A simple family path that links the towns of Saragüeta and Lusarreta, in the Arce Valley. It is planned as a linear route of little more than an hour, which ends at the famous stone granary of Lusarreta. The return journey is made along the same itinerary.
– 1.7 km (3.3 km round trip)
– Unevenness 100 m
– Difficulty: low. Family route
We will make the route marked out as ORANGE from Saragüeta to Lusarreta (SL Camino de las Aldeas). We will look for the starting panel of the same one next to the last curve of the access road to the village. We will see the recently restored village washhouse nearby. The first section is a wet descent along a mossy path, which seeks the passage of the Botorrekalde stream, the first of several that we will cross (depending on the season). The route is a continuous climb and descent, although the total difference in height barely reaches 100 m. We will always have the Peñas de Aintzioa watching on the left hand side.
We will arrive at the aska (watering place) of Iturrizar, accessing it through a beautiful, low, black anti-cattle door, which we will close to prevent the animals from leaving. We will go up the slopes and meadows of Itxaurmendi, following the marks and orange posts strategically placed by Casa Monaut, until we reach a clear change of direction that will lead us to the new village. I am planning on the slopes of Meatzerrekalde. A few metres down, the ruins of the boathouse will show us the right way.
With Lusarreta already in sight, our goal is near. We will still have to pass a recently cleared slope (be careful not to lose height or gain it, looking for the orange marks and stakes). The path is diffuse until we reach a narrow section, a crossroads of the Meatzerrekalde. We will go through a new gate, which we will close, to end up climbing the last steps through a meadow of horse pasture and enter the village. Nearby we will find the famous stone granary with its curious steep access staircase. Nowadays, it is occupied inside and only the outside can be visited. We can complete the visit by the small village with its Romanesque church.
For the return, we have to plan a second car in Lusarreta or repeat the way of going.