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Koldobika Jauregi

Koldobika Jauregi

It is the nest of an experience. A cultural and landscape nest where you can find everything.

Koldobika Jauregi · Sculptor

Hello, my name is Koldobika Jauregi and I am writing from the slopes of Mount Hernio. My ancestors all came from villages near here, close to Mount Hernio; my father was from Larraul and I myself now live in Alkiza.

They had little choice about where to live, but after eight years living there and after various sojourns abroad, I decided that this little corner of Alkiza was where I wanted to live. So in my case, it is a question of choice.

I was born at the end of the 1950s, and I've seen many changes... in customs, in the landscape and in politics. I became a sculptor and that has been my trade to this day.

In 2010 I did the design for the Ur Mara Museum, based on the experience I had acquired abroad.

Life moves on.

Gipuzkoa stands at the junction between the Cantabrian Sea and the foothills of the Pyrenees. So it is both sea and mountain; it is full of valleys and mountain peaks. We speak in Basque, we like to sing, dance and eat well.

A cultural and landscape nest where you can find everything. My family have always lived on the slopes of Mount Hernio, in the heartland of Gipuzkoa. Romerías (religious processions and festivities) and magic.

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Is an emblem of contemporary Basque art, but it is also one of our most spiritual spots. It is a place where the old and the new converge, a symbol of ideological resistance. This is the path of Lope de Aguirre and the shepherds. The University of Oñati…


Is an emblem of contemporary Basque art, but it is also one of our most spiritual spots. It is a place where the old and the new converge, a symbol of ideological resistance. This is the path of Lope de Aguirre and the shepherds. The University of Oñati…

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Mount Ulia in San Sebastian

Until I was 17 years old, I lived in the Gros district and it was the most normal thing in the world to head out via Monpas and climb to the top of Ulia, to go to the whaling rocks and then down to the sea to climb the rocks there. That was how I came to discover this natural heritage site which is now a Special Area of Conservation or SAC. The landscape is extraordinary; it brings back all those fantastic aromas of my childhood. Seagulls and limpets.


Until I was 17 years old, I lived in the Gros district and it was the most normal thing in the world to head out via Monpas and climb to the top of Ulia, to go to the whaling rocks and then down to the sea to climb the rocks there. That was how I came to discover this natural heritage site which is now a Special Area of Conservation or SAC. The landscape is extraordinary; it brings back all those fantastic aromas of my childhood. Seagulls and limpets.

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Iturraran Plant Fair

The fair is held at the end of April each year, in the Pagoeta Nature Park. To my mind, it's one of the most worthy activities to be organised in the last 17 years. The area is run by the Provincial Government. Here, you can feel proud of our tradition, our architecture and, at the same time enjoy this place with all its forests and plant life. I recommend going to the annual plant collectors' fair. The site also includes the Iturraran Interpretation Centre, a great place to discover more about local architecture. The Laurgain district and the mills of Agorregi are also nearby.


The fair is held at the end of April each year, in the Pagoeta Nature Park. To my mind, it's one of the most worthy activities to be organised in the last 17 years. The area is run by the Provincial Government. Here, you can feel proud of our tradition, our architecture and, at the same time enjoy this place with all its forests and plant life. I recommend going to the annual plant collectors' fair. The site also includes the Iturraran Interpretation Centre, a great place to discover more about local architecture. The Laurgain district and the mills of Agorregi are also nearby.

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River Leizaran and River Urumea

These two magical, mysterious sites are reflected in local legends. The Navarrese route of the Camino de Santiago. The rivers are full of pebbles, mills and witches. People used to come here to the rivers with their families, more than they do today. They'd spend the day here, leaving their cider bottles in the water to cool, in amongst the minnows, the crabs and the trout. In those days, around forty years ago, the paper mills were heavy polluters, but the tributary rivers were beautiful, fascinating places, and they're well worth discovering today. Our rivers are natural roads linking the different villages. I've had many a nap in the cool shade on the riverbank. And these days, because there are fewer people, it's like being out of this world, in some paradise.


These two magical, mysterious sites are reflected in local legends. The Navarrese route of the Camino de Santiago. The rivers are full of pebbles, mills and witches. People used to come here to the rivers with their families, more than they do today. They'd spend the day here, leaving their cider bottles in the water to cool, in amongst the minnows, the crabs and the trout. In those days, around forty years ago, the paper mills were heavy polluters, but the tributary rivers were beautiful, fascinating places, and they're well worth discovering today. Our rivers are natural roads linking the different villages. I've had many a nap in the cool shade on the riverbank. And these days, because there are fewer people, it's like being out of this world, in some paradise.

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Cave Paintings of Ekain, Zestoa

This is a great way of learning more about our past and our prehistoric "Sistine Chapel". Gipuzkoa contains many extant remains from the Megalithic and other ages, and many have had a strong influence on contemporary art too.

A replica has been built of the Ekain Cave, which enables many more people to admire this gem of our heritage.

I am a great fan of this type of site, and there are plenty of them on the other side of the border.

I got to see the paintings themselves before the replica was built and they really made an impression on me. It is well worth discovering the cave and letting others know about it. Very few people from elsewhere have heard of it.


This is a great way of learning more about our past and our prehistoric "Sistine Chapel". Gipuzkoa contains many extant remains from the Megalithic and other ages, and many have had a strong influence on contemporary art too.

A replica has been built of the Ekain Cave, which enables many more people to admire this gem of our heritage.

I am a great fan of this type of site, and there are plenty of them on the other side of the border.

I got to see the paintings themselves before the replica was built and they really made an impression on me. It is well worth discovering the cave and letting others know about it. Very few people from elsewhere have heard of it.

Go to the web

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