Secluded from the ocean and sheltered from the Bay of Biscay, Urdaibai is nestled on the Atlantic side of the Basque Country, in the north of the Iberian Peninsula. It is formed by several valleys, overturned the sea through an estuary in which a complete representation of the typical environments of the Cantabrian Coast endures . From the cliffs and beaches of the coast to the forests and rivers of the interior, through the marshes and river valleys, it probably offers the greatest landscape and ecological diversity of the Basque Country, harboring species of undoubted natural value.
In late 1984 Urdaibai is declared Biosphere Reserve, with the primary objective of conserving natural systems, biodiversity and ensuring the rational use of its resources.
Located in the Busturialdea region, it allows you to enjoy the historic town of Gernika ( www.gernika – lumo.net ), the beaches of Laida and Laga, the seaside towns of Mundaka, with its famous left hand wave for surfers and Elantxobe as well as the spectacular landscape in which the chapel of Gaztelugatxe and the remnants of the Basque ancestors in Santimamiñe caves.
Places of interest
- The chapel of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
- Santimamiñe Caves