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.
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.