Arraia-Maeztu (Basque pronunciation: [arai.a maes̻tu], Spanish: Arraya-Maestu [aˈraʝa maˈestu]),[2] is a municipality located in the province of Álava, in the Basque Country, northern Spain.

Coat of arms of Arraia-Maeztu
Arraia-Maeztu is located in Basque Country
Location of Alegría-Dulantzi within the Basque Country
Coordinates: 42°44′26″N 2°26′46″W / 42.74056°N 2.44611°W / 42.74056; -2.44611Coordinates: 42°44′26″N 2°26′46″W / 42.74056°N 2.44611°W / 42.74056; -2.44611
Autonomous communityBasque Country
ComarcaMontaña Alavesa
 • MayorAnartz Gorrotxategi Elorriaga (EAJ/PNV)
 • Total123.11 km2 (47.53 sq mi)
658 m (2,159 ft)
 • Total717
 • Density5.8/km2 (15/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
01120, 01128, 01129
Official language(s)Basque
WebsiteOfficial website

This municipality was formed in 1958 by the merger of the municipalities of Apellániz, Arraya and Laminoria. It was originally called Maestu, but in 1987 adopted its current name.[3]


Administrative subdivisionsEdit

The municipality contains 16 villages, organized into 10 concejos.

Official name Basque name Spanish name Population (2021)[4] Area (km2) Notes
Apellániz/Apilaiz Apilaiz Apellániz 112 16.23 Concejo
Atauri Atauri Atauri 30 4.18 Concejo
Azazeta Azazeta Azáceta 76 7.70 Concejo
Comunidades Comunidades 0 16.30 Agricultural common
Korres Korres Corres 30 13.24 Concejo
Maeztu/Maestu Maeztu Maestu 335 11.00 Concejo, capital of the municipality
Onraita/Erroeta Erroeta Onraita 18 6.52 Concejo
Real Valle de Laminoria/Laminoriako Erret Harana Laminoriako Erret Harana Real Valle de Laminoria 81 21.67 Concejo, composed of the following hamlets: Aletxa, Arenaza, Cicujano, Ibisate, Leorza and Musitu
Róitegui/Erroitegi Erroitegi Róitegui 26 4.71 Concejo
Sabando Sabando Sabando 43 8.86 Concejo
Vírgala Mayor/Birgaragoien Birgaragoien Vírgala Mayor 48 12.12 Concejo, includes the hamlet of Vírgala Menor

Notable peopleEdit

  • Juan Bautista de Gámiz [eu] (1696–1773), Jesuit priest and poet. He wrote primarily in Spanish, but some of his poems were in Basque and are of great importance to the study of the history of the language.[5]


  1. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.
  2. ^ "150. arauaː Arabako herri izendegia" (PDF). Euskaltzaindia (in Basque). Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  3. ^ Arozamena Ayala, Ainhoa. "Arraia-Maeztu". Auñamendi Encyclopedia (in Spanish). Eusko Ikaskuntza. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Nomenclátor: Núcleos". Entidades Locales de Álava (in Spanish). Diputación Foral de Álava. p. 1 January 2021. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  5. ^ Zuloaga San Román, Eneko. "Gámiz, Juan Bautista". Auñamendi Encyclopedia (in Spanish). Eusko Ikaskuntza. Retrieved 19 May 2022.

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