Oñati is one of the most historical towns in the province of Gipuzkoa. The University of Sancti Spiritus, the Saint Michael's Parish Church and the different monuments and streets, make it unique. There are different guided tours that have to be booked in advance. You can visit Oñati's tourism information webpage for more details.
Another interesting activity could be the visit to Arrikrutz-Oñati caves.
If you are into hiking, the Arantzazu Sanctuary is the perfect starting point. Located within the Aizkorri-Aratz Natural Park, there are lots of trails of different levels that will allow you to discover spectacular landscapes of unique beauty. There is a Tourist Information point in Arantzazu in which you will find information about the different routes.
You can read more information about the Aizkorri-Aratz Natural Park here and more information about the routes through the park here.
On the other hand, if you prefer to visit Basque Country’s cities, Donostia-San Sebastian or Bilbao are really good options. During the conference an afternoon trip to one of these cities will be organized. Find more information in the links below:
The weather is mild in the Basque region during June-July (average summer temperatures nearby the conference site around 20 ºC) However, bear in mind that the weather in the Basque Country might change rapidly so you might need a light coat or an umbrella during your stay. Arantzazu is located 750 m above sea level so temperatures might be lower in the morning and night. For more information about the weather forecast click in the links below:
Wheater in Arantzazu
Wheater in Basque Country