It belongs to the municipality of Esteríbar, under Mount Measkoiz, on the left bank of the river Arga. In 1427 it seems to form a single council with Ezquíroz; its neighbours were all noblemen, therefore free of lordly burdens. Until the municipal reforms of 1,835-1,845, it had as its own authority a councillor who was chosen in turn among the houses, apart from the common authorities of the Esteríbar valley.
It has large mansions that sometimes frame the façade with buttresses and semicircular arch doors. The parish church of Santa Lucía, which is shared with Ezkirotz, is of medieval origin but completely transformed in the 16th century. The baptismal font dates back to medieval times.
The patron saint fiestas in honour of Santa Cruz are celebrated on 14 September.
It is a tradition to go on pilgrimage to the hermitage of Santa Lucía or "La Abadía" on 14 September and 13 December.
Although it is not expressly stated, it could be identified with the place numbered between Ostériz and Aquerreta with the hagiónimo, or name of saint, of San Martín.
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We arrive at Ilarratz from the N-135 between Pamplona/Iruña and Roncesvalles/Orreaga, taking the diversion of the NA-2336 that we will find at the Urdániz pass and that takes us towards Ilarratz.
There is a bus service from Monday to Saturday, which makes the route Pamplona/Iruña-Roncesvalles/Orreaga, another service is Pamplona/Iruña-Zubiri-Eugui from Monday to Friday.
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