Ajuria & Urigoitia Industrial Forest

The industrial landscape resulted from the iron smelting activities of Ajuria & Urigoitia, one of the first steel mills in the country. Visitors have the chance to see the state’s first electric induction furnace and the first blast furnace of Euskadi. Situated at the entrance to the Aizkorri-Aratz Natural Park they form one of the most beautiful industrial landscapes of the Basque country with dams, forests, industrial warehouses …

Another part of this landscape is the network of canals once used to supply the water needed for the generation of energy and used in the manufacturing process in the Ajuria and Urigoitia foundries.

The factory of Ajuria & Urigoitia was provided with the iron from the mines near its facilities: most of these mines are present on the slopes of the nearby mountains, and their remains are still visible as part of a unique landscape, linked to the extraction of iron in Asparrena.

Ajuria & Urigoitia Industrial Forest
Intuxi, 48
01250 Araia
+34 (0) 945 - 386964

Recommended duration of visit:3 Hours
Duration of a guided tour:180 Minutes
Access for persons with disabilities:For details see website
Infrastructure for children:
Visitor centre on site:yes
Gift and book shop on site:yes

The area of the factory of Ajuria&Urigoita is freely accessible at all times

Information point (Parketxea Aizkorri-Aratz):
April to September
Tuesday - Sunday, holiday 10am-2pm, 4-7pm
October to March
Saturday, Sunday, holiday 10am-2.30pm, 3.30-5.30pm

  • Guided tours optional
  • Guided tours for children