Gorbeia is a traditional point of reference for the Basque mountaineering. This mountain range is one of the most visited due to the charm of summits such as Gorbeia, Aldamin, Oketa or Berretin, the quality and spectacular beauty of the landscapes, and the strategic location of the massif regarding the neighbouring urban areas. The park offers hikers, bikers and riders a network of marked paths and tracks, as well as long and short distance (GR and PR) footpaths designed by Mountain Federations.
Within the natural area or on its border, there are many recreational areas. Pagomakurra is the main of its kind in Bizkaia, while the recreational area known as Central del Baia is the most important in Alava. It accommodates the park's welcome area or park house (Parketxe).
Different types of scenery
In Gorbeia, two types of geological substrata give rise to two widely different sorts of scenery. The siliceous substratum create a smooth landscape of dark tones where the vegetation coats the ground; the best example of which is the rounded summit of Gorbeia, home to an enormous cross. With a height of 18 metres, the cross that crowns the summit since 1899 has become the symbol of the Natural Park.
On the other hand, the pale reef-like limestone is characterised by crags (Aldamin, Lekanda) and rocky surfaces with never-ending cavities, cracks, chasms and depressions. This area in fact contains a complete collection of samples of Karstic phenomena, with almost 500 listed cavities on the massif. Mairuelegorreta Cave, with over 12 km of galleries literally blanketed with stalactites, is one of the most renowned caves, together with the "Itxina Karst". It is a landscape shaped by erosive action of water, which has dissolved the rock throughout centuries. Among the geomorphologic expressions we also have to mention the Goiuri/Gujuli Cascade, an impressive waterfall of over 100 metres high carved out of the rock by the River Oiardo.
Ask at the Gorbeia Interpretation Centre about the best routes to follow and the most interesting sites to visit:
Parketxe de Sarria (Alava) 945 430 709
Parketxe de Areatza (Bizkaia) 946 739 279
The park offers the opportunity to practise varied activities, such as hiking, mountaineering, biking, abseiling, rock climbing, archery, potholing, multi-adventure, hiking, horse riding, and so on.
The wetland of Saldropo (Barazar Pass) has a cycle lane that is accessible to disabled people.
Overnight camping allowed only in certain areas and with permission.