Gorbeia Natural Park

Gorbeia Natural Park

Gorbeia Natural Park

The Gorbeia Natural Park, located at the foot of Mount Gorbea, contains landscapes of great beauty. You can enjoy seeing the local flora and fauna in their natural habitat. A visit to the Oro Sanctuary and the Gujuli waterfall are well worth the trouble, as are the local crafts workshops that produce a range of different products. This Natural Park is located between the provinces of Vizcaya and Álava, around Mount Gorbeia, and is part of the mountain range that forms a watershed between the Cantabrian Sea and the Mediterranean. Due to its great height, Gorbeia Natural Park has a typical mountain climate and acts like a huge barrier stopping the damp winds from the Bay of Biscay. It is largely responsible for the major climactic differences between its north and south faces.
Gorbeia is a traditional reference point for Basque mountaineers. The attraction of peaks such as Gorbeiagane, Aldamin, Oketa, Berretin. The quality and spectacular nature of its landscapes, together with the strategic situation of this mountain range which is close to a number of neighbouring population centres, have made Gorbeia one of the most frequented mountain ranges. The tracks and paths of this mountain range are used by hykers, mountain bike enthusiasts and horse riders. These activities are made much easier by the existence of a network of signposted paths in the Park, in addition to the GR and PR designed by the Mountain Federations.

Credits: Basque country-tourism