Gorbeia Natural Park
Luis Orcera, the owner of Hotel Spa Etxegana looks forward to welcome you to Gorbeia Natural Park
Gorbeia Natural Park is an enormous mountainous area shared by the Basque provinces of Alava and Bizkaia. It covers 20,016 hectares and its highest point, the summit of Mount Gorbeia (1,480 m), marks the boundary between the two provinces.
Gorbeia is a traditional point of reference for the Basque mountaineering. This mountain range is one of the most visited due to the charm of summits such as Gorbeia itself, Aldamin, Oketa or Berretin, the quality and spectacular beauty of the landscapes, and the strategic location of the massif regarding the neighbouring urban areas.
The park offers hikers, bikers and riders a network of marked paths and tracks, as well as long and short distance (GR and PR) footpaths designed by Mountain Federations. Apart from hiking, riding and cycling you can also practise abseiling, rock climbing, archery, potholing etc. or simply spend a nice day in one of the park’s many recreational areas, enjoying to the full this beautiful countryside.
How to Get There
By car from Bilbao:
Merge onto E-804 towards Vitoria-Gasteiz until getting to the park.
Merge onto N-240 or N-622 towards Bilbao until getting to the park.
Merge onto the A-1 motorway to Burgos and continue on the AP-1 to Vitoria-Gasteiz. From there take N-622 or N-240 towards Bilbao..
Gorbeia Natural Park: Plan your journey by public transport
Direct connections to Madrid and Barcelona in addition to regional destinations.
Direct connections to Madrid and Barcelona as well as to regional destinations.
Termibus Bilbao serves both Spanish and international destinations and offers connections to the airport as well as the rest of the urban and metropolitan transportations (metro, streetcar, railway, Bilbobus and Bizkaibus buses).
The airport of Bilbao is located at approx. 10 kms from the city center and offers flights to Spanish and international destinations.
Gorbeia Natural Park weather forecast
|Bilbao, España||63°F few clouds|
Wind 2 mph, NE
Pressure 766.57 mmHg
Places to go
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Designed by the American architect Frank O. Gehry, the Guggenheim Bilbao is an architectural landmark and a magnificent place to display masterpieces of modern and contemporary art.
TO SEE: The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao – designed by the American architect Frank O. Gehry – represents a magnificent example of the most groundbreaking 20th-century architecture and is a splendid place to display masterpieces of modern and contemporary art.
Since its opening in 1997, the building itself and Puppy – a floral sculpture of a dog by Jeff Koons, located outside the museum – have become the most internationally-known symbols of Bilbao.
TO DO: Visit an exhibition and the permanent collection with works by great figures in the world of contemporary art. Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Jorge Oteiza, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Anish Kapoor, David Salle, Eduardo Chillida, Jeff Koons, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Anselm Kiefer, Louis Bourgeois and Robert Rauschenberg are just a few examples.
RECOMMEND: The Guggenheim also offers a series of activities for visitors who wish to broaden their knowledge of art.
The Old Quarters of Vitoria-Gasteiz, declared a Monumental Site in 1997, still preserves its medieval layout intact.
Vitoria (“Gasteiz” in Basque language), founded towards the end of the 12th century, is today a city of exceptional urban design. The Basque capital has a medieval city centre, in which it is possible to find countless places of great traditional flavour, such as Plaza de la Virgen Blanca (White Virgin Square) and historic buildings like the cathedral of Santa María.
TO DO: The Basque capital reveals a medieval quarter where it is possible to find the most charming little corners, gardens and tree-lined boulevards, which make the capital of Alava a remarkable green space that does not disturb the careful urban layout, where medieval streets harmoniously intermingle with Renaissance palaces and Neoclassical churches.
RECOMMEND: Vitoria enjoys an intense cultural life, as evidenced year after year by its most famous event: the Jazz Festival. Its traditional recipes —based on fresh orchard products and always accompanied by a unique Basque wine— will not disappoint.
Urkiola Natural Park
Urkiola invites mythological beliefs, stories, and legends, in fact, in Urkiola they are so abundant that it is one of the reasons for its classification as Nature Reserve.
TO SEE: Urkiola is considered to be one of the most unique ecosystems to be found in the Basque Country. Its area extends between the territory of Álava (15% of the territory) and Biscay (85% of the territory). Its vertebrate is marked by the Mountain Range of Anboto and Aramotz that extend in the northeast-southeast direction.The highest point in the park is the hilltop of Anaboto, 1,330 metres high. The human settlements date from Prehistory and today the area has a long farming tradition with forestry. This region is renowned for its legends and mythology beliefs (thereafter religious beliefs) that have influenced the creation of this Nature Reserve along with the historic evolution of the area and the importance of its landscape.
TO DO: Hiking, climbing, visiting the Sanctuary of Saint Anthonys and other chapels as well as the Toki Alai Visitor’s Centre.
RECOMMEND: There are many different ways into Urkiola Natural Park given the large number of inhabited town scattered throughout its foothills. Nonetheless, the easiest way to reach the centre of the park is along the BI-623 regional road that runs from Durango to Vitoria-Gasteiz. It is the only road that crosses the Park from north to south and divides the park in half.
Circular hiking route in Areatza
Circular hiking route of approximately 8 kilometers in the area of Areatza, Basque Country, Spain.
The route starts next to the church of the village of Areatza. Leaving the pelota wall on your right, follow the path along the river until getting to the Txamarrama junction, next to the cemetery.
Leaving the cemetery behind, continue along a paved road that ascends to the hamlet of Martxondi-Bekoa. Before getting to Martxondi-Bekoa, take a path to your left that leads towards the mountain. After crossing a fence you’ll get to a culvert.
Next to the culvert you’ll find a small path that descends to a pine forest and then gets broader. Continue on this broader path until getting to the hamlet of Oilagorta. Walk down the paved road until getting to a branch to the right. Continue on this road passing a couple of hamlets to your left.
In the second hamlet, take a small path to your left that leads down to the river. Next to the river you’ll find ancient lime manufacturing sites, and crossing the point of Upo ascend on a track. Later, passing a pine forest, you’ll get to the Elorribi area.
Continue to the left and – without losing height – following a trail you’ll get to the hill of Mount Birgun. Continue to the left on a stone and earth track which later on becomes a cement track, and bordering Mount Larraskitu and passing the hamlet of Launtzain you’ll get back to Areatza.
Distance/Time: Type of route: Circular
Distance: 8 km
Areatza – Martxondi – Oilagorta – Uparan – Karabialde – Elorribi – Birgun – Larraskitu – Launtzain – Areatza
Circular route ascending the rocks of Garaigorta
Circular hiking route in the Basque Country ascending the Garaigorta summit.
The route starts in Ibarra: Leave the hamlet on the road between Zubiaur and Artea, cross the old bridge and the road to walk up the stairs you’ll see in front. Continue on the road which ascends and leads to the church of Olarte. Take the road on the right of the church towards Egurrutu.
At the junction of Egurrutu, head to the right on a road until the asphalt ends. Continue on the field path behind the farm until getting to a fork. Take the path in front to ascend the crags of Garaigorta.
At the next junction take the path to the left, ascending to a curve where you’ll find a fence. Leave the track ascending parallel to the fence until its upper vertex. Turn slightly right and ascend on a steep path under oak trees and guided by the rock wall on your left. At the end of this wall, turn left to reach the Garaigorta summit where you’ll have a nice view of the whole Zeberio valley.
Take the same path in order to return/descend to the fork where you continue on the path to the left which, after having crossed the fence, descends to the road between Zubiaur and Artea. Turn to the right and continue on the road until getting back to Ibarra.
(Be careful during the ascent on limestone and grass, especially if it’s wet)
Distance/Time: Type of route: Circular
Distance: 15 km
Ibarra – Olarte – Egurrutu – Ibarra
Hiking route from Zubialde to Untzueta
Linear hiking route from Zubialde to Untzueta in the Basque Country, Spain.
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