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ELGOIBAR: machine and tool, working hand in hand

Elgoibar is basically an industrial town, whose most important activity is machine tool production. Some artisan arms and shotgun industries still remain as a way of carrying on the traditional arms production of the area.

Museum of Machine Tooling

On the other hand, the village is surrounded by beautiful mountains which provide the backdrop for some interesting outings. Between Karakate and Irukurutzeta, for example, there is a beautiful ridge formation which anthropologist Don José Miguel de Barandiaran called "The Route of the Dolmens". This route is home to important archaeological sites, a highlight of which is the large number of dolmens and burial mounds.

The splendid baroque monuments of the Town Hall and the Church of San Bartolome are focal points in the life of the town, together with a number of old houses with an arcade, and a jai-alai court which closes off the space towards the river.

Outside the urban area is the old Spa of Alzola, which became very well-known in the 19th century thanks to its thermal waters and saltworks; in Alzola itself, we also find the ruins of the majestic Palace of Andonaegi. In the neighbourhood of San Antolin, the farmhouse of Zabale-Torre preserves many original architectural elements, such as the pointed arch fronts, geminated windows, saeteras, modillions, and so on. The Farmhouse "Apraiz Bekoa" is located nearby. Its water mill is also of unquestionable historical value.

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