"Go Back in Time in Elorrio" Basque Country Things to Do Tip by DanielF

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The Very Noble and Very Loyal Town of Elorrio is truly a hidden gem. Although not very well known beyond the boundaries of Biscay, it is the most monumental urban ensemble in the Duranguesado region (Durangoaldea in Basque). This region, with its capital in Durango, was a formerly independent lordship, only annexed to Biscay in the 13th century, as a gift from the King of Castile in return for the help given in the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa against the Moors. This annexation was not documented until the 17th century, though.

The old town of Elorrio is entirely composed of urban palaces and historical buildings which have been delightfully renovated. In the pedestrian-friendly centre, the sturdy stone buildings, often embellished with coats of arms, bring you back to the 14th century, when the town was founded by don Tello, Lord of Biscay and of Aguilar de Campoo, as a defensive post against the neighbouring Guipuzcoa, and as an urban counterpoint to the power of the rural noblemen.

The entire Old Town is actually listed as a Historic-Artistic Monument. Most of the stately buildings are due to the fortunes made in the trade with the American territories. Among the most impressive buildings, the Palaces of Estéibar?Arauna, Arabio, Arezpakoetxea, Olazábal, Laríz and Urkizu, and the Town Hall will certainly attract your attention. Finally, the Church of Saint Augustin, built in the 15th century, is one of the largest and richest in the Basque Country

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  • Updated Jun 23, 2008
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