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Urkiola Natural Park, Basque Country

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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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  • Well worth a visit if you like walking and seeing the views. There is good car parking, a couple of cafe/bars. A visit to the information (Toki Alai visitor centre) gave us walks which were easy/moder...  more »
  • Not on a busy main road so you have to deliberately go here.Its beautiful countryside and if that's what you want to see you wont be disappointed.Most reviews are by Spaniards themselves as it is a na...  more »
  • We whizz from Vitoria to Durango and we find the moles of rock on the green of the meadows of the Urkiola natural park. We were fascinated. In the photos is not appreciated the immense scale of the crests of the mountains. The forest has a most pleasant walk. If you are near sure to visit it
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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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