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15 May

Ur SL and Troka Abentura SL, sums that multiply

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Ur SL and Troka Abentura SL, sums that multiply

Troka Abentura has been working directly on active tourism activities and adventure sports in the Basque country for the last 20 years. We can consider ourselves as one of the landmark companies in the sector. Over the years, and currently, we are working on proposals and adventure programs for schools, for families, multi-adventure activities for groups of friends, … a wide range of activities and experiences enjoyed by thousands of people who visit the Basque Country and decide to participate in our activities.

Like seasoned adventurers, a few years ago now, we started a new journey, thinking, reflecting, we saw ourselves prepared and took the decision to start working methodologies and proposals aimed at company events, activities for companies and experiences for companies. New challenges, new energies, new methods, new ideas, we were looking for innovation in the products and services. All of this has been one of our key or principal lines of work over the last few years.

On this path, like in the mountains, we came across people who followed the path up to the summit. We began talking, sharing experiences and exchanging anecdotes. We realised we were not alone, that there are others that work in the same way, that have similar experiences, sharing the same point of view, a way of portraying our country to those that visit, similar methods of working, a shared understanding of the region, of living the active tourism sector – natural tourism.

Like in many relationships between people, there is always a starting point, a ‘spark’ that turns into something that starts to shine. There is always a moment when, in a more or less human way, between two companies the ‘and why not?’, ‘shall we give it a go?’, ‘does it really work?’ happens.

And this is where we are at, where active tourism companies with experience like UR and TROKA have taken the step to jointly analyse their strategy looking at MICE tourism, tourism for companies, events and incentives.

After more than a year of reflecting, meetings, analysis, gatherings, trials, teamwork, strategy development, comparisons, brainstorming … a lot of work that often takes time to shape into something defined, we are finally there and we are ‘on fire’.

What is emerging is an entity which is the multiplication of services from both companies, but not only that, it’s not only services but also ideas, methodologies, new proposals. They are spaces and places for events, they are contacts with companies, with receptive agencies, hotels, venues and with other companies in active tourism.

Two companies once seen as competitors in this sector are now working together. We have created a work dynamic that shapes us as a human group pulling in the same direction, looking for new experiences and activities for companies in a growing MICE tourism sector in the Basque Country.

As two companies coming together, having validated each other’s work, we recognise that by combining our resources and possibilities we will reach places previously impossible to get to. Moving on from seeing ourselves say ‘not possible’ to being empowered to say ‘Yes (Bai)’. We achieve the positive factor needed by the sector and take on the challenge of working to reach it, to put a ‘yes’, a ‘BAI’, as part of our dynamic and in our projects.

And speaking of challenges, these are the ones we set out to deal with as a new entity and using the same words, how we present ourselves to the pubic.

Provide an Active Tourism product related to culture and Basque sports, aimed at the MICE segment, with a referential trademark.

Place the MICE product offered by Basque Country’s very own businesses at the forefront of potential companies that come to carry out activities in the region; offer local people to show the best from here.

Create a line of important collaboration to best position the MICE products with collaborators, products and local services. We also think about the entire sector and its wider context.

Create a working team centred on market research and innovation that permits us to develop new activities aimed at the MICE segment.

Initiate tools for the marketing plan designed during the analysis phase (brand, web, social networks, catalogues, etc.). Together, be able to get to places where alone was previously impossible.

All of this from an area of active tourism and nature tourism, which in the end forms the backbone of our proposals and dynamics.

An adventure that counts on the support of institutions like the Diputacion Foral de Bizkaia (the Bizkaia County Council) through the Elkarlanean programme, that serves to set deadlines, design the dynamic and strategy. Support that is also perceived from other public institutions and private companies that day after day encourages us to continue adding, to continue multiplying.

This is also good news for activities offered for companies in Bilbao, Gasteiz, Donostia, Urdaibai, Lea, Artibai, Uribe, Getxo, Enkarterri, Bizkaia, Gipuzkoa, Araba, Rioja, Alaves, in a nutshell, all the destinations in the Basque region.

It provides good opportunities as well for collaboration for the multiple spectacular places that exist in our country and that can offer accommodation to these types of events, meeting centres, museums, hotels, restaurants, local landmarks, wine cellars, cider estates, Txakoli wine cellars and all those that we slowly want to begin working with and building attractive proposals for MICE tourism, interesting for all of us.

Finally, we’d like to give thanks that to all our staff, from both companies, for the effort they are putting into the development of this initiative. And to the directive teams in facilitating in the collaboration, honestly, this makes things much easier.

We continue working and are sure we will meet each other on the way, BAI noski! (Of course!)

 

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Restaurant Izarza

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Restaurant Izarza

Lugares con encanto: Restaurante Izarza para celebración de eventos de empresa. MICE

Set in Sondika, next to the Loiu airport and just 10 minutes away from both Bilbao and the Bizkaia Science and Technology Park we find Restaurant Izarza.

Izarza is not just a restaurant. On one hand it provides excellent gastronomical packages for business events, starting from traditional Basque cuisine to menus that can be adapted to each individual client’s taste. On the other hand, it offers modern facilities with wireless internet connection, a conference hall and meeting rooms all equipped with computers and 72” touch screens.

Not only that, companies can select, should they prefer, from an array of dining halls and private meeting rooms each serviced with their own waiters, telephones and internet access. These spaces have a maximum capacity of 100 people; all helping to create a personalised and exclusive atmosphere.

Last but not least, Restaurant Izara offers a landscaped garden of more than 5,000 square metres that affords attendees, as well as the organisation, a wide-open space perfect for gatherings of business events like our Herri Kirolak or rural sports exhibition or other varied team-building activities.

Team Building en el Restaurante Izarza con Troka Abentura

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The region of Uribe

The region of Uribe or Uribealdea, in Euskera, is one of the 7 regions that divide up the Biscay province. It is made up of 23 municipal areas amongst which Sopela, Urduliz, Plentzia, Gorliz, Bakio or Mungia are notable. The region of Uribe has a population of close to 150,000 inhabitants which grows significantly in the summer since some of its towns, especially the coastal ones, are a typical summer destination for people from Bizkaia.

Uribe comprises of coastal and hinterland and in this complete landscape we can enjoy inland valleys surrounded by breathtaking hillsides, rolling green fields reaching the coastline and finishing at the sheer cliffs that hang above popular beaches and the ever-present Cantabrian sea.

Vistas de la costa de la Comarca de Uribe

A reference in business tourism

Year after year, the region of Uribe further establishes itself as a destination for business events. And it’s because, when organising this type of event, agencies and organisations take into account the location, the communication, the infrastructure, the cultural and gastronomic offerings and variety of recreational activities.

As for communication, the region of Uribe depends on a major road network that makes it easy to access all its different municipalities and places of interest. Public transport (metro and bus) connect it with Bilbao and the surrounding neighbourhoods. Even the international airport of Bilbao can be found within this region, in the municipal town of Loiu.

Similarly, and next to the airport, The Scientific and Technological Park of Bizkaia is located. Established as one of the most important parks of its type in Basque Country and within the rest of the state. With 255 businesses set up, many are leaders in strategic sectors such as aeronautics, electronics, energy, environment, engineering, medicine or information technology.

Vista aérea de las instalaciones del Palacio Urgoiti

On offer, are different catering establishments with 3 and 4-star ratings, such as the Hotel – Golf Palacio de Urgoiti, scattered throughout the length and breadth of the region and comprising of suitable spaces for organisation of meetings, conferences and exhibitions.

Gastronomy is yet another attraction to the area. The possibility of delighting in the typical tastes of Bizkaia, from typical traditional Basque cuisine as offered in Aspaldiko Restaurant or Izarza Restaurant to the new tastes and food concepts from the three-star Michelin Azurmendi Restaurant run by chef Eneko Atxa.

Foto de los exteriores del Restaurante aspaldiko

This region also houses some of the best-known Txakoli bodegas (white wine) in Bizkaia. The Doniene Gorrondona Bodega is situated in Bakio, the cradle of Biscayan Txakoli. It is one of the Txakoli bodegas notable for having the best references when it comes to processing their own wine. This makes it currently the only bodega, amongst those dependent on the ‘Denominación de Origen’ classification, to have their own distillery.

Furthermore, in the same locality, we find the Txakoligunea, a museum dedicated to Txakoli. Through audio-visual and interactive installations we discover the history, characteristics and peculiarities of this wine.

The Gatika municipality is where the only castle in Bizkaia can be found, the Butrón Castle. A beautiful construction erected in the 13th century initially as a Casa Torre or Tower House that for 300 years witnessed the continuous and bloody battles between the various noble households of Biscay. Once the conflicts had ended between nobles, the castle lived through a period of decadence until at the end of the 19th century it was restored, acquiring its current style and form.

To this we need to add a comprehensive offer of activities and experiences directed towards the MICE sector, companies that have adapted their active tourism and adventure products in order to align them with the needs and requirements of a niche more and more in demand.

Foto de grupo de empresa antes de una sesión en traineras

On behalf of Troka Abentura we are creating proposals especially intended for every type of event, developing dynamics of team building, corporate social responsibility or incentives. Always based on our culture and making the most of the beautiful natural environment that surrounds us.

If you would like to know more about this fantastic region and its infinite possibilities, you can visit uribe.eu for more detailed information.

We are waiting for you!

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SILVIA VAREA ORTEGA

Sales and Marketing Manager at Aranzazu Hotels

Today we approach Aranzazu Hotels to interview Silvia Varea Ortega, Sales and Marketing Manager of this hotel group.

Silvia Varea - Sales and Marketing Manager en Aranzazu Hoteles

Silvia has for more than 10 years been part of this group; made up of hotels with 5 and 4-star ratings in Bilbao, San Sebastian and Haro (La Rioja). We are referring to the Carlton and Abando Hotels situated in Bilbao, the Hotel San Sebastian locate in San Sebastian and Los Agustinos Hotel located in Haro.

Three very interesting tourist locations. Bilbao and San Sebastian with a demand for urban-based tourism, cultural and about business. And Haro with a demand for tourism connected to the world of Oenology and bodegas, seeing as it finds itself at the epicentre of one of the most important wine growing regions in Spain as well as in Europe.

What is your day to day like, heading the department of sales and marketing for the Aranzazu hotel group?

Both very busy and amusing. With the hotels being located in different cities, and all with different needs… No two days are the same! If we add the promotional trips abroad to this… There is never time to for monotony…

Is there much difference in the type of guests depending on the hotel and location on?

No, not on location, given that all four are in the centre of their respective cities, it’s more to do with the reason for travel and the category of the establishment: four or five-star ratings.

At tourism level and from your experience, how would you rate the growing demand on tourism experienced by the Aranzazu hotels in the last few years?

Positive and sustained. We are growing and increasingly a more popular region for international travellers, even though there is still a lot to do.

I suppose over the course of these years you have had to tailor the hotel group offer in order to meet a changing demand. What are the most important milestones that you remember with regards to this?

Of course, we have been adapting to the needs of our guests, an essential condition in being able to meet their expectations. Provide a dynamic webpage with the best offers for our guests. Open and update profiles on social networks to inform and to listen … and, of course, to refurbish our facilities and improve our customer service on a daily basis.

It appears that the Basque Autonomous Community is positioning itself, increasingly as an interesting destination for event agencies and for businesses wanting to host congresses and all types of activities. Do you agree with this assertion? And how do you, as a hotel group, focus on this kind of demand?

Given that we are increasingly a more popular destination, more requests of this type are made now than years ago, but as I said before, there is still a long way to go…

On our end, we always give our best offer of service proposals taking into account that this type of tourism on the rise is also a priority for the city, and to strengthen our destination in this segment of tourism is a long-term commitment.

You form part of the Bilbao Convention Bureau, a society whose objective is to promote the city of Bilbao as a venue for business meetings, what does being part of Bilbao Convention Bureau offer you? And what do you, as a group, have to offer to the Bilbao Convention Bureau?

We are members of the BCB for many years and collaborate with them in promotional activities abroad. We are also in continuous contact supporting nominations at events, congresses, sports events … for the ones applied for.
Given that the Carlton Hotel is the most experienced tourist establishment in the city, we offer experience, and together with the Abando Hotel, permanently collaborate with the BCB.
In the same way at the San Sebastian Hotel we collaborate with the San Sebastian Convention Bureau.

On the other hand, how do you understand the relationship between entities like your group and companies like Troka Abentura who are dedicated to organising activities for groups of companies? Have you both considered some kind of collaboration?

EI understand the need to collaborate and pull together to secure nominations for our region. With help also from the DMC’s, we can put together valuable proposals for potential clients.

What do you understand are the next moves that Basque tourist sector companies and institutions need to make in order to face the next few years?

Mutual collaboration

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Basque trilogy

The MICE sector seems to grow year after year. We, as the companies committed to this niche market try to develop proposals that, while being original, serve to complete the objectives established in each one of the events that we organise or take part in.

On the other hand, our clients look for experiences, unique and unparalleled sensations. This means that, as providers of this type of experience, we must always be one step ahead, thinking, developing and giving form to new proposals adapted to the taste and needs of each client.

The ‘Basque trilogy’, is in part, outcome of this effort and in part, the result of the passion we feel for our tradition and culture. On many occasions looking back is eye opening and the outcomes always equally unexpected and surprising.

This is how the proposal came into existence; consisting of three different experiences that are rooted in the traditions of our ancestors and in the work and labour that they carried out in the field and at sea.

With time and modernisation much of the processes were discontinued. Some fell by the wayside, others have lasted until now and become challenges initiated amongst ’baserritarras’ or farmers, on many occasions, be means of betting. Cutting logs with axes, dragging and lifting weights, collecting corn cobs, tilling a field or rowing a ’trainera’or fishing boat tasks; no longer associated with farmers and fishermen. Now, they have been converted into expressions of a culture and a tradition reflected in the different forms of Basque rural sports or Herri Kirolak as they are known in the Basque Country.

From here on, at Troka Abentura, we have managed to give form to the proposals that bring participants closer to our culture and at the same time puts them in the shoes of a ‘baserritarra’(farmer) or a rower from long ago.

Exihibición de deporte rural vasco-herri kirolak

The first experience to which we titled Herri Kirolak Exhibición is exactly about that, an exhibition of the most representative types of Basque Rural Sports, stone lifting, wood chopping, Basque pelota (handball), cesta punta (basket tip pelota) amongst others. For this purpose and led by professional sportspersons; the participants discover the origins of the different sports disciplines, their principal characteristics and particularities so that later on they can be witnesses to a live demonstration of a few of them.

Actividad de herri kirolak participación para empresas

The second proposal of this trilogy we have called ‘Herri Kirolak Participation’. It’s an experience based on the work carried out by baserritarras (farmers) in the fields consisting of different challenges whereby participants must compete in teams to see who can get the most points. Hay bale lifting, weight or stone dragging, tug-of-war or the cob gathering race are some of the challenges that we propose in this activity. An experience that tests the muscles, intelligence and coordination of each team.

Actividad de traineras para grupos de empresas

The third activity that we propose, and not less interesting, is named Traineras (rowers) and will submerge the participants in the waters of the Cantabrian sea. Once converted into rowers they need to follow the orders of the skipper (an experienced rower) and all row a fishing boat to follow a marked-out course in the least possible time. Team work, coordination, collaboration and effort always carried out in a fun way.

We adapt to your needs

In Troka Abentura we contemplate these experiences not as monolithic and closed activities. We aim for our proposals can be adapted to the needs and objectives of those agencies and organisations that put their trust in us.

For example, there are agencies that want to combine the three activities into one or simply only two of them. We also have requests from companies or agencies that prefer not to commute to our activity base and prefer that we move the chosen activity to another location. Provided it is possible, at Troka Abentura we will do it.

Ask us for information and step into our culture in a fun and original way!


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Aizkolari golpeando un tronco con su acha. Eventos originales para empresas en el País Vasco.

The MICE industry is growing. More and more national and international companies and agencies wish to organise company events.

For events agencies, innovation and originality are key, in order to offer different activities and experiences to their clients. Organisations, as well as people that will participate to the events, should end up satisfied and planned targets should be met.

Here at Troka Abentura, we’ve dedicated ourselves to active adventure tourism for 20 years, working with a large scope of clients. We’ve gained a wide experience of the MICE industry, and many agencies trust our professionalism one year after another to organise a company event full of experiences and emotions.

Original company experiences in natural environments

We create original company experiences in natural environments. Our activity platform is located in an exceptional environment. It benefits from more than 2000 square metres of outdoor space, next to the Gorliz and Plentzia beach, 25 kilometres away from Bilbao.

On top of that, we love our culture and traditions and think that they can inspire a lot of fun, exciting and original propositions, connected to our history, which brings extra value to each experience.

One of our innovative proposals is named ‘the Basque trilogy’. It consists in three experiences, deeply rooted into our culture, which are acclaimed by the agencies and companies with which we usually collaborate.

Actividad de traineras para empresas. Participantes saludando. Eventos originales para empresas en el País Vasco.

The first of them is called ‘Herri Kirolak Exhibition’. This experience offers the discovery of the main rural sports performed in the Basque Country. During them, professional athletes will explain the origin of those sports, the equipment used and the main characteristics, ending by an exhibition.

This way, participants will be able to discover sports such as stone raising, wood chopping, pelota mano, pala, or cesta punta.

The second experience from the ‘Basque trilogy’ is called ‘Basque Rural Sports Participation’. This fun and dynamic activity, just like the first one, is intimately connected to the traditions from Basque Country. In it, we have adapted and converted in challenges different Basque rural sports. This activity is ideal for groups which want to work on group dynamics, team building and leadership.

During Basque Rural Sports Participation, the different teams will compete to obtain more points by playing different Basque rural sports. Soka tira (tug-of-war), raising a straw bale, ‘stone’ dragging, or corn-cob race are among the different challenges that participants will have to overcome.

Last, but not least, the third experience from the ‘Basque trilogy’ is the ‘Traineras’ (row boats) activity. Traineras are typical row boats from the Cantabrian coast, that used to be for fishing but are now involved into regattas.

This is for sure one of our most popular activities, very connected to the Basque tradition and culture. Various teams, various row boats, people serving as captain and participants experiencing by themselves how it feels to row in a trainera. They will traverse places such as Plentzia, Barrika, Getxo, Bilbao … competing against each other. A great experience based on team work.

This Basque trilogy can’t be complete without the possibility to enjoy some pintxos (Basque tapas) as well as wine and txakoli (Basque white wine), which are an essential part of the Basque gastronomy.

Original company experiences in urban environments

Troka Abentura designs original company experiences in urban environments as well. Traditions and technology go hand in hand on these, combining in the same activity culture, history and technology.

Ginkana Ipad. Eventos originales para empresas en entornos rurales.

Discovery, a destination through the iPad is an activity for companies designed to take place in an urban environment, enabling us to discover the culture, history, gastronomy and particularities of cities such as Bilbao, San Sebastian or Vitoria.

Through challenges, questions and riddles, the different teams will get to know the experienced destination. The whole activity is moderated thanks to an iPad, carried by each team.

With the Ginkana Cuadrilla iPad, we discover how it feels to be a Basque ‘cuadrilla’ (typical large group of friends) in the streets of Bilbao, San Sebastian, Vitoria or any other Basque city, while learning about the culture and traditions of the place through fun challenges.

Each group will take with itself an iPad and a basket with diverse goods, which will help to overcome the challenges. This very fun team-building experience is adaptable to any environment.

When organising an event, it is important to count with ideas, activities and experiences we can use to build the event that the company is looking for. We need to adapt the offer to this specific project, looking for customisation and exclusivity. That’s why more propositions to build events are available in our MICE section. If you wish to organise an original company event, please make sure to contact us. Tell us about your idea, and we’ll convert it into reality.


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Interview Silvia Varea Ortega

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Basque trilogy

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20 years of adventures

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06 Feb

Teamwork Dynamics for the Corporate World

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Grupo de empresa realizando unas dinámicas de trabajo en equipo para empresas.

 

It gets more and more important for companies to know the human potential they can count on, especially since Human Resources departments have been incorporated into the organisational structures.

A company should apprehend the human component that makes the organisation, and create dynamics to allow the managers to optimise the contribution they get from it. This, of course, aligned with the objectives established by the company.

These types of dynamics contribute to maintaining a positive atmosphere between the team members as well as between teams, which will always benefit the company.

We all know typical organisation cases in which each department, maybe even each position, works in an independent way, without letting the information flow to other positions or company departments. This is never a profitable environment for the organisation, neither on a productive level nor at the personal one.

Each department or team manager should avoid this nightmare at any cost. It has been proved that when the human resources from a company generate trustful relationships, the information flows at all levels and towards all directions.

Knowing the Human Potential

People in charge of the company must know their staff: their skills, strengths and weaknesses, as well as how to manage them in order to get the best possible result in each case. Staff members should as well know each other and have, as much as possible, a harmonious relationship.

Even if this seems to be common sense, it is often not enough taken into account by organisation managers, due to a lack of perspective, or in many cases a lack of knowledge.

For actions to provide a positive result, a previous work has to be done by company managers. An analysis of the company’s state, its needs and employees profile, as well as determining what we want to obtain with these dynamics.

Depending on our goals, such as generating a better work atmosphere, creating a team across various departments, or defining determined roles in between the teams, we can choose one or another action.

Obviously, the company itself has to identify which objectives it wants to achieve through these dynamics.

Company Events in the Basque Country

Troka Abentura organises activities for company events. We work with event agencies, consultancy firms and companies, creating original and enjoyable experiences, designed for organisations wanting to work on group dynamics, team work or team building.

We offer a 2000 square metres activity centre next to the Gorliz beach, which makes it possible for us to plan land and sea-based activities in an unbeatable environment. We also use our adventure spirit to relocate many of the experiences we offer to the places where you need them, moving to other locations if the clients need it.

Discover some of our team building experiences, visit our MICE section.


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20 years of adventures

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In 2019, Troka Abentura turns 20 years old as an active tourism and adventure company. 20 years learning and perfecting our activities and experiences, with the objective to offer companies and agencies a wide panel of interesting and thrilling MICE possibilities, always with adrenaline and fun.

Yesterday seems to be the day when two adventure sports lovers made their dream a reality. On the 1st of July, 1999, Troka Abentura was born, as a company dedicated to Active Tourism and Adventure Sports.

For two decades, we have grown and adapted to the market. At the beginning, we mostly worked with schools, offering summer stays, study trips and various multi-adventure programs. We soon diversified our offer and proposed it to groups, families and organisations. During those years, many people trusted us and shared moments full of illusions, adventure, diversion and adrenaline.

Wanting to keep innovating and because we were asked by various clients, we started with corporate events. Soon the MICE market showed as a major activity for Troka Abentura. Now, we create experiences and activities for companies, meetings and events. We work hand in hand with Incoming Agencies, with Conferences Organisers, with Marketing companies, directly with companies… We develop team building dynamics, Incentives and Corporate Social Responsibility actions, being able to adapt our offer to the different needs from our clients.

Nearly 20 years of experience place us as a referent business in the Basque Country for the MICE market and adventure and active tourism. Troka Abentura is a guarantee for professionalism and a sure bet for making your corporate event a success.

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2018: We keep growing

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Varias imágenes de actividades de MICE organizadas por Troka Abentura en 2018.

2018 has been a busy year, full of activities and experiences for corporate events. This wouldn’t have been possible without all the agencies and companies that trusted our capacities and professionalism.

The word of corporate events is very dynamic, it demands that we companies who dedicate to it make our products as attractive for our clients as possible, and innovate and create new experiences in order to expand our MICE offer.

For that reason, we have designed various new propositions this season. For instance, the ‘rowboat activity for companies’, where participants imagine they are whale fishers and row together with their team, competing against other rowboats, team work being essential to win.

Since this year, we organise corporate tours with electric mountain bikes. This is ideal for mixed groups which want to enjoy paths which will lead them to emblematic and wonderful places from our surroundings.

We as well gave an opportunity to an activity mixing technology, culture and fun. Discovery, a destination through the Ipad and Desafio-Ginkana IPAD are two experiences using the same technology. The first one emphasises the knowledge about a place, city or village, visiting the most emblematic places and getting to know a bit of its history and culture. The second one works on the team building, overcoming challenges and answering questions. In both cases, everything is recorded and shared with the participants, as a memory or to further work on it.

Finally, we keep expanding the activities from the ‘herri kirolak’, Basque rural sports by buying supports for the raising of hay bales, so that we now can enjoy this activity in nearly any place.

At Troka Abentura, we engage into the projects we work on, together with the agencies that ask for our services. Each agency has a way to work and each event has its particularities. We like to work things in detail and convert each experience in a special day.

As you can see, Troka Abentura is working hard, always looking to offer valuable propositions and alternatives to the MICE events and tourism agencies.

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11 Dec

The Bilbao Bay: Gorliz, Plentzia, Barrika

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Aerial view of Plentzia Bay. Photo taken from flickr, property of the user inesca.

Thanks to its location between the three small cities of Gorliz, Barrika and Plentzia, the rough Cantabrian Sea is less intense in the Bilbao Bay, creating perfect natural surroundings. The beaches of Gorliz and Plentzia, nearly one kilometre long, the Butrón river, flowing along the old district of Plentzia and curving around the Butrón castle further up, the Barrika cliffs, with their high-valued Bizkaia Flysch, where famous TV shows were recorded. All these places are connected by natural places, next to the beach and surrounding the river and cliffs.

Why is the Bilbao Bay a MICE destination?

It stays in a short distance from Bilbao (27km) and its airport (20km), with good road and public transport connection. The Gorliz beach has free WIFI and an extensive parking area.

Many facilities, such as Basque sports ‘frontones’, provide a shelter for the events in case of bad weather. The PMS (Plentzia Marine Station from the Basque Country University) offers room for meetings and events, right on the beach.

The great hotel diversity can answer the necessities of the programmed events.

It is the location of an active tourism organisation, focussed on corporate activities, with a 2000 square metres garden in front of the beach, changing rooms, showers…

Imagen aérea de la base de actividades de Troka Abentura en Gorliz. Destinos: Gorliz-Plentzia.

The Troka Abentura buildings, with their 2000 square metres garden, are perfect for the organisation of corporate events, such as our ‘herri kirolak’ traditional sports activities and demonstration, or a gymkhana…

The Bilbao Bay offers a great diversity of possible corporate activities and events, on the ground and on the water, in the diverse settings that are available around, such as:

The Plentzia River, with calm waters, an exceptional place for activities like kayaking and BIGSUP, discovering experiences such as ‘following-the-elvers-way’, a traditional fishing activity that still goes on nowadays.

Imagen de actividad con piragua por la ría de Plentzia. Destinos: Gorliz-Plentzia.

A recent team-building addition, the traditional rowing activity is a great experience to imitate the former ‘arrantzales’ (fisherman) that went whale fishing years ago.

The cliffs of Barrika, Sopela, Getxo and Gorliz offer the most amazing easy tracks, that lead us to enjoy the Bizkaia Flysch and diverse geologic expressions such as Sopela’s Pillow Lava, the golden nail from the Aizkorri beach in Getxo and the tidal plain, all dominated by the Gorliz Lighthouse. This area can be covered hiking or riding electric mountain bikes. If adrenaline is what you are looking for, the Gorliz cliffs have a path that you can enjoy jumping in the water, swimming, walking on rock layers, checking caves… Coasteering is a real blast.

In the same bay, in the water, we can benefit from team-building activities in kayak, bigsup, as well as water challenges with nets, underwater puzzles… The beach, then, is a protected sandbank, ideal for fun activities such as surfing or body boarding. It is circled by a path that links the towns from Gorliz and Plentzia.

Vista aérea de la playa de Gorliz y Plentzia. Destinos: Gorliz y Plentzia

Last but not least, the attractive offers linked to the Basque traditions and culture can be offered there. Turned into corporate experiences, both the participation and exhibition of ‘herri kirolak’ rural sports are part of the options.

A destination with many options and undiscovered by many companies and agencies still. Troka Abentura reveals it to you.

 

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