We say farewell to the Virgin of Arantzazu and follow the red and white signs that lead from the shrine. The Sanctuary remains on our right and we take the road away from it, leading up to the last houses. We follow the signs to Urbia. We continue uphill, straight ahead. We arrive at a junction of three roads with a fountain nearby. We take the middle road which bears a signpost indicating the way to Urbia. After walking for a few minutes along the wide and shaded track, we find the spring at Erroiti on our left, which marks the place where legend has it that the Virgin of Arantzazu appeared to the shepherd Rodrigo de Baltzategi (1468).
The road zigzags as we make our way up to the mountain pass of Elorrola, following the red and white signs of the main road. We arrive at the mountain pass and start the descent. We come to the Chapel of Andra Mari de Urbia (1924), which we leave on our left to follow the dirt road and reach the shelter of Urbia, where in summer we can find refreshments in the bar at the shelter.
Without deviating, we follow the wide, dirt road which is clearly marked. Further on we pass between some shepherds’ huts in the meadows. Here we can follow the orange arrows that leave the main road, going inside the forest on our right, or just keep going on the dirt road. The grassy path goes parallel to the road, staying at the same level, while the dirt road descends steeply before it ascends once more to reach the path in the forest two km ahead. Both ways are beautiful but the forest path is easier. We pass near the Zorrotzari monolith and the nearby Perusaroi mountain shelter with its roof covered by grass. The path and the road come together and we follow the arrows and the GR signs to our left. After a while, we reach the road and here again we have two choices: we can follow the wide dirt road and continue towards Araia or go to the left, following the path into the wood which is marked with GR on signposts, but also going towards Araia.
The forest path is not bad for pilgrims on foot although it can be a bit difficult. First it takes us to the power lines and then, through beautiful forests, it links our path with the Camino de Santiago, coming from San Adrián. Shortly after, it leads to the road, following the yellow Santiago arrows.
If we always keep to the wide dirt road, we will also find the yellow signs of the Camino de Santiago; however, they will not take us to Araia but to Zalduondo, so after some km we will leave them and continue straight on along the road. Undoubtedly, the wide road is the best for bikes.
We reach the edge of a forest glade called Zumarraundi. To our right an asphalt road begins that leads to Araia. We continue going down along the well-marked road and reach a fork that we take to our left, in the direction of Araia. We go on walking and pass a country house to our right, named Gartzabal. Keeping to the paved road, we enter Araia after passing a swimming pool complex.