In the Basque Country, nature is just a stonethrow away from civilisation. If Basques are deeply connected to their culture and food, then you can say that they are one with the nature surrounding them.
The Basque Country offers outdoor experiences for everyone, from sea to mountains, from beaches to forests, being in the Basque Country means being in contact with nature.
Those who love nature have a lot to discover here. Its landscapes' diversity and beauty is astonishing not only in the protected natural parks, but in almost any part of the Basque territory.
The 7,200 km² of the Region present two main landscape types. On the one hand, a large coastal stripe, deeply green and with mountains, that includes Bizkaia, Gipuzkoa and the North of Alava. On the other hand, in the south, the wide and dry plains of Alava.
Nowadays the Basque Country offers several protected natural areas: Urkiola, Gorbeia, Aralar, Valderejo, Izki and Aiako Harria, Urdaibai biosphere reserve as well as several protected biotopes. Damp spaces with magic mountains and legendary potholes allow the visitor enjoying the charms of nature.
Besides the mountains and natural parks, the 252 km of coastline are one of the main attractions of the Basque Country that enchant visitors year round. Steep cliffs alternate with river mouths, marshes and thin-sand beaches.
Almost all of the beaches are perfectly equipped with services and offer the chance of practicing many water sports such as windsurfing, sailing, surfing, canoeing and scuba diving.