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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  • August 17, 2017
    Park in the restaurant area and climbing the slope 300 m to the center of interpretation dnd you report on the different routes. We did facilitates it that leaves the scepter of information and ends up in the sanctuary, passing through beautiful areas. Very affordable route! It is worth to see the views from the viewpoint of the 3 crosses.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Although the place is a quiet place to walk and follow different routes expected me something different. Much of the vegetation is not native. Indications of the different routes are not marked clearly, which entails walking trails that end in wire fence and have to back and forth where it had gone.
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  • July 18, 2017
    We decided to make a visit to this fantastic Park and delighted us with their views, the variety of routes offering and the tranquility is breathed. Noteworthy is also the shrine located at the entrance of the Park. We did a circular walk route along the road surrounded by beech trees, we find ourselves with some cows and then horses that grazed quietly. Characteristics of the landscape and easy access have been decisive for the playful and sporty use of the place, use that the Park has been increased and streamlined for the sake of environmental conservation. Highlights of itineraries of mountain ranging from simple walks to climbing with slopes exceeding 1,000 metres of altitude and climbing routes in the walls that surround the Atxarte pass. Without a doubt, a visit highly recommended!
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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.
  • Great place to disappear from the city. Endless all year round facilities.
  • Wonderful scenery and walks
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