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See Lazcano (a variant form) for people with this surname.
Skyline of Lazkao
Flag of Lazkao
Official seal of Lazkao
Lazkao is located in Basque Country
Location of Lazkao within the Basque Autonomous Community
Lazkao is located in Spain
Location of Lazkao within Spain
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Basque Country
Province Gipuzkoa
Region Goierri
 • Mayor Azeari Sumakila Andonegi (Bildu)
 • Total 11.4 km2 (4.4 sq mi)
Elevation 160 m (520 ft)
Population (2005)
 • Total 5,409
 • Density 449.34/km2 (1,163.8/sq mi)
Time zone GMT (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) GMT (UTC)

Lazkao (Spanish: Lazcano) is a town and municipality located in the Goierri region of the province of Gipuzkoa, in the Basque Autonomous Community in Northern Spain.


  • Location 1
  • Transport 2
  • Town Council 3
  • History 4
    • 1936-1939 4.1
    • ETA 4.2
  • Religion 5
    • Festivals 5.1
  • Famous people 6
  • External links 7


Lazkao is located in the Southern Basque Country, in the province of Gipuzkoa, Spain. Lazkao lies in a lush valley. To its north are Beasain and Ordizia; to the south are Idiazabal and Ataun; to the east Zaldibia and to the west Olaberria.

Distances to important places


  • Nearest train station: In Beasain to 2 km
  • Communicated with roads to these towns: Olaberria, Ataun, Ordizia, Beasain.
  • Bus stations through all the town with these lines:
  • Airports:
    • Airport of Hondarribia (San Sebastián): 58 km
    • Airport of Loiu (Bilbao): 86 km
    • Airport of Noain (Pamplona): 68 km
    • Airport of Foronda (Vitoria-Gasteiz): 83 km

Town Council

  • Town Council
    • Mayor: Azeari Sumakila Andonegi (Bildu)
    • Deputy-Mayor: Kepa Goenaga (Bildu)
    • Second Deputy-Mayor: Haizea Mendia (Bildu)
    • Third Deputy-Mayor: Inazio Estensoro (EAJ)
    • Fourth Deputy-Mayor: Andoitz Garmendia (Bildu)
    • Councillors:
      • Maialen Aldasoro (Bildu)
      • Arantxa Garmendia (Bildu)
      • Urtzi Iruin (Bildu)
      • Patxi Albisu (EAJ)
      • Ane Irastortza (EAJ)
      • Milagros Madrazo (EAJ)
      • Felix Urkola (EAJ)
      • Juan Manuel Serna (PSE-EE)
  • Municipal Police

The municipal police force in Lazkao (in Basque Udaltzaingoa), has four policemen, two police cars and a motorbike. The police station is located in the ground floor of the town hall of Lazkao. The municipal police of Lazkao carries out these duties: Traffic, notifications, works control, organization of the town market, lost objects, etc.


Many Basque historians think that Lazkao was founded in 1053.


Two men were shot in Lazkao during the Spanish Civil War.


In 2005, a Benedictine monk of the town was arrested by the Spanish National Police and by the Guardia Civil. They thought that the monk had connections with the Basque separatist group E.T.A.. In 2006, ETA detonated a bomb in the company Azkar, because Azkar did not pay the revolutionary tax to the group.


2007 was the Second anniversary of bicentenary of the arrival of the Benedictine monks to the town. Celebrated by the Deputy-General of Gipuzkoa and by Juan Jose Ibarretxe, the Lehendakari (Basque Prime Minister) of the Basque Autonomous Community.


  • Day of the Donkey (Basque: Astotxo Eguna)

Every first Sunday in January. On this day, the Flight to Egypt is performed throughout the street of the town.

This Biblical passage was first performed in Lazkao the 17th century. Nowadays, the Nuns of the Covent of Lazkao continue to sell the traditional wafers for this event.

Famous people

External links

  • Official Website of the City Council (Spanish) (Basque) (English) (French)
  • LAZKAO in the Bernardo Estornés Lasa - Auñamendi Encyclopedia (Euskomedia Fundazioa) (Spanish)
  • Maizpide Euskaltegia - Barnetegia, Lazkao (a school teaching the Basque language to adults)
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