Just a few kilometres from the French border and the Baztan valley, tucked into an indentation in the hillside, stands this enchanting municipality whose name evokes ancient times of magic and akelarres
It is surrounded by a vast, lush blue-green blanket of vegetation, only interrupted by isolated farmhouses and the cows grazing placidly in the meadows.
The charm of the village is enhanced by the austerity of the ancient, rambling houses that guard the church of The Assumption
. During the War of Independence, French troops razed part of the parish church and it had to be rebuilt in the 19th century.
A few minutes from the town are the cave of Zugarramurdi
, infamous as the place where the mythical akelarres, or witches' covens, used to be held. For this reason, 16 women were executed by the Inquisition in the 16th century.
To commemorate this legendary past, on 18th August each year a 'zikiro-jatea' is held in the caves, a gastronomic festival featuring lamb roasted on stakes.
Did you know that...?
"Las Brujas de Zugarramurdi", película dirigida por Alex de la Iglesia y protagonizada por actores de primera fila como Carmen Maura, Terele Pávez o Hugo Silva, rodada en gran parte en escenarios de esta localidad, ha sido premiada con 8 Goyas en 2014.