Located in the foothills of the Aizkorri Massif, the keys of Zerain's development have been mining, sawmilling, and grazing.
The times when the iron and copper mines of Zerain provided the Carlist army with ammunition passed away. In the Iron Route, the mines of the Aizpea Quarter remain as a memory.
The young population's initiative has strengthened the cultural and gastronomic charms, has created a museum, has restored the oldest constructions, and has joined other localities in the organisation of cultural and gastronomic routes.
The idea is to strengthen Zerain and to organise the municipality as a "cultural park", so that the visitors can know more about the ways of life of Gipuzkoa's small villages. They have added up to grazing the great quality of biological products, Idiazabal cheese, farmhouse chicken with quality label, honey, jams, craftsmanship, cider, and the exquisite cuisine of its restaurants. Irresistible charms that Zerain offers to the visitor.
In addition, excursions to mountains like Aizpurua, Oamendi or Otaño, as well as to the Aizpea Height, characteristic due to its curious boat-shaped rock.
Although we cannot affirm it for certain, it is said that Domingo de Goya, the painter's great-grandfather -and even the painter himself- came from this town. That is why there is a statue of Francisco de Goya at the Ethnographic Museum's gate.
DON'T MISS THIS
- Parish Church of Santa María de La Asunción: It has a gothic font, a Romanesque Christ, and the sepulchre of the Cerain Family.
- Ethnographic Museum: Old artisan tools of a grazing and mining past. Exhibition and projection of a diaporama.
- Jáuregui Manor House: Old tower-house where its pointed door, the coat of arms, and the masonry walls stand out.
- Hermitage of San Blas: Its Mudejar choir stands out.
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