Zegama, popularly known as "The shadow of Aizkorri", is a town and municipality in the Goierri region of the province of Gipuzkoa, in the autonomous community of the Basque Country, northern Spain.

Zegama
View of Zegama from Aizkorri
View of Zegama from Aizkorri
Zegama is located in Spain
Zegama
Zegama
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 42°58′36″N 2°17′27″W / 42.97667°N 2.29083°W / 42.97667; -2.29083
CountrySpain
Autonomous community Basque Country
ProvinceGipuzkoa
EskualdeaGoierri
Government
 • MayorJoseba Izagirre Arocena (Zegama Lantzen)
Area
 • Total35.07 km2 (13.54 sq mi)
Population
 (2018)[1]
 • Total1,519
 • Density43/km2 (110/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Zegamar
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
20215
Official language(s)Basque, Spanish
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

Nature and cultureEdit

 
Otzaurte right on the dividing line between major watersheds

Zegama's main characteristic is its natural location as the last Gipuzkoan town up the valley of river Oria, very close to the Aizkorri-Aratz Natural Park, in which the highest mountain in the Basque Autonomous Community can be found, the popular Aizkorri summit (1,528 m), located at the same name mountain range towering over the whole area. The Oria river, the longest one in the province of Gipuzkoa, rises in several springs and their corresponding streams flowing down the dramatic slopes of the valley that merge in a main stream before the nucleus of the town. The southern Otzaurte hamlet (IPA: /o'tsaurte/) stands on the dividing line of the waters running onto the Mediterranean watershed and those flowing north to the Atlantic through the Oria river.

The historic Way of St James, namely the stretch called the Tunnel Route, passes through the town, the municipality and the Park since the Middle Ages. Pilgrims exit the town heading south up the slopes, so reaching the San Adrian tunnel after 5 km, where backpackers and hikers may gain access to the plains of Alava, the Urbia fields or the summits of the rugged Aizkorri mountain range.

ClimateEdit

The climate in Zegama is typical of the eastern Cantabrian area, temperate and humid, with an average temperature of around 12 °C. There are around 180 rainy days a year. Autumn can be quite windy.

EconomyEdit

The main economic activities are those related to industry, but agriculture does still exist. Cattle, especially sheep, graze on the sides of the mountainous terrain, following a tradition of millennia, as attested by old traces and megalithic vestiges that bear witness to the activity. The grazing provides the basis for the production of the much appreciated and highly regarded Idiazabal cheese elaborated and labelled as such on the whole Aizkorri-Aratz area and the Basque mountains.

SportsEdit

The most important event that takes place in Zegama every year is the Zegama-Aizkorri Alpine Marathon [1], part of the Skyrunner World Series [2], which is the alpine marathon world championship.

Notables of ZegamaEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.

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