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Urdazubi / Urdax
Coat of arms of Urdax
Coat of arms
Country  Spain
Autonomous community Navarre
Province Pamplona
 • Mayor Santiago Villares Oteguy. (2015) (Azkar)
 • Total 7.75 km2 (2.99 sq mi)
Elevation 90 m (300 ft)
Highest elevation 90 m (300 ft)
Lowest elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2014)
 • Total 392
 • Density 51/km2 (130/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Urdaizubitarra
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 31711
Dialing code 948
Official language(s) Basque / Euskera / Spanish
Website www.urdax.es

Urdazubi/Urdax is a village and municipality located in the autonomous community of Navarre, in the north of Spain.


Well-known because of its caves, Urdax is an interesting place for speleology at a basic level. Urdax caves were created by the underground river Urtxuma 14,000 years ago, and nowadays only a single cave can be visited by the public. The only cave that is opened to those interested on it, is the Ikaburu cave where visitors can enjoy a guided visit though its corridors and stances. The Ikaburu cave tour includes more than seeing the wonderful stalactites and stalagmites, but also stories of witches, shepherds, monks, Spanish Civil War or even contrabandists.


The Monastery of Urdax is said to had been established during the 11th century by an Augustinian Congregation who built a pilgrim hospital there for those who were doing the Way of St James. Even if the monastery is there, the original building does not longer exist due to a fire that happened in 1526 and another one in 1793. The external appearance and architecture in renaissance style, which was not the original style, and the only things that are completely original and did not disappear during the fires are the church and the cloister.

External links[edit]

  • Information on Ikaburu and other caves in Urdax: Caves of Urdazubi/Urdax
  • URDAZUBI/URDAX in the Bernardo Estornés Lasa - Auñamendi Encyclopedia (Euskomedia Fundazioa) (in Spanish)
  • Huarte, E. Z. (1979). Ferrerías del real monasterio de Urdax. Cuadernos De Etnología Y Etnografía De Navarra, 11(31), 125-178. (in Spanish)
  • López Pereda, M. (2014). Superstición, brujería y esclavitud en una sociedad colonial: Nueva España a mediados del siglo XVIII. (in Spanish)
  • Ramalle-Gómara, E. (2011). Una visión antropológica del auto de fe de Logroño de 1610. Berceo, (160), 263-273. (in Spanish)
  • Rodrguez, J. J. V. (2012). DUESO, jos: Historia y leyenda de las brujas de Zugarramurdi. De los akelarres navarros a las hogueras riojanas. editorial Txertoa, Donostia-San Sebastián, 2010. 109 pp.ISBN 978-84-7148-487-1. El Futuro Del Pasado, 3, 554-559. (in Spanish)
  • Satrústegui, J. M. (2013). Nueva contribución al fondo de textos antiguos vascos. Anuario Del Seminario De Filología Vasca" Julio De Urquijo", 15, 75-104. (in Spanish)

Coordinates: 43°16′02″N 1°30′16″W / 43.2672°N 1.5044°W / 43.2672; -1.5044