Festivals

GORLIZ FESTIVITIES

Entertainment and tradition

The entire town, summer dwellers and visitors dive head first into the celebrations which include: gastronomic competitions, traditional dances, and concerts to live the festivities 24 hours a day.

The festivities are an excellent opportunity to learn about Basque culture and traditions. No doubt you will find out what a ‘Gau Pasa’ is. And then, why not learn to dance a Jota?

June

Noche de San Juan en Gorliz

In Gorliz, the night of San Juan is a night in which the people of the town get together in a relaxed atmosphere and after enjoying a performance they drink chocolate and light the so-called bonfires of San Juan. Depending on the type of bonfire, the bonfires are jumped over to bring good luck or simply to enjoy the music while watching the bonfire burn.

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June

Festival of St Peter in Gorliz

This celebration commemorates the St. Peter the apostle’s death. It has been traditionally celebrated in the coastal villages with fishing or sailing tradition since he is the patron saint of sailors and fishermen.

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July

Dastatuarte

Dastatuarte is a gastronomic-artistic festival that is celebrated in Gorliz at the beginning of July, where everything revolves around gastronomy and art. Activities are carried out for children, adults, families or friends, some of which are paid and others are free.

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February

CARNIVAL

The traditional Joaldunak, typical Navarrese characters with their large cowbells on their backs to wake nature up and ward off evil spirits.

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May

DANTZARI TXIKI DAY

The entire town goes into the street to enjoy the different Basque dances, danced to the music of traditional instruments like the ‘txistu’ and ‘tamboril’ in a display of dances and music parades with a festive atmosphere always finished off with a good ‘pintxo’ and wine

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July

SANTIAGO FESTIVAL

One of the most lively moments of summer. There is a very popular open air cooking competition. Participants cook cod carefully in the streets of Gorliz to win the prize for the best cod.  There are rural and artisanal fairs as well, which are also very popular.

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August

ANDRA MARI FESTIVAL

Like every big festival, it starts with the txupinazo, a rocket that announces the beginning of a festival three or four days long. You will see traditional Basque dances and traditional sport exhibitions such as stone lifting or trunk cutting. There is also a very popular paella competition which has become a must of the festival. In the evening local and regional bands play live music to end the day in the best way possible.

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August

UREZARANTZA FAO FESTIVAL

The third weekend of August. children and adults have fun together taking part in games and gastronomic competitions. There are two of these, an omelette competition and the traditional “Sukalki” competition, a typical Basque beef stew very loved by the locals.

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October

Gau Baltza in Gorliz

The night of “Gau Baltza” or “Arimen Gaua” has undergone many changes, it has even been on the verge of disappearing, but more and more villages and municipalities are celebrating the “Gau Baltza”. This celebration takes place on the night of 31st October and has a special aesthetic, especially because it is related to the world of the dead.

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October

Gastronomic October in Gorliz

Gastronomic October in Gorliz is celebrated a weekend a year. It is an event where visitors can get to know and taste local craft beers and also taste pintxos that have mushrooms as their main ingredient.

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December

SAINT MARY OF THE PUREST CONCEPTION FESTIVAL

Once again, a gastronomic competition is the big attraction of the festival. In this cooking competition, people prepare snails with “bizkaina” sauce, a typical meal very common in winter season. During the festival, there is also a Christmas market, games and music that make it unforgettable.

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