Oiartzun is an attractive old town found nestled in the scenic Basque Country. The surrounding landscape is one of rich greenery and dramatic mountains, while the coast nearby is home to some lovely and unspoiled sandy beaches. Oiartzun self-catering accommodation would be perfect for a holiday filled with outdoor adventure or a gastronomic tour of a region with fantastic cuisine.
The town is found in the foothills of the Penas de Aya. This impressive mountain range is protected by a natural park that is laced with trails that allow visitors to discover peaks, dense forests and spectacular valleys. The park is particularly suited to cyclists and horse-riders. One popular route is to trace the Oiartzun river, which can be followed to get to the Arditurri mines, dug 2,000 years ago by the Romans.
If you’re a food lover then a stay at an apartment in Oiartzun would place you within a short distance of some of Spain’s most revered restaurants; Zuberoa enjoys international renown, with two Michelin stars, and is housed in a 15th Century traditional Basque farmhouse. In the area are many more first-class eateries, or you can also sample typical Basque cuisine at one of the many grills close to Oiartzun holiday villas.
Golf enthusiasts will also have plenty of opportunities to indulge in their favourite pastime – the prestigious Real Club de Golf de San Sebastian is the closest, at no more than 10 minutes away, and is more than 100 years old. There are other courses to be found within a half-hour drive, at Biarritz and Saint Jean de Luz.
In the summer months the beaches in the region are very inviting. Much of the coast close to Oiartzun rental apartments is ideal for surfers, while those who find the Spanish costas a little too hot will enjoy the slightly fresher conditions at Basque Country beaches. The city of San Sebastian, just minutes from Oiartzun holiday villas, is home to one of Spain’s best urban beaches.
The Basque Country has milder average weather conditions than many other Spanish regions, with rainfall a little more frequent here, giving rise to the beautiful greenery of its hills and forests. Summers cans still be very warm, especially in July and August, but if you head for an Oiartzun rental villa at any other time of the year, it’s well worth being prepared for damp conditions.
Oiartzun holiday accommodation is about an hour’s drive east of Bilbao Airport (BIO), which has year-round services via easyJet to London-Stansted (STN) and Manchester (MAN).