The best of Basque Top 3 Sights Along the Basque Coast

1.) Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the Basque Country. This nature reserve is a large estuary containing the Oca River that flows into the Bay of Biscay. The ocean tides are constantly changing the landscape here, which affords the visitor different perspectives depending on the tide.  The famous town of Gernika is situated at the vertex of the estuary, in the heart of the Basque Country.  Several beautiful beaches are located where the river enters the ocean. The quaint Basque coastal fishing town of Mundaka lines the western edge of the Oca, and is most famous for its world-renowned surf spot. On the eastern shore you will find Laida beach, which has an ocean front bar Atxarre Bar that serves up some absolutely delicious pintxos!

Looking towards the Urdaibai Reserve from Mundaka.

The Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve at low tide.

2.) The Flysch Formation

This unique geological formation dating back some 60 million years is a must see destination for a tour of the Basque Country. These spectacular cliffs and rock formations run the coast of Gipuzkoa along the Bay of Biscay. The formation extends over 8km of coastline from Mutriku to Zumaia, and is often visited by many world-renowned geologists. There is also the opportunity to see this magnificent sight from the ocean on a Boat Tour. This ocean view gives the visitor a different perspective of the ancient formations. This amazing spot is a national treasure of the Basque Country, and is a stop on our San Sebastian & Coastal Route

The town of Zumaia looking out over the Flysch.


The 60 million year old Flysch geological formation.

3.) Gaztelugatxe

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is small island located in Bizkaia between the cities of Bakio and Bermeo along the Bay of Biscay. This small island is connected to the coast by a small man-made bridge made of stone. At the peak of the small island sits a small hermitage that dates back to the 10th century. Gaztelugatxe is an amazing feat of engineering, and a truly beautiful sight to see when touring the Basque region. There is also a very nice restaurant and bar named Eneperi located near the island that offer delicious Basque cuisine and pintxos! This spot also affords the visitor some amazing sunsets! Definitely worth the trip from Bilbao or San Sebastian to check it out!

The hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.

A beautiful sunset overlooking Gaztelugatxe.


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