These are the hideouts and beaches of Urdaibai that do not appear in the guides. Places where you will see many natives but no tourist or almost none.
1. ARITZATXU BEACH
It is a tiny beach full of charm, 80 meters long and about 15 meters wide. The bad thing is that as it is so small soon it is crammed. It belongs to the coastal town of Bermeo and it is quite far from the center so you will not see monstrous buildings in the vicinity. It is a small treasure of nature.
A #BASQUESTYLE TXIRINGUITO
Although the beach is tiny, the txiringito should not be missing. Imagine in a cove with music and good atmosphere, incredible views and a beer that does not cost you more than 2 euros.
We have nothing to envy Ibiza 😉
HOW TO GET TO ARITZATXU
To get to this small bay you have to go up the street with the same name “Aritzatxu Bidea” to the cemetery and follow the asphalted road.
Between Busturia and Sukarrieta lies this unknown island. Although it only has 2.7 hectares you have many attractions:
- A botanical garden with very varied specimens and an important Cantabrian holm, of the oldest of Urdaibai.Its location, in the reserve Urdaibai, makes it possible to see and hear birds of all kinds, an idyllic bird observatory.To top it off, surrounding the island you reach a viewpoint that offers an espectacular view, another approach to Urdaibai, less known but equally impressive.
The island belonged to the Gandarias family, who started the beach exploitation and turned it into a very popular summer resort. On the island of Txatxarramendi have been Sabino Arana and Indalecio Prieto, even Ava Gadner spent seasons on the island in the company of Pedro Pascual Gandarias, grandson of Pedro Gandarias, the owner of the island.
In the 60’s the Gandarias family sold the island to the Provincial Government and the building is currently used by AZTI, the Institute for Science and Fisheries Technology.
3. A FOREST FULL OF ART
This forest is a discovery of February 2017, I have to admit I had never seen it. Its author Rober Garay calls it “Beresi basoa” (Forest of the shrubs?)
The truth is that I would not know how to define it but the least that can be said is that it is very curious and I loved it. Top 1 for LandArt lovers.
It integrates works of art in nature as if they were part of it. The land is private and the forest is open only to guided visits with the author or through the Madariaga Tower Museum. We hope to take a guided tour very soon to know a little more about the works and the artist.
But for now, you can see a little more about the forest and its works on facebook.
Garay also exhibited his work at Ekoetxea Urdaibai, Basque Biodiversity Center, located in Madariaga Tower. Another must visit if you come to Urdaibai with family or with children.
He is currently working on the production of the book “ArteBrutto Naturalis 3.0”, where his LandArt works in different natural environments. It is a crowdfunding project in which you can participate and receive the dedicated book. We have already participated and we are “his sponsor” as he says. There are different ways to help. You have all the details in this direction. Cheer up!
4. INSTAGRAMER´S PIER
If you are looking for new scenarios for your Instagram profile this is your place. A place full of history, very close to the Shipyard Murueta, where you can see a row of wooden piers. It is a bit addictive because once you take the camera there is no stop.
How to get to the Pier de Murueta:
You have to take the road that leads to the church of Murueta and continue in the direction of Goierria neighborhood.
5. THE BANK OF LAGABURU
If in Galicia they claim to have “the most beautiful bank in the world” those of Urdaibai are not going to be less.
For the #Urdaibailovers, the best bank in the world is in “Lagaburu” where you can see the impressive Ogoño cape, a rocky wall that is the paradise of many climbers.
To get to this bank you do not have to be a great hiker or a great mountaineer.
From the Elantxobe cemetery you have to take the road on the left and in 20-30 minutes you will arrive. There is no loss. From there, there is a small path to go to the top of Ogoño but it hidden so it is easier to come back to the cemetery and start the other way to the top.
* COMMENTS: urdaibailovers is licensed to use TX for words like txuleta, txiringito, txakoli. Regardless of what the RAE (ROYAL SPANISH ACADEMY) may say 😉