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Located in the exuberant Oria estuary valley, Tolosa invites you to explore its history- and tradition-rich streets. This picturesque town is a reflection of the Basque Country’s rich culture.

Did you know that Tolosa was the capital of Gipuzkoa for a brief period during the 19th century?

Found in the heart of the Basque region, Tolosa has played a crucial role in history as a crossroads between Castile, Navarre, and France.

Its strategic location lent it particular importance in its early days. In the year 1200, when Gipuzkoa was incorporated into Castile, Alfonso .

In the year 1200, when Guipúzcoa was integrated into Castile, Alfonso X the Wise recognized the importance of Tolosa, naming it Villa and granting it its charter in 1256. This event marked a turning point in its development and prestige.

Al pasear por Tolosa, te encontrarás con su rica historia y patrimonio que ofrecen una ventana única al pasado. Each street, building and monument tells the story of a place where cultures and traditions intertwine. Among its must-see sites are the Arch of Castile, the last remnant of medieval Tolosa; Navarre Bridge, an emblematic stone structure from the 13th century and a crucial connection with Navarre; the Santa María Church, the second largest church in Gipuzkoa that has fused together different architectural styles over its more than 200 years of history; Aramburu Palace, a noteworthy example of Basque Baroque architecture; Casa Lapaza, a significant example of Basque architecture; and many other treasures.

Don’t miss the town’s weekly market: Every Saturday, the Tolosa market comes to life, offering an explosion of local flavours and colours, perfect for diving into daily Basque life. The market has been held every Saturday in the area known as the Tinglado since 1785. We also suggest you don’t miss out on their sweets, with noteworthy treats including petit four and candy cigarettes!