The Old Market places the village of Artziniega and its Complex of Historical Monuments into a time machine to recreate a medieval market where the customs and trades of centuries ago appear on its streets for the public to enjoy.
It is held annually on a Sunday in the second half of September to coincide with the festivities in honour of the Virgen de la Encina.
This event recalls the important role that Artziniega played as the go-between for overseas and inland trade.
Those who visit the Old Market are surprised to see the local people transformed into minstrels, clergymen, craftsmen, inquisitors, pilgrims, maidens, beggars and buffoons to liven up streets packed for that day with stalls offering artisan products. This year’s event will also feature the Pipers of Laguardia and a display of traditional grape pressing.
Artziniega is 55 kilometres from Vitoria-Gasteiz, in the north of Álava, and 28 kilometres from Bilbao. From Vitoria-Gasteiz take the N-622 and the A-624, while from Bilbao it can be reached via the BI-636 and BI-2604, or the AP-68. Public transport can be used.