Mount Oiz summit.
|Elevation||1,026 m (3,366 ft)|
|Prominence||710 m (2,330 ft)|
|Easiest route||South face from Garai.|
Mount Oiz (1026.40 m.), is one of the most popular summits of Biscay in the Basque Country (Spain). Its summits form part of a long range that feeds several rivers: Ibaizabal, Artibai, Lea, Oka and Deva in Gipuzkoa all of them running to the Bay of Biscay.
Its location in the middle of the province and its height provides great views from the summit, from the nearby sea to the surrounding mountains.
There are still patches of oaks and beeches on the mountain, but the higher zones are covered by huge pastures where sheep, horses and cows graze. There are wild deer and boars. Birds are shared with the nearby Urkiola natural park.
History and Legend
Oiz is one of the most important places of the history of Biscay and the Basque Country. During the prehistory it was inhabited by shepherds that left an important legacy of megalithic monuments. Later they moved to the valleys where they left the necropolis of San Juan de Momoitio.
The legend says that also here Mari, "The Lady of Anboto", has a dwelling. Tradition says that every seven years Mari goes from Anboto to Oiz, and the weather and the good or bad crops depend on where she is.
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