Nature Parks in Basque Country

Nature Parks in Basque Country
Aiako Harria Natural Park
The Aiako Harria Natural Park is located on the foothills of the Pyrenees, in the eastern part of the province of Guipúzcoa. It covers 6,145ha. The massif is crisscrossed by streams and waterfalls and covered in forests of beech and oak.
Aralar Natural Park
The Aralar Natural Park is located in the southeast of the province of Guipúzcoa and covers 10,956ha. This is a stunning beautiful mountainous area, with jutting limestone massif’s, rivers, streams, beech and oak forests and pasture land. The area is also home to an abundance of megalithic monuments such as dolmens, tumuli, cromlechs and menhirs.
Gorbeia Natural Park
The Natural Park is located around Gorbeia massif which lies between the provinces of Vizcaya and Álava. It covers 20,016 ha and is the largest Natural Park in the Basque Country. This mountainous area is home to forests of beech, oak and yew, along with pasture land.
Izki Natural Park
The Izki Natural Park is located in the very far southeast of Alava. It covers 9,081ha, of which 3,500ha is forest of Pyrenean oak. Surrounded by mountains, it lies on a high plateau and has within its boundaries a beautiful gorge.
Pagoeta Natural Park
Pagoeta Natural Park has been established around the mount of the same name. It covers 2,860ha and includes the towns of Aia, Zarautz and Zestoa and is part of the Guipuzcoa coastal mountain chain. The area and its surroundings contain important traces of its prehistoric past: there are dolmens, tumuli and important cave sites on the bottom of its valleys and another site on the mountain.
Urkiola Natural Park
The Urkiola Natural Park is located southeast of Bizkaia and northeast of Alava and covers 5,955ha. The Park is characterised by the rocky peaks of highest part of the Aramotz Mountain Range and its beech, oak and birch forests.
Valderejo Natural Park
The Valderejo Natural Park is located in the most western part of Alava. Situated in a high and wide valley surrounded by limestone cliffs, it is stunning beautiful. It covers 3,418.5 ha. Man’s presence has virtually untouched this area and so the fauna and flora have benefitted accordingly.