Sorginen Leizea (Basque for the cave of the witches) is an impressive series of limestone caves located less than half a kilometre west of the town of Zugarramurdi along the centuries-old Zugarramurdi-Sara trail. The main cave was carved out by a stream, "Infernuko Erreka” (the Stream of Hell), which still runs though it today.
The 120-metre tunnel-like cave runs east-west, measuring 22-26 metres on the east end, around 12 metres at the west entrances, and an average height of 10-12 metres. The system of caves also includes two taller galleries leading to the main cave and with a similar orientation. Akelarre: The name of these limestone caves reminds us of the pagan rituals that once took place in the galleries.
During an Inquisitorial trial held from 1609 to 1614, these caves were offered as proof of the practice of witchcraft in Zugarramurdi. *Please note that the many stairs along the route make access difficult for wheelchairs and baby carriages. Contact us for any questions. *Dogs and other pets are not allowed.
VÍDEO OF ZUGARRAMURDI