TEAM BUILDING MOUNTAINS AND VALLEYS OF EUSKADI-BASQUE COUNTRY

There are many mountains and valleys in Euskadi, composing the typical landscape of the area. The natural parks from Gorbeia, Aizkorri-Aratz and Urkiola are emblematic, they offer many different landscapes and tourism opportunities.

The Gorbeia Natural Park lies only 30 minutes away from Bilbao and Vitoria-Gasteiz, at the frontier between Biscay and Alava. Gorbeia is a referent for the Basque mountaineering tradition. In this area, two types of geological substrates create two very different landscapes. On one side, the silicon substrates, with the Gorbeia summit and its great cross that has become the symbol of the Natural Park. On the other side, limestone makes rocks such as Aldamin, in light tones, with cracks and chasms. The cave of Mairulegorreta stands there as well, with a 12 km long circuit.

The Aizkorri-Aratz mountain range includes some of the highest peaks of the Cantabria-Mediterranean water division, with Aitxurri and Aizkorri as references. From the Arantzazu Sanctuary, with its typical basilica built in the mid 20th century, as well as from the Urbia fields, we can access this area, standing at the bottom of the highest section of the mountain range.

The Urkiola Natural Park, with the Anboto peak, has a strong meaning in the Basque mythology. It is said to be the main residence of ‘Mari’, embodiment of mother earth, queen of nature and all elements which compose it. 1200 metres high, just below the summit, stands the cave that is considered to be its main living quarters.

Around the steep ridges and valleys of the Natural Parks from Euskadi can many activities and experiences be enjoyed, which will show us new sides of the Basque Country and its more mystical aspect.

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