The sea, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, and hills dotted with vineyards are three of the most important treasures to be enjoyed in Bakio. Warm temperatures in spring and fall make this destination one of the most enjoyable of all Euskadi. As a coastal community, you can not only feel the strength of the Cantabrian Sea, but also same the best seafood, enjoy a great Txakoli that is one of the most recognized both nationally and internationally, for its high standards of production and processing, Surfing , walk along the many coastal paths or visit places as emblematic as San Juan de Gaztelugatze point (which you can see from our house!).
Looking left, you have the small town of Artmitza, A village which retains its identity and maritime architecture and a little further on, Plentzia, with its spacious bay, then look to Sopelana or Gorliz, where you will find the famous flysch. On the right, a multitude of destinations, landscapes and small corners that will not leave you indifferent, but charmed as Bermeo with its old town, Punta Matxitxako, to the town of Mundaka where, along with Bakio, World Surfing championships are held, Urdaibai – you have the Biosphere Reserve and one of the most beautiful natural areas of Euskadi, then on to Gernika with our famous oak tree.
If you continue along the coast, little gems like EA or Elantxobe are discovered, before reaching the village of Lekeitio, where Zita was exiled, the last empress of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the favored destination of the aristocracy for its bathing in the sea in the beginning of the twentieth century.
In the inner zone, Mungia (capital of the region) is one of the benchmarks plus the Castillo de Butron, a castle whose origins date back to the Middle Ages, it was restored in the nineteenth century. It is surrounded by a park of more than 35 000 square meters, with a multitude of diverse fauna and flora, especially highlighted by the trees brought there from the five continents.
If you like sports activities, Troka Aventura offers you the possibility of adventures in canoe, kayak, or coastering, snorkeling, rock climbing, rappelling, zip line, and endless outdoor activities in full contact with nature.
There are many places of interest for you on the coast of Bizkaia none are more than 45 minutes from our house.
We can not take anything away from the city of Bilbao. The nerve center of our country, has a powerful element of attraction The Guggenheim Museum, and the transformation that has occurred there. Bilbao is a cheerful, bright and open city, which, in addition to its great museum, has lots of places to experience its history and gastronomic delights, as the old town with its seven streets, Santiago Cathedral, the bridge offers from which He founded the city, but also the expansion of the city and its route of modernist buildings, many sculptures that look to the future evoking our industrial past, to finish in the Azkuna Center, a meeting place for people living in Bilbao.
But Bizkaia has other places that are worthy of attention, as the Bizkaia Bridge, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco and linking the two sides of the estuary. The Getxo side with its mansions and the marina to the Portugalete and Santurtzi side with home villas from families that founded the city of Bilbao, without losing sight of the mining area of Gallarta, and its mineral resources that were already assessed by the Romans and now, after years of mining, are flooded by water have given way to large lakes and beautiful natural walking trails. It was precisely here where the labor movement was founded.
Like before, these areas are not more than 45 minutes from Bakio, so they are perfect to explore and then return to rest with the soft whispering of the sea in the background.
Good roads between Bakio and the A8 through the Txorierri Corridor make day trips to other parts of Euskadi easy. Though somewhat further away, but not more than 1½ hours driving. Vitoria-Gasteiz, with its cathedral and the famous «almond» or old town, Donostia-San Sebastian, a city full of incredible places, like the “Comb of the Winds”, or “La Concha”, (the shell) and of course tapas !
Try Getaria, the seaside town of Juan Sebastian Elcano , Zarautz,, Deba, Mutriko (perhaps one of the most beautiful coastal towns of Biscay), Zumaia and Hondarribi, a village nestled on the border with France that you will surely love.
And inland, Tolosa, with its famous beans or the Goierri Region, where you will discover the whole story about the famous «Idiazabal Cheese»,also Valle de Ayala and one of our most famous mountains – The Gorbea – where lives «Goddess Mairuelegorreta», Known as the «Mari», Lady of Anboto and mother of Basque mythology. A protected natural area where you can marvel at such extraordinary natural wonders like the waterfall Gujuli.
On the border with Cantabria we find the Encartaciones, a cattle area that reinvents itself every day showing us important treasures such as the Cave of Pozalagua, Casa de Juntas of Abellaneda or the Pobal Foundry among others.
Surely you will not be lacking for plans of places to visit and new things to do! And have to come back and visit again.