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The Basque Coast Geopark inaugurates a three-stage circular route

The Basque Coast Geopark inaugurates a three-stage circular route

Jeickson Sulbaran

June 18, 2024 | 9:00 a.m.

A new route to explore the beauty of the Geopark

El Geopark of the Basque Coast has inaugurated a new 54-kilometer circular route divided into three stages, called 'Geoparkeko bira'. This project, which is deployed between the towns of Zumaia, Deba and Mutriku, It has been promoted by the Basque Government and the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, with financing from European Next Generation funds. The route seeks to offer visitors a unique experience to discover the impressive landscape of the Basque coast.

First steps in Mutriku: a journey full of contrasts

The first stage of the route, which goes from Mutriku to Deba, covers a distance of 16,6 kilometers. This route has a difference in altitude that exceeds 1000 meters and can be completed in just over six hours. Walking along these trails, visitors will encounter varied landscapes ranging from impressive cliffs to green valleys, passing through towns with a rich cultural heritage. The accessibility and transportation and accommodation infrastructure at this stage ensure a comfortable and safe experience for all hikers.

The Basque Coast Geopark inaugurates a three-stage circular route

The second stage, which extends from Deba until Zumaia, is the longest of the route, at 19,7 kilometers. This route also has a significant elevation gain of around 1000 meters and can be completed in approximately seven hours. This part of the route is known for its spectacular views of the sea and the cliffs that characterize the Basque coast. Hikers will be able to enjoy the biodiversity and geodiversity of the area, learning about the geological formation that makes this region unique.

Zumaia to Mutriku: the final stage of the journey

The last leg of the route takes hikers from Zumaia back to Mutriku, covering 17,7 kilometers. This stage allows visitors to close the circuit again enjoying the impressive coastal views and picturesque Basque villages. The carefully marked and maintained path ensures that the experience is both educational and inspiring. In addition, the logistical and accommodation deployment makes it easier for hikers to plan and enjoy their adventure without worries.

An initiative that connects nature and culture

Leire Barriuso, manager of the Basque Coast Geopark, explains that this new route not only stands out for its natural beauty, but also for the cultural connection it offers. Each stage of the tour allows visitors to delve into local history and traditions, making the trip an enriching experience in every sense. The accessibility of all stages, together with the support of public transport and tourist infrastructure, make 'Geoparkeko bira' an ideal option for those who wish to explore the Basque coast in a sustainable and in-depth way.

On the new circular route of the Geopark of the Basque Coast It is an open invitation to discover one of the most impressive and culturally rich landscapes in Spain. This initiative, supported by joint efforts of the Basque Government and the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, promises to offer hikers an unforgettable experience through cliffs, valleys and towns full of history and natural beauty. There is no doubt that 'Geoparkeko bira' will become a reference for hiking and nature lovers.

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