San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
This idyllic place is located between the coastal towns of Bakio and Bermeo joined to the coast by a stone bridge and a 241-step staircase.
The church we see today unfortunately is not the original one. Over the centuries there have been fires and battles and the church has had to be rebuilt on multiple occasions. It is believed that the first hermitage was erected in the 9th century. In the 12th century, it became a convent. However, two centuries later the friars left the place taking all the valuables with them.
At its heart is the river Oka, born on Monte Oiz and which flows out into an estuary at Mundaka, creating some spectacular wetlands that teem with life. We recommend that you come at different times of day to see them at both high and low tide.
Fish eagles, spoonbills and eurasian bittern are some of the birds which are scarce elsewhere on the Iberian Peninsula but which you can see here. The setting is a paradise for birds. Don’t forget to visit the modern Urdaibai Bird Center, where you can find all the information you need not to miss a detail.
The place where it grows in Gernika was the meeting place of the peoples of the Bizkaia regions from at least the 14th century onwards, and symbolises the continuity of Basque tradition. This oak tree, which is substituted by a cutting from the old one when it needs replacing, stands behind the Casa de Juntas.
This building is the seat of one of the oldest parliaments in Europe.Not only has the Casa de Juntas retained this function, but it is still in regular use, hosting plenary sessions and other events for the Bizkaia provincial authority, of which it is the home.
The Bizkaia Bridge was the first ferry bridge built in the world with a metal structure. It is located at the mouth of the Ibaizabal river, at the point where the navigable estuary of Bilbao used to get to the sea until the 19th century. It was inaugurated on 28 July,1893 and its design was the work of Alberto Palacio and Elissague.
In 2006 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for being one of the most outstanding constructions of the European Industrial Revolution and of the iron architecture.
The moment you arrive in San Sebastián, La Concha beach invites you for a dip or a pleasant stroll along the shore, even in winter. The elegance of the bay, framed by the massif of Igueldo and the island of Santa Clara, is known the world over. The city has two other fine urban beaches: if you like walking you can start your stroll on Zurriola beach, frequented by surfing enthusiasts, then skirt round Monte Urgull along the Paseo Nuevo and then go right across the bay to finish on Ondarreta beach. There you are awaited by the Peine del Viento, an impressive large-scale sculpture by Eduardo Chillida and Peña Gantxegi which speaks of the ferocity of the Bay of Biscay.
You’ll feel it as soon as you arrive – Vitoria-Gasteiz is friendly and convenient, designed for living in: everything is close at hand, including the so-called Green Ring, a perimeter around the city formed by six large parks you can explore on foot or by bicycle. In one of them, Salburua, you can see several lakes which, thanks to their privileged location on a migration route, are visited by a wide variety of birds. Vitoria-Gasteiz gets international certification as a destination for sustainable tourism, Biosphere Responsible Tourism.