The Basque Coast Geopark is a small area located in the north os Spain, wedged in between the Bay of Biscay and the Basque mountains and comprising the municipalities of MUTRIKU, DEBA and ZUMAIA. At first sight, what makes the Geopark stand out is the harmony of the various tones of green of its meadows and forests that follow one after the other from the coastline and extend inland. But the true interest of this place is to be found in its bowels. Geology is the true protagonist of a landscape that preserves the history of some of the most dramatic episodes in the Earth’s recent history.
The 13km of cliffs in the Geopark have a spectacular formation of rock layers known as Flysch deposits, which in the manner of a large encyclopaedia show us over 60 million years of the history of the Earth. Geologists and visitors can walk along these cliffs or go on a boat trip and sail across time to discover, for example, the thin black layer that indicates the impact of a giant asteroid and the wholesale extinction of the dinosaurs about 65 Ma ago.
After making a voyage through the Earth’s history, the visitor can lose him/herself in the green inland valleys where more recent time seems to have stopped for ever. Here it is possible to enjoy the roots of one of Europe’s oldest peoples and visit the best set of cave art horses on the planet found at the Ekain cave, which has been declared a World Heritage site.
Her time, the earth, life and our own species are the main players.
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Number of Geosites
Enjoy the most beautiful landscapes and the most emblematic geosites in these unique and special territories.
The Geosites are locals of geological interest that represent the existing geodiversity and have a high educational, tourist and/or scientific level.
The geodiversity is present in the landscapes, that are the cradle for all the existing biodiversity in these territories.
Lastur is a closed valley, elongated and karstic in origin, which streches for about 3km The polge
Dolines of Mount Andutz
Mount Andutz (612 m) is formed by reed limestones in an almost vertical position, which determines
Uses and Customs
Geoparks are territories with a strong cultural and ethnological identity, which are represented by their customs and traditions. These customs and traditions have gained relevance throughout the centuries and became inseparable from the present and history of this regions and its people.
A stroll through the heart of the Geopark Walk through the hidden valley of Olatz in Mutriku, carved out by water erosion and flanked by towering limestone
Mills and talos for the whole family An adventure with children at the heart of it After grinding corn in the old Lastur mill, we start the tour with a fun
On the Basque coast there is a deeply rooted tradition in grilled fish Our love for the local product, the sea and the work of the fishermen “arrantzales”
The sagardotegi (Basque cider house) is one of the best kept secrets in the region The cider served from huge barrels and the great steaks are just the
The experiences that geoparks provide, trigger authentic experiences and unforgettable emotions.
The flysch, the ports and maritime tradition by boat Take the boat from Zumaia, past Deba, to
Sakoneta Geo Route
This route takes us to the most concealed, eye-catching part of the biotope: the Sakoneta and
Museums / Interpretative Centre
Museums gather collections that allow us to better understand our existence and everything related to it. They are privileged spaces that tell us about the history of the Earth and life.
LASTUR – Interpretative Space of Karst
In the hidden valley of Lastur, in the heart of the Basque Coast Geopark, there is an
Nautilus, Geological Interpretation Centre
Mutriku cliffs, formed by black flysch strata, are very rich in fossils that date back over 100
Valleys of Cantabria Geopark
Territory is located in the central-eastern part of Cantabria, bordering the provinces of Burgos and Vizcaya It comprises all or part of the basins
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