It is located on the right bank of the river Erro, being the geographical centre of the valley of the same name. Ancient place of royal lordship, like the rest of the localities of the Erro Valley, until the first half of the nineteenth century it was governed by the mayor of the valley to whom the civil jurisdiction corresponded, but not the economic that corresponded to the town councillors who were appointed in turn among the neighbors. At this time the children went to the school of Bizkarreta/Gerendiain and the post was brought by local roads from Burguete/Auritz.
In the town is the parish church of San Saturnino, Romanesque construction, whose origin dates back to the thirteenth century, having undergone changes in the sixteenth century, in addition to some interesting Basque stockbreeding houses with coats of arms and inscriptions engraved on the doors.
In addition to the pilgrimage to Roncesvalles in May and the popular Día del Valle festival, the patron saint fiestas in honour of the Nativity are celebrated on 8 September.
As we climb to the top of Erro along the Camino de Santiago, very close to where it crosses the road, we can see three large stones, surely some ancient menhirs, one larger than the other two and according to legend mark the passage of Roldan, his wife and his son. The truth is that the stones seem to come from very distant places of this valley and this unknown about their origin surrounds them with mystery, generating suggestive stories about who brought them, how and why.
The three menhirs or big stones that we find in the outskirts of Lintzoáin, the popular fantasy calls them "the steps of Roland": the biggest one, it marks the measure of the step of the Paladín, the median the one of the step of his wife and the small one the one of the son. They are also related to the legend of the giant Errolan, an interesting figure in Basque mythology who is said to have lived in a cave until the age of eighteen, feeding on the milk of a goat he had with him and because of this he possessed a huge force and was dedicated to throwing huge stones from one mountain to another, or from one valley to another.
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Lintzoáin is reached by the NA-2584 which connects this town with the N-135 between Pamplona/Iruña and Roncesvalles/Orreaga. The detour can be found on the section of road that goes from Erro to Bizkarreta/Gerendiain.
There is a bus service from Monday to Saturday that covers the Pamplona/Iruña-Roncesvalles/Orreaga line.
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