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View of Gaztelugatxe, Basque Country

What to see in the Basque Country: walking routes

Basque Country

This region is one of the areas of greatest natural diversity in the whole of Spain. Green meadows, deep forests, and cliffs over the sea offer you lots of opportunities for a relaxing walk while you explore some of the most incredible landscapes you’ve ever seen. Here are some of these places to spark your imagination and help you plan your trip.

  • Chapel of San Juan in Gaztelugatxe, Basque Country

    San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

    Very close to Bermeo you’ll find one of the most iconic spots on the Basque Coast, which has become even more popular after appearing in the famous series Game of Thrones. Here you'll find a tiny island with a little hermitage dedicated to St John. A twisty narrow stairway will lead you there from the beach. As you slowly walk up the steps and approach the hermitage, the views become ever more impressive, particularly if you choose to go at sunset. If you go up to the hermitage, don't forget to ring the bell three times, as it said that this will bring you good luck and drive away evil spirits.

  • Flysch, Basque Country

    Sakoneta and Mendata

    This walk will lead you alongside the sea on several cliffs topped by green meadows. In their hidden nooks and crannies you can discover little coves and beaches where you can swim in good weather. And here you'll be able to admire the peculiar rock formations called Flysch. An incredible quirk of nature that consists of sheets of rock created by sediment accumulated over thousands of years, forming crests that reach out into the sea creating a beautiful, unique landscape.

  • Salto del Nervión waterfall, Álava, Basque Country

    El Salto del Nervión

    On this trail you'll discover the highest waterfall in the whole of the Iberian Peninsula. The water crashing down from a height of over 220 metres is a sight that will take your breath away. As you walk through dense woodland, you'll hear the sound of the water getting closer, until suddenly the trees open up before you, revealing this huge waterfall. Before starting out on this trail, it's essential to check that there's water in the river, as if it's dry you'll find an impressive gorge, but no water. This is a place that is definitely well worth a visit, and one that you'll always remember. 

  • Gorbeia Natural Park, Basque Country

    Itxina

    In the heart of Gorbeia Natural Park, Itxina is one of the most interesting massifs for walkers. Here you’ll be able to walk through a labyrinth of caves and chasms, concealing many stories and legends from Basque mythology. A perfect place for giving your imagination free rein, and exploring some of the key places in traditional Basque culture. The beginning of this trail is truly spectacular, as you cross through an incredible natural gateway, the Eye of Atxular, which will lead you into this natural landscape so full of mystery and fantasy.

The Basque Country is full of trails to follow while you discover its gorgeous scenery. Routes run through the mountains or by the sea, through deep forests or under spectacular waterfalls. Whatever your favourite type of landscape, you can walk in it.