The municipality has two important parts, the town centre and the monastery of Ziortza.

In the town centre we find the church, the pelota court, the museum and the life and customs of its people. Simón Bolivar has special importance in the municipality. Simón the old emigrated to the Americas in search of fortune. The son of the Errementarikua farmhouse did not know that one of his ancestors would carry the name of Bolivar throughout America. Since then there has been a close relationship between South America and Ziortza-Bolibar. The museum has two floors, the first explains the way of life and heritage of the Middle Ages and the second shows the figure of Simon Bolivar.

The monastery of Ziortza-Bolibar dates back to the 10th century. In 968 the parishioners who were in the church of Santa Lucía observed how an eagle took a skull from the cemetery and deposited it where the religious area is today. They took this as a sign, and decided to build the collegiate church there. Since then, the eagle with its skull in its claws has occupied the coat of arms of the municipality. It was the only collegiate church in Bizkaia, now transformed into a monastery.

In 1380, it was rebuilt and more buildings were added, and after the fire of 1954, the entire façade of the monastery was retouched.

Rest area: Collegiate Church of Cenarruza

The Collegiate Church of Cenarruza is a peaceful and spiritual place. There you can take short walks enjoying the silence, finding peace and with the possibility of spending a few days in the centre, many take advantage of a break from their daily routine and strengthen their inner knowledge.

Ziortza-Bolibar Town Hall website


What to do / see

The village of Bolibar

If something is known about the town of Bolibar, it is for being the cradle of the ancestors of Simon Bolivar, the architect of the Spanish-American emancipation.

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Route of the Way of Saint James

The Coastal Way, which runs along the coast of Gipuzkoa to enter the western limits of Bizkaia, is one of the most primitive pilgrimage routes to Compostela. On this route, the seafaring and agricultural Basque Country coexist, as well as the urban and the rural.

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Simon Bolivar Museum

The Errementarikua farmhouse houses the Simón Bolívar Museum, the "Liberator". The museum and in general the whole of Ziortza-Bolibar is a point of interest for pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago along the coast.

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Zenarruza Monastery

Get to know Cenarruza and its importance on the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago de Compostela. Experience the spirituality and tranquillity of the place by staying in the monastery.

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Santo Tomás Church

Santo Tomás is the patron saint of Bolibar. The winter festivals mark its calendar. The church of Santo Tomás is another of the municipality's medieval treasures.

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Gastronomy Association

Some companies in Lea-Artibai have created the wine and gastronomy tourism club, which offers stays, menus, visits, products and activities, all linked to quality.



The Ikestei farmhouse is located in the Iruzubieta district of Ziortza-Bolibar. The farmhouse is known as Ikestei azpi and was built in 1975, as the previous farmhouse fell down after flooding.

Monte Baserria

The farmhouse is located in a peaceful environment, ideal for rest, in the centre of a region (Lea-Artibai) that allows all kinds of activities including nightlife, gastronomy, parties, all kind of outdoor sports...

Usandi Aterpetxea

Usandi Aterpetxea is located in the centre of the village of Bolibar, where the Way of Saint James and the Wine and Fish Route pass through. The hostel has private rooms for groups and families.

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