CULTURAL LANDSCAPE | Larraondo Sawmill

The power of the water has always been used at the Basque Country, and at Larraondo farmhouse of Zerain it has been used to power the machinery of the sawmill.

Built around 1890, Larraondo sawmill uses the water of the Lasurtegi stream flowing down the mountains of Zerain and still keeps the characteristics and functionality that once had.

The sawmill workers were the people of Larraondo farm, as a complement of the farm works. That’s why the sawmill worked mainly at winter and spring: there was less work at the farm and the stream had more water.

Around 1960 Larraondo sawmill stopped workin. Since then it has been silent above the stream, but all its old machinery can be seen working still now.



There’s a guided visit at weekends and holydays at 12:00 starting from the Zerain Tourism Office (the rest of the days upon request). This guided visit continues to the Iron Mountain after visiting the sawmill.


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