Urdaibai is an extraordinarily beautiful and varied natural space, which is why it was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1984. Its heart is the Oka River that rises on Mount Oiz and becomes an estuary when it reaches Mundaka, creating spectacular marshes full of of life.
Urdaibai offers you some of the most beautiful and appreciated beaches in the Basque Country, Laida, which constantly varies in shape and size, or the spectacular Laga beach, located under the imposing Peñón de Ogoño, which many define as "the closest thing to paradise". ”.
Take a look at some of the natural viewpoints that Urdaibai offers you. The Peñón de Ogoño or the hermitages of San Pedro de Atxarre in Ibarrangelu and San Miguel de Ereñozar in Ereño offer you unforgettable panoramic views of all this beauty.
The beautiful fishing villages of Elantxobe and Mundaka are a must stop. Don't miss Gernika, the cradle of Basque identity, or Bermeo and its beautiful fishing village.
Wide range of sports and nature-related activities
Canoeing along the Urdaibai estuary is probably the best way to get to know the natural wealth that this environment contains, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1984.
Initiation classes and courses for all ages or if you are already an experienced surfer, Mundaka and his left wave will be waiting for you. Considered one of the best in Europe. This famous wave attracts many surfers from all over the world every year who fill the waters with color with their boards.
Mountain and road bike routes. You can make excursions of all kinds of difficulty. From family outings along the bike lanes and designated trails, to demanding mountain and road bike outings.
If asphalt is your thing, enjoy the route that the Tour de France cyclists will take next July along the roads of Urdaibai. Dare to climb Mount Oiz, the highest point in Urdaibai and the end of the stage in the cycling tour of Spain.
The Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve is a transit point for migratory birds and an area of great ornithological richness. At different points of the marsh there are bird observatories, the most prominent being the Urdaibai Bird Center.
Urdaibai Bird Center
Urdaibai Bird Center is a space open to the public, a large bird research center, a privileged observatory of the marsh, it is, in short, a great living museum of nature, where birds set the course. A mandatory stop for ornithology lovers and for all those who enjoy the spectacle of nature.
It is in Gautegiz Arteaga, in the very heart of the Reserve and with impressive views.
Ekoetxea Urdaibai is a center to value biodiversity, and with this objective, and through exhibitions and educational activities, it informs and educates visitors about the importance of biological diversity and promotes its approach to people.