Azkoitia

Azkoitia is a town which is nestled in the Izarraitz mountain range. It was founded in 1324 under the name San Martin de Iraurgi. It currently has 11,000 inhabitants.

The municipality has an important monumental site in its historical centre which in 2005 was declared as a Cultural Heritage site by the Basque Government. This site is comprises of among others Intsausti and Floreaga palaces, tower-houses of Idiakez, Etxe Beltza, Balda and the parish church of Santa Maria la Real. The latter houses the last romantic organ made by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll in 1898.

There are several neighbourhoods surrounding the city centre: Aizpurutxo, Elosua, Madariaga and Martirieta.

The impressive avant-garde buildings comprising the Jorge Oteiza Pelota Courts showcase the town's 'pelotazale' tradition with the works of the renowned Gipuzkoa artist.

The main festivities of Azkoitia are held every year in August (Andramaris) and November (San Andrés)..

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