, to the northwest of the province of Álava, País Vasco, Araia forms part, along with nine other localities, of the municipality of Aspárrena of which it is the capital. It is known of the existence of population settlements in the area since ancient times. The Roman inscriptions on the walls of the parish church of San Pedro remain unperturbed. Araia was also in the layout of the Roman road that joined Bordeaux with Astorga. Witnesses of the High Middle Ages are the ruins of the Araia Castle that was built as a defence of frontiers.

Araia

A little more history

 

But it is in the Middle Ages when it appears named, Harhaiha, in written documents, as in the Boto or Reja de San Millán, between the twelfth or thirteenth centuries. Araia was also a milestone on an important medieval route, a pilgrimage route to Santiago, and a trade route, which, coming from the port of San Adrián, reached the Llanada Alavesa. The water that flows through its territory, together with the iron in its subsoil, have marked the socio-economic and cultural character of Araia, especially in the 19th century when one of the most important metallurgical industries in the País Vasco settled in the locality. Today, its industry, which is by no means negligible, is based on workshops, logistics and food industries.

Church of San Pedro in Araia

What to see in Araia?

 

Immersed in a privileged environment, Araia is the starting point for mountain and hiking routes that ascend mountains such as Aitzgorri, Aratz, Umandia... or follow the paths of the Altzania and Entzia mountain ranges. A mountain route of the place, par excellence, is that of the Path of the Nacedero of the river Zirauntza, very concurred is also the section of the variant of the Way of Saint James that united Álava and Guipúzcoa by the tunnel of San Adrián.

Palace of the Ajuria in Araia

To discover

 

But the town centre of Araia also offers interesting places to discover: the 15th century church of San Pedro with a beautiful portico of Tuscan columns; the 18th century Baroque Town Hall with the coat of arms of the Asparrena Brotherhood on its façade; The hermitage of Andra Mari, formerly known as the hermitage of the Assumption, dates from the 18th century; the parish church of the now defunct village of Amamio; the 12th century Romanesque hermitage of San Juan de Amamio; the Ajuria palace; the humilladero. In short, a pleasant walk for the recreation of the visitor.

Andra Mari Hermitage in Araia

Festivities

 

Araia celebrates its patron saint festivities in honour of San Pedro on 29 June. On 15 August it is the Andra Mari neighbourhood of Araia that celebrates its festivity.

 

Traditions

 

During the celebration of the San Pedro festivities in Araia, and since the beginning of the 20th century, a traditional Tamborrada takes place, which has become one of the most important festivities in the town.

 

Advertisement

 

Curiosities

 

The Mitxarro de Araia Museum is located within the framework of the San Pedro de Araia Hydroelectric Power Station, where the Asparena Nature Interpretation Centre and the Centre for Renewable Energies are also located. The mitxarro or grey dormouse is the protagonist of the interpretative exhibition of the Centre and through it the natural and cultural heritage of the place becomes known and interrelated.

Town Hall in Araia

The Legend

 

It is said that one day two groups of charcoal workers, one from Bizkaia and the other from Alava, working in the Araia industries, began to discuss their axes and which were the ones that best cut the trees destined for charcoal. While the Alaveses maintained that the best were theirs because they had a square mouth, the Biscayans claimed that theirs with a round mouth cut the wood better and faster. To resolve this discussion, they agreed to meet on the following Sunday and demonstrate their skills and those of their tools. Who won? All of them, because the competitors and the people of the town who came to the show ended the day with a great party in which music and food were assured. Hence, many say that the championships of aizkolaris, woodcutters with axes, started in Araia.

 

 

OTHER PLANS AND EXCURSIONS IN ÁLAVA

 


Ico_senderosIco rutas flora y faunaIco rutas senderismo con niños en familia

 

 

SOME ROUTES BY ARAIA AND SURROUNDINGS

 

 


Ico rutas patrimonio culturalIco rutas turismoIco rutas patrimonio natural

 

 

MORE PLACES TO VISIT IN ÁLAVA

 


Ico monumentoIco lugar de interés turísticoIco pueblo con encanto

 

 

OTHER CHARMING VILLAGES OF ÁLAVA

 


Ico actividadesIco restauranteIco alojamientos

 

 

MAYBE YOU'RE LOOKING FOR...

 

 

Advertisement

Get to Araia by car

 

To get to Araia we have to follow the A-1, and it is in the section between Salvatierra and Alsasua where we will find the exit that gives access to this town in Alava.

 

By bus

 

Araia has daily bus services that connect it with Vitoria-Gasteiz, Salvatierra-Agurain, Zalduondo and the other towns along the route.

 

By train

 

Araia station is about two kilometres from the main centre of the town, specifically in the vicinity of Albeniz, where trains stop for a medium-distance journey and connect it with Irún, Miranda de Ebro, Vitoria, Zaragoza or even Madrid.​

 

 

 


SENDITUR is not responsible for any variation in the information described, as well as for the misuse of its guides and recommends that everyone be responsible and prudent in carrying out the activity. Likewise, we invite you to document yourself with books and specialized guides to complement the information described. From the commitment of SENDITUR with Nature and the respect to the balance of the environment, SENDITUR urges you to travel in a responsible way, with low environmental impact and respecting at all times the Natural, Cultural and Social environment wherever you go. For any suggestion, SENDITUR invites you to send an email to .

Share your experience

Maximum size 2MB

*.gpx, *.kmz, *.kml, *.plt

List of Routes
  • Closeness
  • First name
  • Difficulty
  • Distance
  • Duration
  • Assessment
PATHS IN FAMILY
1
Difficulty-Low

1:35 h.4 km.

Path of the Source of the River Zirauntza
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category, level 2. Short walks, with little unevenness and without difficulties.
FLORA AND FAUNA PATHS
0
Difficulty-Medium

2:00 h.6.4 km.

Route of the Centenary Oaks
Difficulty-MediumCategory of difficulty green, level 3. Excursions of moderate distance and slope, not exceeding even great distances or slopes.
FLORA AND FAUNA IN FAMILY
1
Difficulty-Medium

3:40 h.12.8 km.

Circular route to the Ullíbarri-Gamboa reservoir
Difficulty-MediumCategory of difficulty green, level 3. Excursions of moderate distance and slope, not exceeding even great distances or slopes.
TOURISM
0
Difficulty-Low

72:00 h.340 km.

Route of the charming villages of Álava
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category, level 2. Short walks, with little slope and no difficulties.
Dolmen of Sorginetxe and Dolmen of Aizkomendi
Arrizala, Álava - Araba
Dolmen of Sorginetxe and Dolmen of Aizkomendi
Aizkorri-Aratz Natural Park
Oñati, Guipúzcoa - Gipuzkoa
Aizkorri-Aratz Natural Park

Where the highest peaks of the Basque Country can be found

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Arantzazu
Oñati, Guipúzcoa - Gipuzkoa
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Arantzazu
Natural Park of Urbasa and Andía
Zudaire, Navarra
Natural Park of Urbasa and Andía

Between the mountains and the Middle Zone of Navarre

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Estíbaliz
Argandoña, Álava - Araba
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Estíbaliz

Home of the Patron Saint of Alava, a jewel of Alava's Romanesque style.

Izki Natural Park
Corres-Korres, Álava - Araba
Izki Natural Park
Monastery of Santa María la Real in Iranzu
Abárzuza, Navarra
Monastery of Santa María la Real in Iranzu

At the bottom of a valley near a river and as horizon the sky

Sanctuary of San Miguel de Aralar
Uharte/Arakil, Navarra
Sanctuary of San Miguel de Aralar

Jewel of Romanesque architecture, centre of spirituality

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Codés
Torralba del Río, Navarra
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Codés
Sanctuary of Loyola
Azpeitia, Guipúzcoa - Gipuzkoa
Sanctuary of Loyola

Monumental, spiritual and religious complex

Necropolis of Argiñeta
Elorrio, Vizcaya - Bizkaia
Necropolis of Argiñeta

One of the most important funerary monuments of Euskadi

Las Gobas Archaeological Site
Laño, Burgos
Las Gobas Archaeological Site
Sanctuary of Urkiola
Abadiño/Zelaieta, Vizcaya - Bizkaia
Sanctuary of Urkiola

Sanctuary of the Santos Antonios, one of the oldest and most venerated in Vizcaya

Otzarreta Beech Forest
Zeanuri, Vizcaya - Bizkaia
Otzarreta Beech Forest
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Gold
Zuya/Zuia, Álava - Araba
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Gold
See restaurants in Araia
Araia, Álava - Araba
See restaurants in Araia

Araia, Álava - Araba

See accommodation in Araia
Araia, Álava - Araba
See accommodation in Araia

Araia, Álava - Araba

See things to do in Araia
Araia, Álava - Araba
See things to do in Araia

Araia, Álava - Araba

Copyright © 2020 SENDITUR