The porch of Garai is a small rural town located north of the county of Durangaldea . This municipality by its location at the top and on the slopes of Mount Oiz , is known as the balcony of Durangaldea . From Garai we can admire the beauty of the whole region at its best , can admire the rocks and the mountains of Durango Aramotz presididad by Anboto.
Garai has a wide expanse of land , but the town itself is very small. In the landscape of Garai grass fields and forests predominate. The hamlets of the village landscape defined personality . In these villages where farming is still practiced and livestock and contributes to caring for and maintaining the particular landscape of rural Basque Country .
The origin of Garai like Porches Durangaldea relates to the origin of the Earth Llana of Biscay. Garai from the Middle Ages belonged to the Merindad of Durango, on whose Board took the seat number 6.
Garai is divided into two neighborhoods : San Juan and San Miguel . The neighborhood of San Miguel is the town of Garai are located where the town hall , churches and various houses of historical interest.
If we visit Garai , besides its tranquility, views and the beauty of its landscapes, we can admire the churches of San Juan Bautista and San Miguel , both of the sixteenth century. We also find the City of Garai , a hamlet of stone arch of the eighteenth century.
Leaving the urban core to the neighborhood Goiuria , we will visit the church of San Juan de Momoitio twelfth and beside which found an old medieval necropolis. In this necropolis have recovered some medieval tombstones of the ninth and tenth centuries that have been placed around the chapel .
Strolling Garai you can admire the chapel of Santa Catalina (eighteenth century ), the Castro Trumoitte , remnants of a dated in the second half of the first millennium BC fortifications , the palace Garatikual (XVI ), and the spectacular Etxeita oak , which according to tradition is able to provide shelter for more than 300 sheep under the protection of its branches.
In addition , through the neighborhoods of Garai you can enjoy pleasant walks enjoying the rural landscape, its fauna and flora and its many ancient villages.
Each neighborhood has its hermitage Garai parties but the festivities are in July , around the festival of Santiago. The inhabitants of Garai are faithful guardians of their folklore and traditions. The day of Santiago , July 25 , in the square of the village youth Garai dance dances Ezpatadantza , Gernikako Arbola dantza , Dantzari dantza , Agintariena and Ikurrin dantza .
Garai composed one of the most scenic of all Durangaldea . Not surprisingly the Ramón y Valentine Zubiaurre , brothers whose father was Garai , maintained his painting studio at the family house Garai . These brothers cultivated a genre painting , which proliferate Basque themes , scenes and landscapes of his summers in Garai . Garai was Zubiaurre brothers for a great source of inspiration.