Refurnished in the 1980s, this 16th century raised granary, the hórreo de Agarre, is the only one of its kind still standing in Gipuzkoa.

Made of oak using perfectly dovetailed joints, with no nails, its roof has a surface area of 100 square metres, twice the size of its interior, with huge eaves that are essential for keeping out the damp.

Inside there are two small silos and a main floor. The latter is divided into three parts: Two side drying-rooms and a central aisle for protecting against rodents, in which we encounter a huge chest.

Made of chestnut wood, its size indicates that it must have been built inside the granary itself, as it would have been impossible to bring it in through the door.

It was used to store wheat and corn separately.

Given the terrible condition of the building’s pillars and supports, its refurbishment involved taking pieces from another old hórreo belonging to the caserío Etxeberri Urruti in the Ubera neighbourhood.

Another landmark is the caserío Agarre, where the 16th century martyr Saint Martin Agirre is said to have been born. It has a magnificent porch. Its façade bears the coat of arms of the Agirre family, the same as the one that used to decorate the house of Toki Eder on the Espolón in Bergara.

Cover photo / Author: Pedro Mari Arregi Tarragona