Irun borders with the North Basque Country (Iparralde) and is located in the historical territory of Gipuzkoa within Bidasoa-Txingudi region. Beautiful mountains, such as Peña de Aia (837m), Jaizkibel (545m) and San Marcial Mountains surround the area.
There are numerous places that are worth visiting such as the hermitage of Santa Elena, for example, close to the old part of the town, where several archaeological remains have been found, and has been used as a place for worship over 20 centuries. The elegant church of Juncal, which is home to a Gothic image of the virgin of Juncal, is the most ancient in Gipuzkoa. To sum up the historical heritage, it should be noted that the Urdania Palace is a beautiful Renaissance building.
We'll continue the visit with the town's emblematic hermitage of San Marcial, located in the mountain area and from the viewpoint close to it, we will enjoy the fascinating scenery offered by the Bay of Txingudi.
Regarding the natural environment, we should not forget the granite Peña de Aia Mountain that hides several treasures. Nature lovers will also have the chance to visit the Plaiaundi Ecological Park that houses a wide range of plants and animals. In the middle of the river Bidasoa, Irun and the neighbouring Hendaye share the Faisanes Isle, which is a gorgeous enclave that witnessed many conferences in the 17th century.
If we are planning a visit at the end of June, we will have a great time at the traditional festival of San Marcial. The Alarde (literally means a military review) is the central event of the festivity that commemorates the town's victory against the French soldiers in 1522. On June 30th, thousands of citizens wearing uniforms march towards San Marcial Mountain and celebrate a crowded open-air festival.
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