COASTAL EXPERIENCES

SAILING UP THE URDAIBAI ESTUARY

Urdaibai

The blue waters of the Urdaibai estuary shine brightly under the sun. It is a clear day and a boat trip is a pleasure. Remember, you need to embark 15 minutes before the departure time. That's very important. Fantastic scenery and small fishing villages are visible on both sides. First you’ll visit the Isle of Izaro, where you’ll find the ruins of an ancient Franciscan hermitage. It is also where cormorants and gulls choose to live. Their screeches and fluttering are impressive, images of which will remain etched in your mind. There’s nothing quite like the feel of the cool salty air on your face. From here, you’ll set sail for Ogoño cliff, where you’ll see the 300 metres of limestone rise majestically from the water and the caves within, accessible only from the sea. Next you’ll see the peculiar hanging houses of the village of Elantxobe. On the way back, you’ll be tempting to stop at Laga beach, one of the wildest and most beautiful on the Basque Coast, but you’ll carry on to the entrance to the Urdaibai Estuary and Mundaka harbour. Bermeo, last stop, welcomes you back from an incredibly beautiful trip.

THE FLYSCH ROUTE

Flysch

More than 60 million years of History are etched into the incredible Flysch cliffs. These sedimentary rocks, one of the most impressive sights on the planet, are found in the Basque Country Geopark. From the sea, by boat, they rise up majestically like rocky giants or spread out like stone beaches, the passage of time etched into the grooves and lines like an open book. An expert guide will explain the secrets of the Geopark, one of the largest geological sanctuaries on Earth. The guide reads the rocks as though speaking a magic language. In fact, what he shares with anyone who decides to take the trip is pure science. For example, the great extinction of the dinosaurs is recounted in the rocks. While you sail from Zumaia to Mutriku, passing Deba, the guide explains the traditions of these fishing villages and their influence on local culture and society. When you arrive at Mutriku, you’ll dock for 45 minutes to visit the port and old quarter, declared a monumental site. The walls and streets here will tell you even more history.