River Oiartzun on its way through Errenteria
|Mouth||Cantabrian Sea (Bay of Biscay)|
|Source elevation||700–800 m|
|Basin area||84.75 km²|
The Oiartzun River (pronounced [oiaɾts̻un]) is a short river in the Basque Country in the north of the Iberian Peninsula. It is the smallest river of Gipuzkoa flowing into the Bay of Biscay (Atlantic basin); the river joins the sea at the Bay of Pasaia. The river rises in the Aiako Harria massif at an altitude higher than 700 m. It flows down through steep slopes and falls, with an average drop to its mouth of 5.49% (600 m drop in the first 5 km).
The river meanders through the valley and several hamlets of the town of the same name. On its last stage crosses squeezed in a canal the A-8 motorway and Errenteria before joining the Bay of Pasaia. The river underwent on past decades severe environmental problems on its last 10 km, especially on account of the paper mill in Errenteria, while the issue has been redressed to a large extent.