We begin our Ignatian Way with great courage and a spirit of generosity, hoping to make the most of our Ignatian pilgrimage. We take our leave of the House and Shrine of Saint Ignatius and set off along the asphalt road that begins near the parking lot of the sanctuary and runs parallel to the river, towards Azkoitia. We walk along the edge of the gardens of the Shrine on our left. Straight ahead, we go into Azkoitia towards Alameda del Ferrocarril in the direction of the river.
We don’t cross the River Urola, but we walk parallel to it with the river on our right. We continue straight on and the street meets a cycle lane that leads back towards the river. We continue with the river on our right until we reach some factories and a petrol station. We see a bridge in front of us: we will pass underneath it and go straight on. Once we pass the bridge, a road begins on our left. We take it and in that way we pass the IBARMIA factory on our right.
We continue going straight ahead along the same path. The road bends to our right at right angles, but we go straight ahead to a secondary road that passes under a bridge. The road brings us across both the river and the GI-631 road by a bridge. We continue straight ahead and after 800 metres, we cross the road once more. We pass through the first tunnels of many tunnels.
Continuing straight ahead on the same asphalt path, parallel to the GI-631, we reach a new bridge that crosses the road twice. A few yards beyond that we come to a new bridge over the GI-631. We continue on the same path, crossing the road yet again. We pass the little village of Aizpurutxo on our right. We continue straight ahead and our path meets another path coming up from the road. We continue straight on, looking for the path that is parallel to the GI-631 and a little higher than it and the river. Still more bridges and another tunnel lie ahead. We continue straight on and we pass a quarry on our right.
The road forks and we take the right branch parallel to the road and to the River Urola. We go through a new tunnel and we approach the houses on our left. We take another tunnel and our path finally leads us to the GI-631, which we take to our left, walking along the path to bring us close to the village of Urretxu. Keeping close to the road, we pass a sewage treatment plant and following the path parallel to the road, we enter Urretxu and Zumarraga, after crossing the river. These two villages are separated only by the River Urola. The pilgrim will find accommodation in either of these villages.