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The Green Ways (Vías Verdes) are former railway lines that have been converted to pedestrian or cycle paths. In addition to walking or riding at your own pace, you can see the cultural, historical and practical side of these routes.

Bizkaia has four Green Ways (Arrazola, Atxuri, Itsaslur and Montes de Hierro) for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Arrazola runs for 5km along the old mining rail line across the Atxondo Valley to the foot of Mount Anboto, the highest peak in Urkiola Nature Park and the dwelling of the goddess Mari.

Atxuri is almost 4km long and very popular with hikers. It provides for a nice walk that follows the trail of the former Chocolatera, the railway line connecting Sondika to Mungia. Part of the route runs through meadows and forests, to end at the foot of Mount Artebakarra.

With the Cantabrian Sea as your travel companion, you can take the Itsaslur Green Way, an easy 2.2km-long walk along the seaside. In the Muskiz coastal region, from Pobeña to the mines of El Hoyo, you will find what remains of our industrial past as well as a rich flora and fauna, and follow part of St James’ Way Northern Route.

Lastly, the Montes de Hierro Green Way will take you deep into the core of Bizkaia, when it was not even dreaming of the Guggenheim Museum, when iron ore mining was the largest industry in the local economy. This Vía Verde spans 42.5km from Traslaviña (Artzentales) to Kobaron (Muskiz). It is ideal for travellers who want to catch a glimpse of the landscape, the life and character of Bizkaia’s inland, forged for centuries by the iron in the rocks.

Routes

Bizkaia is a great destination for hikers, crisscrossed with Grandes Recorridos (GR, long-distance routes) and Pequeños Recorridos (PR, short-distance routes). No wonder the greatest mountain expeditions are led by Basque climbers. Heaven comes in the form of mountains in Bizkaia, a natural wonder not to be missed.

Bizkaia is a heaven for hikers, crisscrossed with long and short routes to enjoy nature at its best

Armañón, Gorbeia and Urkiola Nature Parks invite you to walk to the top of the mountains, whose rocks tell the stories and legends of our people. In Armañón, you can go deep into the earth to explore its caves and caverns.

In Gorbeia, you can climb the eponymous mountain – the highest in Bizkaia. Get close to the famous cross and breathe in the history of this symbol of Basque mountaineering. In Urkiola, close to Mount Anboto, the goddess Mari, Sugoi, the lamias and other characters of Basque mythology will be waiting for you.

In the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve there are paths through the wetlands, the river Mundaka estuary or across the valleys and inland mountains of Busturialdea. All these routes get into rural or coastal areas, haunted forests and an iron ore mines.

How to get there

  • Bizkaia is crisscrossed with long and short paths of varying levels of difficulty to negotiate on foot or on two wheels. For more information, check the website of the Bizkaia Mountaineering Society, an association that promotes all forms of mountain climbing.

    Bizkaia Mountaineering Society
    Martín Barua Picaza, 24, 4º. 48003 Bilbao, Bizkaia
    Phone number: +34 944 431 734
    Email address: info@bmf-fvm.org

    In addition to hiking, our unspoilt inland and coastal areas invite you to do activities such as climbing, mountain biking, multi-adventure trips or caving.

    • Location

      Itsaslur (Muskiz)
      Montes de Hierro
      Atxuri (Bilbao)
      Atxondo (Durangaldea)

  • You should wear comfortable footwear and the right clothes to walk up and down mountain paths. Bring a bottle of water and food, even in areas where you will find bars and restaurants.