Located at an altitude of 441 m, the Lizarrieta Pass is on the border between Sare and Etxalar. It is a unique place where a common culture, scientific observation of migratory species and the age-old tradition of hunting pigeons with nets are combined.
A place that is very popular but not very well organised, the Communauté d'agglomération Pays Basque (CAPB), the commune of Sare, local associations and the inhabitants wanted to develop the pass. The project is structured around two developments, the car park with the creation of two buildings and, around this heart, the departure points of circuits for thematic and interpreted walks and hikes. All this while preserving the natural site.
After the 6 kilometre ascent of the pass, its reception platform will include a large belvedere which will join the sanitary facilities and a building with two reading tables and 17 booklets.
Some will refer to human crossings such as smuggling or the migrations of the 1960s and 1970s. Others, the most numerous, will propose zooms on the various species of birds frequenting the passage.
2 paths will allow you to discover the history of the pass: the hunting of the pigeon, a 9 km loop, 2.5 hours long, with 7 illustrative markers; the forest and the mines: a 2.9 km round trip, 1.15 hours long, with 8 markers. For the youngest, a 45-minute round trip based on an imaginary tale by Koldo Amestoy will be created. New: "Lizarrieta Adventures" application for families/friends.