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Urkiola Natural Park, Basque Country

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National Park
Urkiola Natural Park is a protected area located in the southeastern corner of Biscay and Álava in the northern Basque Country, Spain. It is a protected area of 5958ha.It was declared a Natural Park on 29 December 1989.The Park's highest mountain summit is Amboto at 1337m. This mountain has a strong mythological significance. Is the main dwelling of Mari, a figure of Basque mythology. Urkiola Natural Park and Gorbea Natural Park form an important environmental unit. Landscape features and easy access have been fundamental to leisure and sports use.Description and accessUrkiola Natural Park covers an area of 5958ha and has a perimeter of 83.8km. The Natural Park is located in eight municipalities, seven in Biscay and one in Álava.LandscapeThe landscape of Urkiola Park consists of limestone masses. These rocks have steep slopes, with gullies and cliffs. Karst plains support a diverse and rugged landscape consisting of different proportions of shrubs, grasses, rocks, beech and pine forests.Mining activity is important in the park and its vicinity. While mineral extraction has been a traditional activity within the land that makes up the Urkiola Natural Park, the mines were closed long ago. LImestone quarries, opencast mines that have a great impact on the landscape, have remained active since the formation of Urkiola Natural Park.GeologyThe abundance of limestone and rainfall in the area has led to a very rich karstic relief, with many caves with prehistoric remains of human occupation, sinkholes and fissures.
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  • Anboto, the home of the goddess Mari in Basque is located in this park. With a wonderful beech forest, the stations of the cross that ends at a viewpoint overlooking the anboto and its surrounding mountains and the sanctuary of san antonio with their pilgrimages and their traditions. A small jewel that should visit.
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  • Upon arrival impresses the landscape and the spectacular sanctuary of stone that presides over the entrance to the Park of Urkiola. I recommend go to the information center that there are 500 metres from the bars/restaurants that are on the edge of the road. There they will give you information of the routes that you can do. (there are several that come to the villages around). We first visited the sanctuary and the via Crucis-Chapel of Christ that begins right in the parallel to the sanctuary-parking area. Breathtaking views at the end of the path with its three crosses. (more than a path is a walk). Then you can leave the car there or upload above where there are two more parking. We started the trail Urkiola pol pol. In the second fair parking next to vertical signalling pathways, begins the trail Urkiola pol pol. We mistakenly started the trail along the forest track which recommended be turn and then we were unable to find the home to return to cross the meadows. In summary, along with the signaling can choose if go to the pol pol on the track 3.3 km or meadow. The track is very easy to access and you can enjoy the views and the livestock in the area, I can say anything from the path of the meadows. Once the track bridge to a large meadow where you can see strolling the vultures in the area even to see them feed themselves. In the Meadow you can see supply Iturria and rest area and a little further up you will see signs indicating you left visiting Santa Barbara and the fantastic views from the other side of the Valley, (subireis up to the Ridge, 1 km and little stony and narrow in some areas but mostly easy path) or track and climb another mountain crest and some caves which at the end. We never got to the final but insurance that follows the line of the entire Park.
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  • Already rise by Abadiño Valley and his swamp it promises what you'll find... a wonderful and exemplary perfectly-kept forest. Also don't forget to visit the jewel of the sanctuary, has bar and restaurant next door and if you have time the ascent to the famous Anboto, we leave it for another occasion, also has quite a few excursions to from this point. Look at the window of the sanctuary... has much meaning. If there is time, I recommend Durango.Espero-down back
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  • It is a great natural place with beatiful views and a good place to relax and do sport in mountain
  • It place is nice to walk until the Saibai Mountain. There are a lot of trails to walk.
  • Beautiful area and lovely people & villages
  • Great for hiking, full of wonderful trails
  • Great place to disappear from the city. Endless all year round facilities.

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