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3 – 4 days in Gernika Urdaibai

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If you want to spend a few days in direct contact with nature in the area around the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, we have a few ideas for you:

This proposal will allow you to be in direct contact with nature in the area around the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, enjoying the varied cultural offer, but also to enjoy some of the entertaining outdoor activities the region has to offer: canoeing down the estuary, paddle surfing, hiking trails, boat trips, bird watching, whale watching, electric bicycle rental and much more…

The inland route is 10.5 km long (it’s a circular route). 3 1/2 hours and 420 m gradient.

PR-BI 174. Mount Illuntzar rises like an atalaya or watchtower keeping guard over the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve. Its mountain pastures provide views of its contrasting landscape, from the marshes at the bottom to the high valleys between Ereño and Nabarniz and the mountains that line our river basin. Mountainous in nature, this trail starts off in the Elexalde neighbourhood in Nabarniz. It climbs along a forest track to the summit of mount Illuntzar, where strong winds blow and livestock graze quite oblivious to our presence. The path begins its descent through pastures to the north face, where we pass through the beautiful Airo beech forest and the ruins of an old farmhouse. The track widens as we come to the Kurtziagana crossroads, from whence we head down the old road to Ikazurieta.

Take time to enjoy the beautiful small rural villages of Ikazurieta, Uribarri and Elexalde, where life revolves around the farmhouse. 

If you’re keen to try one of the most deeply rooted and traditional Basque dishes, why not order a splendid dish of pinto beans from Gernika in one of the three restaurants you’ll find in the village of Nabarniz. Each and every one of them is an expert in the preparation of this succulent and energising stew.


The mountainous slopes that line the coast of the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve provide ideal conditions for the noble art of growing vines and making txakoli. If you’d like to find out more about this typically Basque wine and have the chance to pair it with exquisite local seasonal products, why not pay a visit to one of the region’s wineries? Here are a few for you to choose from:

The Itsasmendi Winery   

Located in Gernika

The Berroja Winery

Located in Muxika

The Amunategi Winery

Its origins go all the way back to the Amunategi family farmhouse in Busturia (Bizkaia). 

Now, after such a full day, what could be better than sitting back and relaxing as you watch an incredible sunset from San Pedro de Lumo in Gernika or from any of these other places:

Plans in Urdaibai

An extraordinarily beautiful space where people live in harmony with nature, their villages, and their heritage and culture.