Bergara - San Martin de Aguirre square
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Bergara - San Martin de Aguirre square

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A: Ayuntamiento de Bergara

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B: Calle San Pedro

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C: Ariznoa Enparanza

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D: Calle Goiekale

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E: Paseo Irizar 7

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F: Paseo Irizar

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G: Paseo Bideberri

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H: Calle Arrubiaga

by José Luis Eléxpuru, 240 meters away

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I: Iglesia de Santa Maria

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J: Calle Goiekale_7

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