Drive from Bilbao to Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve (Road Journey)
You are met this morning by your driver and trek guide.
Walking in Urdaibia (600 m)
This morning you are met by your trek guide to start your walk at Laida Beach, in Urdaibai. The surrounding marshes and wetlands harbour numerous ecosystems with a vast diversity of flora and fauna. From Laida Beach you'll hike to the San Pedro Atxarre chapel (XVth Century) and from there reach Laga beach. Here you may like to have a swim before heading up to Mount Ogoño and Elantxobe, a beautiful fishing town. The town is characterised by rows of buildings on terraces, all facing the sea and the harbour, from any point the views are impressive. It is worth stopping to look inside the church of San Nicolas de Bari, home to a beautiful Baroque altarpiece made of gilded wood.The Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, as it was declared by UNESCO in 1984, extends over an area of 23,000 hectares of 22 municipalities in the Busturialdea district, with the Mundaka estuary at its axis. This environment includes the Antzoras Cliffs, the beaches of Laga and Laida, forests such as Oma, rivers like the Oka, marshes and riverside meadows, as well as the islands of Txatxarramendi and Izaro.
The 12 kilometres of sand, which form the mouth of the Mundaka estuary, are considered the most important wetland area in the Basque Country. This region becomes a resting and wintering site for many species of migratory birds, which are rare in the Iberian Peninsula, such as the grey heron, cormorant, common tern, Eurasian spoonbill and a large number of wading birds, along with fish, amphibians and reptiles. This landscape and ecological diversity is completed with prehistoric sites such as the Santimamiñe cave and the necropolis at the Roman settlement in Forua.
Visit Urdaibai Bird Centre
If you want to learn more about the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, a visit to the Urdaibai Bird Centre is a must. Besides being an excellent museum and a scientific research centre for birds, the centre is located in a privileged position within the reserve, showcasing incredible views of the surrounding marshland. The centre is the compulsory stop off point for migratory birds, so visitors are rewarded with incredible views of different species coming to nest and land.
You will be staying at Castillo de Arteaga, Bed & Breakfast