General information

Aoiz is easy to get to. It is half an hour away from Roncesvalles, Sangüesa, the Castle of Javier, the Monastery of Leire, the ravines of Arbayún and Lumbier, and Pamplona, through which passes the motorway which runs the length of Navarre, north-south, joining it with the Ebro corridor to Aragon and Catalonia and the border at Irun, and another main road which runs crosswise, joining Pamplona with Vitoria and the metropolitan area of Bilbao and San Sebastian.

Aoiz sits on the right-hand bank of the River Irati, at the foot of the Sierra of Zariquieta, which rises to an altitude of 504 metres and on which the Peña de Izaga (1,353 metres) stands out like a fortress of rock. With a population of around 2,500, Aoiz is the centre of a district peppered with small, peaceful villages grouped for administrative purposes into valleys.

Aoiz is currently the local industrial, health, education and, above all, cultural reference point.

Details Burgh of Aoiz

Category: Burgh (Villa).
Administrative category: Single municipality.
Judicial district: Aoiz.
District: Sangüesa.
Geographical district: Pre-Pyrenean Basin of Aoiz.
Population: approx. 2.500.
Surface area: 13,2 km2.
Altitude: 504 m.
Climate: Temperate, with ocean and continental influences, and an annual average temperatura of 16º C.
Geographical boundaries: It is completely surrounded by the Valley of Lónguida. It is what is known as an “island municipality”, separated from the Valley of Lónguida since the XV century.
Gentile: Agoisko.

A few curiosities

People from Aoiz, known as agoiskos, are nicknamed the simples (simple people), adding that even the colck bells make fun of them, because on each hour, the small one sings: Sim-plés…, sim-plés…, sim-plés… and the large one drives it home, phlegmatically and definitively:

Son…, son…, son… (They are…they are…they are…)

They are also known as pelaires (wool-dressers) because this used to be a very common occupation in the Burgh.