Penas de Aia, San Sebastian - Donostia

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Aiako Harria in Basque or Peñas de Aya in Spanish, is a massif east of the town of Oiartzun in the Basque Country. The river Oiartzun rises on its north-western face.The range is very popular with the inhabitants of the area. Other neighbouring towns are Irun on the north and Lesaka on the east. The massif comprises three summits extending 4-odd kilometres north to south in a row, namely Irumugarrieta (806 m), Txurrumurru (821 m) and Erroilbide (837 m). Its characteristic shape can be made out approximately from as far as Bayonne (north), the massif being dubbed the "face of Napoleon" on account of its similar outline, while its actual French name is Les Trois Couronnes. At its western foot, the mountain holds the site Arditurri related to ancient Oiasso with a network of mine corridors carved in the rock and put down to Romans. Some notable mountains around are Bianditz (827 m) on the south, Jaizkibel (547 m) on the west and Larrun (905 m) on the north-east.MythologyThe mountain and the surrounding area, besides being dotted with abundant prehistoric vestiges, is home to numerous fairy tales and rich mythological beliefs. The first one refers to the very creation of the mountain. According to a recurrent account in Basque mythology, it is made up of a stone kicked by mythological character Sanson from Jaizkibel, while another suggests that it fell down from a pocket of his when he was bombing the valley with huge rocks.
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  • It is a great nature tour, has a very conpleto path to travel from more than 5hrs, you can also practice mountain biking and regulatory hunting
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  • Be accessed from Irún with a magnificent signage road that lets you reach the asphalted highest point from where you can start ascension to the peaks of the peak. The Basque typical landscape and views as you are uploading are spectacular. People in good physical shape will soon be up and people not accustomed to sports practices also enjoyed, since at no time ascension is hard, long or heavy. We were up in less than an hour! Certainly a natural park leg enjoying and exploring from multiple points. We will return
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