The high Izki Valley (9,081 Ha), between 700 and 800 metres high, is located in the eastern part of Álava, bordering on the hills of Vitoria-Gasteiz to the north, and on the Mountains of Cantabria to the south.

Category: Natural parks
Municipalities:

Alava: Bernedo, Campezo/Kanpezu, Arraia-Maeztu.

Information:

Casa del Parque
Phone: 945 410 502
E-mail: parqueizki@parques.alava.net

Fishing allowed in certain areas during fishing season.

Request more info at the information bureau (Casa del Parque). Tel: 945 410 502

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This is a vast area of sandy and smooth soil surfaces surrounded by predominantly limestone mountains, the highest point of which is Kapildui Mountain (1,177 m). The Izki River runs from west to east through the middle of the valley, where many streams flow into before running into the Ega River. Korres, in the narrow gorge of the same name, is the only centre of population within this exceptional Natural Park. There are others in the outlying areas, such as San Román de Campezo/Durruma Kanpezu, Quintana, Urturi, Markinez and Apellaniz/Apilaiz (where we will find areas of enormous hundred-year-old chestnut trees).

Routes and a rich heritage

The park with a significant mountaineering tradition is an ideal setting to go for a walk and day trips, since it offers several well-signposted paths and tracks. From Korres on, going through the Izki Ravine, we can get to Bujanda. The small lakes between Maeztu and Apellaniz/Apilaiz are also worth a visit, as well as the narrow passes and crags in Arluzea, the only nesting place of the vulture in the area.

The medieval village of Korres that still preserves part of the walls accommodates the 16th century San Esteban's Church and the hermitage of Virgen de la Peña, a place that offers a spectacular view over the Izki River Gorge.

In San Román de Campezo/Durruma Kanpezu we encounter a peculiar cave hermitage bored through Muela Mountain (1,055 m). We will find numerous attractions in the vicinity, such as the Pine Forest of Dueñas in Labraza, the Kostaleda Mountain Range within the Codes Mountains and hermit caves (Gobas de Laño) in the County of Treviño. The Rioja Alavesa area with its vineyards, wineries and interesting towns is also worth a visit.

Remarks:

Organised activities: hiking, bike and horseback routes, abseiling, equestrian sports, bungee jumping, canyoning, rock climbing, golf, guided visits...

Fishing allowed in certain areas during fishing season.

Fauna

To the Mountains of Cantabria and its isolation, the area stands out for its rich and abundant fauna. It includes birds of prey such as sparrowhawk, the booted eagle, the European short-toed eagle and the Egyptian vulture among others. This said, the ornithological gem of the parkland is the middle spotted woodpecker, a rare species which largest population on the Iberian
Peninsula can be found here.

We can find otters, the Pyrenean muskrat and the European mink, but the most abundant mammals are those that live in the forest: the fox, the wild cat, the beech marten...

Three of the amphibian species living in the area are the painted toad, the agile frog and the Alpine newt.

Flora

We find ourselves surrounded by remarkable forest scenery that accommodates one of Europe's largest Pyrenean oak (Quercus pyrenaica) forests (about 3.500 ha). The woods grow in a sandy plain that is plough through deep ravines formed by Izki and Berrón Rivers.

In addition to the "ametza" or Pyrenean oak woods, there are also a number of lovely groves containing both acidophilous and eutrophic beech trees in the higher parts of the parkland; as well as gall-oak groves, riverine forests, pioneer birch copses within the Pyrenean oak wood, etc.

Location and accomodations in the neighborhoods

Access: The A-132 road is the main access road that connects Vitoria-Gasteiz with Lizarra-Estella through Azáceta, turning off at Maeztu towards Korres. Also an access through the Vitoria Pass (A-2124, Vitoria-Gasteiz-Logroño), with a deviation in Ventas de Armentia to Bernedo.

Public Transport: By bus, Vitoria-Gasteiz/Lizarra-Estella line (Estellesa bus company)

Car Park: There are two car parks in the park: in Korres, in the recreational area for private cars and buses; and in Apellaniz next to the parish church.



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