One of the largest parks in Bilbao since the 1980's, Parque Extebarria is located right in the city's old town, the Casco Viejo. This large green space is a favorite among the locals and visitors to Bilbao to relax and spend some time outdoors in nice weather. The park is especially popular among joggers and cyclists. Visitors can see the remnants of Bilbao's industrial past at the massive chimney that stands to this day. With beautiful views over the city, the park is a popular spot for evening strolls.
Built in 1920 by Gregorio Ibarreche, the Palacio de Ibaigane houses one of the most loved and followed institutions in Vizcaya: the headquarters of the hundred-year-old Athletic Club de Bilbao. Initially intended to be the La Sota family's residence, and later to house the Vizcayan Military Government, today this building in the style of the palaces of the first Baroque, holds within its walls the secrets of the football club supported by thousands of Vizcayans. On its facade, notice the outstanding and popularly inspired architectural motifs, the main characteristics of which are the framework of exposed brick, a short-arched entrance and the gables of the many projections. The trophies hall can be visited too.
This large bullring that can hold 15,000 spectators was designed by the architect Luis Maria Gana in 1962. It burned down in 1961 and afterwards was completely restored to the arena we see today. Clearly neo-Mudejar in style, Plaza de Toros de Vista Alegre begins its season in March and ends at the end of September or beginning of October. Notorious for being very demanding with its bullfighters and animals, the Plaza reaches its climax during the Semana Grande, when the best fighters and best-bred bulls in Spain make for a magnificent spectacle that, enthralls the huge public that fills the plaza each day. Inside the arena there is also a museum, Museo Taurino, which has an impressive collection of costumes, bullfighters' weapons and artifacts and posters. Check website for more information.
Located a few miles away from Vitoria-Gasteiz, the Gorbea Natural Park is Basque county in Spain is a popular holiday getaway for outdoor enthusiasts with its stunning natural landscapes and rich biodiversity. Comprising of pristine old forests, mountains, rivers, ravines and meadows, the park is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna with tree species like ash, alder, willow, poplar, conifers, cypress and pine found here along with animals like deer, hawks, eagles, polecats, bobcat, dormouse etc. The must visit places here are Itxina Karst, Araba meadows, Mairuelegorreta caves, Cruz del Gorbea and Gujuli Saldropo wetland.
Some 33 kilometers from Bilbao along the Bilbao-Irún motorway, you'll come across the Duranguesado region: an impressive natural landscape of valleys and fascinating mountains, set in the Urquiola Natural Park. This beautiful landscape situated in Abadiño has all the charms of a natural paradise and captivates all those who visit it. The Urkiola Park is a wonderful area of 5,800 hectares (14,332 acres) that was declared a Natural Park in 1989 CE. It is a vast area of land with numerous species of vegetation, among which the beeches and oaks that surround the summit of Puerto de Urkiola are plentiful. Alongside, there is a medieval roadway that joins the plateau with the Bermeo port, where the Santos Antonios Shrine is found. You can also take advantage of the varied opportunities for sport that the reserve offers.
Mundaka is a tourist destination in the province of Biscay. The name Mundaka is derived from the Latin phrase munda aqua meaning clean water and just like its name, the beach is clean and has crystal clear blue waters. It is one of the most beautiful places in Spain and has a coastline where water sports are organized throughout the year. Surfers are seen here all the time.
Bilbao Kayak holds a prestigious position among those stores who provide the best equipment for your outdoor activities. Apart from that, you can take an enthralling kayak tour around the city, visiting major landmarks and locations, that punctuate the area. Bilbao Kayak is known to organize thrilling night tours as well, that make your trip to the city, even more wonderful. You can even take classes on kayaking, organised by the store. When the outdoors beckon, rent and hire equipment from the best.