It sits on a hill at an altitude of 790 metres, which allows it to offer an enviable panoramic view, and a few minutes from the splendid natural enclave of Sorogain, the traditional pastureland of the Erro valley, surrounded by beeches, oaks and mountains, whose rounded peaks, such as Bagatxieta and Mearondo, watch over it. The Irati Forest and the monumental complex of the Collegiate Church of Orreaga-Roncesvalles are located in its surroundings. For many pilgrims it is the beginning of the Way in Navarre.
Bizkarreta/Gerendiain was probably founded in the 12th century, historically linked to the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago. It is known that there was a pilgrims' hospital of which few remains remain, being an obligatory stop until the Roncesvalles hospital was built. It is an old place of lordship. The wars had a special incidence in the valley, the long dispute for the dominion of the mount Quinto Real stands out, as well as the different wars against the French. It is worth mentioning the "Battle of Viscarret" which, on 16 October 1794, left more than 200 dead and 700 prisoners. Until the municipal reforms of 1,835-1,845, civil jurisdiction was exercised by the mayor of the valley, while economic jurisdiction corresponded to the town councillors who were appointed in turn among the neighbors. In the middle of the 19th century it had a school and a flour mill was also in operation.
In the village, the parish church dedicated to Saint Peter stands out, proto-Gothic, from the 13th century, which has been altered and enlarged, after being badly damaged in 1794 during the War of the Convention against the French. Its large bells were melted, one in the last years of the 18th century and the other in 1903. A part of the dolmenic sector of Auritz is located in its district, specifically the Mugarri tumulus. The environment leads us to make excursions to places as emblematic and beautiful as Roncesvalles/Orreaga, Selva de Irati, Saint-Jean de Pied de Port or the caves of Xara and Zugarramurdi or hiking in the Pyrenees.
The patron saint fiestas in honour of Santiago are celebrated on 25 July.
Bizkarreta/Gerendiain means in the basque-language 'Zona de lomas', formed by bizkar 'loma', 'colina' and the suffix 'eta' indicating zone or place.
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Bizkarreta/Gerendiain is crossed by the national road N-135 that links Pamplona/Iruña with Roncesvalles/Orreaga and Aóiz.
There is a bus service from Monday to Saturday that covers the Pamplona/Iruña-Roncesvalles/Orreaga line.
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