The Urumea, Sagardoaren Ibaia initiative was created by the Lizeaga and Petritegi cider houses in Astigarraga. For centuries the River Urumea has been the main link between Astigarraga and San Sebastian. Making good use of the tides and currents, our forebears transported goods between these towns on barges and flatboats, wooden river vessels. Among these goods was cider, made by the farmhouse-presses like Petritegi, built prior to 1526, later consumed in the cider houses of San Sebastian. Urumea, Sagardoaren Ibaia takes a look back at this mode of transport no longer existing in the Urumea valley since the mid 20th century in the shape of various activities and experiences turning the focus on the locals.
Down the Urumea river carrying the new cider made in Astigarraga
One of the main objectives of the Urumea Sagardoaren Ibaia project is to carry out the recreation of the ancient mode of transportation of the cider by theUrumea river.
Cider-filled barrels start to sail again
An exact replica to carry the cider