Rural Sports

This is the name for Basque rural sports. Some of these games are: Harri jasotzea (stone lifting), Aizkolaritza (wood chopping), idi dema (competitions involving oxen dragging heavy stones), pelota (handball), trainera (rowboat regattas), trontza (sawing with two-man hand saws), txinga (races while carrying weight), and sokatira (tug-of- war). Tremendous strength, technique and skill are all required in the various types of herri kirolak. They're all spectacular to watch and generally take place on feast days or festivals in many towns.

Rural sports


Rural Sports

Gipuzkoa offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the rich spectacle of Basque rural sports.

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Basque pelota festival

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