Cycling in Bizkaia
If you are passionate about cycling and love varied landscapes, magical sunsets or being in the nature while doing sport on two wheels, then you have chosen the perfect place.
In Bilbao Bizkaia you will find all this and much more with a wide variety of routes that you can either cycle alone or in company.
We present you with different routes classified according to the degree of difficulty, the model of bicycle, the time you wish to spend or the destination you prefer. Explore the coast, inland Bizkaia and the metropolis of Bilbao.
Thrills on two wheels.
Tour de France 2023, a memorable event
There is no doubt that 1 July 2023 will be a historic date for cycling in Bizkaia, with the start of the Tour de France and the first stage crossing the Bizkaia region, providing a unique opportunity for all cycling enthusiasts.
- Stage 1 of the Tour, like the pros
The first stage goes up several small peaks such as Laukiz, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Morga, the Vivero passing through El Gallo and the steep final climbs of Pike Bidea.
It is a demanding route for which you need to be in shape not only to complete it, but also to fully take in the surroundings
- The 1st stage is shorter, less demanding but just as beautiful
This route is less challenging in terms of preparation as it is a shorter adaptation of the first stage of the tour, starting and finishing in the capital, covering beauty spots such as the Laukiz pass, the Bizkaia Bridge, Plentzia, the Andraka and Umbe passes and Pike Bidea.
In addition, on 11 June, it will be possible to cycle the same route as the first stage of the Tour de France in a unique edition with the idea of involving the amateur public in this event.
Cycling close to Bilbao
There are two routes: one for road bikes (Bilbao Road itzulia) and another for mountain bikes (Bilbao Green itzulia). Both routes stop at Artxanda, allowing you to enjoy a breathtaking view of Bilbao.
Tours along the coast of Bizkaia, in a cool sea breeze
The coast of Bizkaia is an attractive place where nature, the industrial past, cultural heritage and excellent gastronomy coexist, making it the ideal destination to explore by bicycle.
Take your time to scour the sea horizons from viewpoints or cliffs, stop to cool off or take a stroll on the beach, enjoy the authenticity of its fishing villages or relax on its shores at sunset.
Enjoy six routes along six different unique stretches that you will never forget. You can choose between beach and cliff routes:
- Lea Artibai Itzulia
- Ziortza-Bolibar - Lekeitio
- Urdaibai Itzulia
- Gernika - Bermeo
- Kantabriko Itzulia MTB
- Flysch Itzulia
Inland tours, the green side
You can cycle routes that wind their way through the green forests and valleys of Bizkaia. Pure nature is interspersed with towns with an important industrial heritage that still plays a major role.
With marvellous landscapes to explore around the Natural Parks Armañón, Urkiola and Gorbeia. Nature trails that give you space to breathe and enjoy:
- Enkarterri - Meatzaldea
- Balmaseda - Parque Natural de Armañon
- Orozko - Puerto de Orduña
- Vuelta a los Parques Naturales
- Durango - Puerto de Urkiola
Bilbao Bizkaia is a paradise for cycling lovers, as it has a wide variety of routes which, as we have seen, adapt to the capacities and likes of every cyclist.
In addition, the varied landscape and the cultural and historical points of interest make Bilbao Bizkaia an ideal destination to explore by bicycle and live the sensations on two wheels. Cycle the different routes along the coast, inland and the metropolis of Bilbao, and take the unique opportunity to see the first stage of the Tour de France in 2023, you won't regret it.