Biotopo babestua

Deba eta Zumaia arteko itsasertz babestu honek 8 kilometro inguru eta 4.299 hektareako azalera du. Biotopoak, Euskal Autonomia Erkidegoko itsasertzeko ekosistema guztien artean geologia, paisaia eta naturaren aldetik oso balio handia duten elementuak ditu. 

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Izarraitz

The Izarraitz massif located in the Urola valley, within the municipalities of Azkoitia, Azpeitia and Zestoa, has been declared a Protected Natural Space and is spread over 1,531.5 hectares having three major mountains: Erlo (1026m), Kakute (942m) and Xoxote (930m).

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Hernio-Gazume

The Hernio-Gazume area is a calcareous formation composed of karst caves and rocky peaks. It has been declared as a Special Area of Conservation and is part of the Natura 2000 network. In total it has 2,160 hectares spread among the municipalities of Aia, Albiztur, Alkiza, Asteasu, Bidegoian, Errezil, Hernialde, Larraul and Tolosa. The area is a haven for countless species of flora and fauna and it is also home to a large number of species of special biodiversity interest. At the top we can find hawks and Griffon vultures and as well as Montagu's harriers nests. Winding down we find grasslands and mixed forest composed of elm trees, maple trees, linden trees, ash trees and hazelnut trees. Many species of bats live in the numerous caves and abysses of the area

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Trail routes

The Urola river valley offers a unique opportunity to enjoy nature through an extensive network of approved trails, one way to explore our region and its beautiful spots at the reach of any hiker. Tourism and sport at the reach of all.

TRAIL ROUTES OF UROLA

Geopark

The miracle of the union of sea with earth

The Geopark of the westesrn Basque Coast is formed by a spectacular coastline that offers us a highly valuable geological, landscape and cultural heritage. This coastal area that encompasses the towns of Zumaia, Deba and Mutriku is part of the European Geoparks Network.
This natural treasure has been created by the erosive action during millions of years by the sea. Successive rocky strata have created a geological formation called Flysch which is about 60 million years old and reflects the major events in Earth's history. Many of these strata have become international points of reference in the geological time of the planet.

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Ibai-Eder reservoir

Circular route.
Length: 6,8 km.

The ibai-eder reservoir is located in the neighbourhood of Nuarbe in an area belonging to the municipalities of Azpeitia and Beizama. The reservoir caters to 68,000 inhabitants of Urola Medio, Bajo and Costa (Azkoitia, Azpeitia, Zestoa, Zumaia, Getaria, Zarautz and Orio) with an annual consumption of 6,598,000 m³. The reservoir built in 1991 is fed apart from the flow of Ibai-eder and Ibar rivers, by catchment water of a 30 square kilometres area.

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Hot Springs

Zestoa Spa

Out of the many spas that existed in Gipuzkoa at the beginning of the 20th-century, after 200 years, Zestoa is the only establishment that is still in operation. According to legend, the therapeutic value of the waters of Zestoa was discovered in 1760 by the Marchioness of San Millán. When the Marchioness was strolling through the nearby meadows her dogs which were suffering from scabies went for a swim in a hot water well and they got cured immediately. Knowing the water properties, it was declared to be of Public Utility in 1792 and thus the Cestona Spa was born in 1804. In its origins it was called Gesalaga, which in Basque language means "salty water site", a name with which the country house present next to the spring waters was known as. The present neoclassical building was built in 1893 and rebuilt a century later after the floods in 1983.

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Marina

Urola Marina, Zumaia

Located at the mouth of the Urola river, the Zumaia port offers 550 berths. The facility offers numerous services and is placed in a privileged location close to the Flysch.

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Urola Greenway Route

The old Urola train route

The Urola Greenway connects the towns of Azpeitia and Legazpi following the course of the Urola river. The route starts at the Garmendipe sports centre of Azpeitia and leads us directly up to the Sanctuary of Loiola. Upon arriving at the Loiola station, the asphalt road gives way to a trail from the park in front of the Sanctuary. If you decide to make a halt at Loiola, you can visit the spectacular monumental site comprising the Tower-House of Loiola and its Basilica.

Continuing towards the right of the sanctuary we will again reach the Greenway and we enter the beautiful valley formed by the Urola river. This stretch is very popular among walkers, skaters, and cyclists. Once in Azkoitia, the route passes by the old train station which has been converted into a municipal library. Here the road diverts into two and there are two alternatives: one is through calle Xabier Munibe up to the Urola river in the direction of the town plaza; the other consists in crossing the Elkargune sports centre tunnel and through calle Ibaiondo. Those who choose the first option will have a chance to see the historical centre of the town, visiting the parish church of Santa María la Real and the Idiakez Tower-House, among others. The historical centre of Azkoitia has been designated as a monumental site and it hosts numerous buildings of great value.

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Following the course of the river we should go towards the neighbourhood of Jausoro to continue on the Greenway. Leaving behind the urbanisation and the adjacent industrial park, a mountainous landscape opens up dotted with bridges and tunnels that will take us to the old Aizpurutxo station. This neighbourhood located about 5 kilometers from Azkoitia is built on both sides of the Urola river. It has a pelota court, two restaurants and the San Agustín church (1904).

Following the Urola river the path passes by the Aginaga recreational area. From this point on, the landscape changes completely from being a narrow and enclosed valley to a more spacious and bright one. It is dotted with meadows and country houses until reaching the old Urretxu station. Continuing on the the Greenway we reach the centre of the town.

The route continues along the railway track that Patricio Etxeberria an entrepreneur from Legazpi used for transporting goods up to his factory located in the town. Passing by the Zumarraga station, the path runs between factories and mountains until reaching Legazpi. The route ends when it reaches an industrial zone located about 500 meters from the town centre. It is possible to continue the route along the cycle track built between the town and Mirandaola where the Basque Iron Museum is located. Crossing the park we can reach the neighbourhood of Brinkola and its train station (line C-1/Brinkola-Irun). This could mark the end of the route or the beginning of a new journey.

 

There is a bicycle rental service at the Aitzaki Kirolak store in Azpeitia (Plaza Jose Antonio Agirre, 4). Tel.: 943 150 738 / 605 770 078 - eMail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Tips


  • Check the types of transport that you can use. If the route you have chosen does not have public transport and you decide to go by car, consider the following tips:
    • Share the vehicle.
    • Plan the trip in advance, you will avoid unnecessary detour.
    • Avoid rough driving. Respect the speed limits and save fuel.
    • If possible, keep a constant speed. Avoid sudden stops and accelerations.
    • Do not force the car. Use high gears and drive at low engine speeds. If you have a diesel-run vehicle, try to drive between 1,500 and 2,000 revolutions; in case it is petrol-run, between 2,000 and 2,500.
    • Turn off your car engine if you're going to stop for more than 2 minutes.
    • Do not overload the car.
    • When possible, keep the windows closed. Park in a shade and do not misuse air conditioning.
    • Please check your car periodically: tyre pressure setting, oil level check and change of air and oil filters.
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Santiago beach

Length: 350 m.
Average width: 175 m.
Degree of concentration: SEMIURBAN
Sand colour: GOLDEN
Sand typer: FINE
Bathing conditions: MODERATE WAVES

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Itzurun beach

Length: 270 m.
Average width: 75 m.
Degree of conentration: URBAN
Sand colour: GOLDEN
Sand type: FINE
Bathing conditions: STRONG WAVES, TIDAL PLATFORM

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Outdoor swimming pools, Azpeitia

  • 00 m2 Recreational swimming pool
  • 1,500 square meters natural grass solarium
  • Services
  • Poolside bar

Tel: 943 81 30 69
Schedule:
from mid June to mid September.
Opening Hours:
Every day from 11:00 to 20:00. The swimming pools are open from mid June to mid September.
Rates: Entry without membership= for over 17 years: 6.10 Euros; up to 17 years: 4.75 Euros; unemployed and retired persons: 4 Euros.

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