Chocolate Interpretation Centre, “Txokolateixia”

Oñati has a Chocolate Interpretation Centre located where the old Orbea chocolate factory was, Kalebarria – 29 being the address. If you visit it, you will be taught our town’s tradition of rich chocolate.

Chocolate, the delicacy of the gods
Sancti Spiritus University and the cocoa, chocolate manufacture of Oñati. Visit the Chocolate Interpretation Centre (50´). Reservations by email txokolateixia@hotmail.com and on the phone 605763595

What we will see

There are old chocolate pots, grinders, metates, moulds and stones that ground the cocoa. These objects, along with documents, transport the viewer to the 20th century. Posters, commercials, prints and photos with motives of cocoa or chocolate will make to those who enter this sweet world travel in time.

A little history

The origins of the chocolate in Oñati can be traced back a long way, as shown by the cocoa maps and routes from the 18th century; the abundant documentation, films, books and recipes also prove the love that Oñati had towards this product. The imprint that chocolate has left in areas as distant as the cinema or sports is also recognised.
The Centre’s aim is, on the one hand, to remind old people of their past times, and on the other hand, to show the history of Maiztegui, Orbea, Loyola, Onena, Garaicoechea, Guereca and the only survivor of this local tradition to the younger generations.

Opening hours and guided tours

September to July: in the morning, Monday to Saturday from 10:30 to 13:30 and Sundays from 11:00 to 13:30. In the afternoon, Monday to Friday from 17:00 to 19:00. Saturday and Sunday afternoons closed.
In August and for the programmed guided tours: in the morning, Monday to Sunday from 10:30 to 14:00. Programmed guided tours at 12:00. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 18:00 to 19:15. Programmed guided tours at 18:15. The rest of the days it will be closed.
Afternoons and throughout the year group visits should be arranged in advance by calling 605 763 595.