Three essential plans for enjoying this autumn in Bilbao Bizkaia
Autumn is coming, and with it comes a season full of warm colours, cool temperatures and the opportunity to enjoy natural and cultural beauty. Bizkaia offers a variety of activities and destinations to explore during this time of year.
From hiking routes through golden forests to natural paradises, here are three essential plans to enjoy in Bilbao Bizkaia this autumn.
If you're looking for the perfect getaway this autumn, look no further. Immerse yourself in the cultural and natural wealth of Bizkaia.
Hiking Routes in the Urkiola Forests
The Urkiola Natural Park is a protected area of 5,768 hectares in the mountainous area formed by the Aramotz-Eskubaratz mountain range, the Duranguesado Mountains and the Arangio mountain range. Within the Park you can find forests that are a natural treasure displaying warm colours during autumn. For hiking and nature lovers, this is a unique opportunity to enter a dreamlike landscape.
With a variety of routes available, from gentle paths to challenging ascents, the Urkiola Forests offer a unique experience for all levels of hikers. Enjoy the fresh breeze, the rustle of the leaves under your feet and the serenity that only nature can provide.
Visit the Enkarterri area and discover its industrial past
The Enkarterri area is a historical region of Bizkaia, which has an important industrial footprint. In this area are the ruins of the old ironworks, which were an important centre of iron production during the Middle Ages. You can also visit the coal mines, which were an major source of employment in the 20th century.
During autumn, this area comes alive with its historical and cultural heritage. Explore old factories, mills and mines that tell the story of the industrial revolution in the area. Here are some places to visit in Enkarterri:
- The forges of La Arboleda: these forges are one of the most important forge complexes in Europe. They are located in the village of La Arboleda and have been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest.
- The Mining Museum of Bizkaia: this museum is located in the village of Gallarta and recounts the history of mining in Bizkaia.
These places do not only provide an insight into the history, but also give an idea of the tenacious spirit of the local community.
Stroll through a magical forest, the Otzarreta Beech Forest
The Otzarreta beech forest is a magical forest in the Gorbeia Natural Park, near the Barazar pass and Zeanuri. This beech forest is one of the oldest and best preserved in Europe. If you are looking to immerse yourself in an autumnal fairy tale, the Otzarreta beech forest is the perfect place for you. This magical forest is characterised by its tall moss-covered trees and the mystical atmosphere that envelops it.
During autumn, the ground is covered with crunchy leaves in golden and reddish tones, creating a dreamlike setting for visitors. Stroll along the well-maintained paths and listen to the murmur of the stream as you immerse yourself in the tranquillity of this unique corner of nature.
The Otzarreta beech forest is an ideal place to enjoy nature and peace and quiet. Many activities are possible in the beech forest, such as hiking, picnicking, photography and bird watching.
Bizkaia is a destination full of opportunities to explore nature, history and magic during the autumn. These three not-to-be-missed activities will give you enriching and memorable experiences in unique places you will never forget. We hope to see you there!