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26 Apr

The region of Uribe

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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.

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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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