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A different kind of excursion for your mood or whatever takes your fancy.

This one is easy-peasy! A stroll along the entire bay of Gorliz, on a flat promenade. Along the way you will spot the will rthe statue of Dr Areilza, driving force behind the sanatorium. Take a break for a snack while drinking in the views!

Eup!!! Route to the highest lighthouse in the Cantabrian region to contemplate the steep Basque coastline and discover the coastal anti-aircraft posts and bunkers dating back to the 1940s.

Gorliz is a Nordic Walking Centre with 5 routes mapped out for you to enjoy this sport. Pick up your sticks and map at the Tourist Office and start walking.



The beach is protected by the bay in the shape of a sea shell, and is one of the safest and most spectacular on the Basque coastline.

A place to relax and practise all kinds of water sports, not to mention there’s a pinewoods surrounding it, making it ideal for a lovely barbecue or relaxing in the shade.




Donde van tus pensamientos, van tus pasos (Basque proverb) . Where there’s a will, there’s a way. There are a number of possibilities throughout the town of Gorliz for hiking through unique spots, some of which are steeped in history, with charming landscapes that will delight hikers. Here you will find 19 circular routes in Gorliz published by Pedro Pablo Uriarte Astarloa.

19 Circular Walking Routes 



Walk with a gentle effective gait using two special sticks and enjoy a pleasant exercise.

Nordic Walking involves moving your legs and upper body in a gentle movement to improve muscle strength, cardiovascular system, co-ordination and mobility.

Pick up your free sticks at the Gorliz Tourist Office and enjoy 5 routes in the area.

NW Routes in Gorliz
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Using canoes or Big Sup boards we will paddle to the Smugglers’ Cove, a magical place surrounded by cliffs where we can snorkel in crystalline waters to observe the seabed and different species of the Cantabrian Sea.

The hues of the water will transport us to paradise destinations right next to our base in Gorliz. Once we’ve finished snorkelling, we’ll paddle back to base by canoe or the Big Sup.

Taupada Abentura



With a kayak and/or Big Sup board we will paddle along the mysterious route that elvers do after their sea jorney. We will travel along RIver Butron as the monitors show us all the best spots.

A great experience to connect with the nature, suitable for everyone over the age of 13, where tides will help us navigate and fully enjoy local flora and fauna . River Butron finally flows into Gorliz beach where its waters meet the sea.

Taupada Abentura



Besides, in the summer season a water park is installed in Astondo. This inflatable playground that floats in the water will make summer days even more fun. It is suitable for adults and children.

Come and splash!

New Diversion Park



Enjoy your first surf experience and feel an special connection with the acuatic environment. This activity is suitable for all ages

With the support of an experience team you will have plenty of fun, Gorliz Beach is perfect for that first experience.

Bigui Surf

Taupada Abentura

Uribe Kosta Surf eskola

Cabo Billano

Aloka Surf





SUP, also known as paddleboarding or paddle surf, is a water sport that is on everyone’s lips. It consists on standing up on a board and sailing through the sea or river helped by a paddle. You can both sail under the guidance of an expert instructor o by yourself. This activity will make you work all the muscles in your body while having fun and relaxing yourself.

Bigui Surf

Uribe Kosta Surf eskola

Cabo Billano

Aloka Surf




Near the beach you’ll find the Cantabrian Pinewoods where you can spend a pleasant day using its amenities and barbecue sites.

At the entrance to this place of relaxation there is a recreation area with swings for the little ones to have fun while their parents enjoy the sea breeze.

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The entire town, summer dwellers and visitors dive head first into the celebrations which include: gastronomic competitions, traditional dances, and concerts to live the festivities 24 hours a day.

The festivities are an excellent opportunity to learn about Basque culture and traditions. No doubt you will find out what a ‘Gau Pasa’ is. And then, why not learn to dance a Jota?

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Gorliz’s lighthouse is the town’s flagship. It was built on the cliffs, at 165 metres above sea level, in 1990. This 21 metre tower finished with a glass lantern is the tallest lighthouse in the Cantabrian region.

A path leads you to the lighthouse from where you can enjoy magnificent views of the sea.

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Going down by the path next to the lighthouse you will notice the entire slope is perforated by 3 old coastal bunkers connected to each other and installed during the 1940s, but which were never used.

From the last platform you can see the remains of a heavy cannon. It’s worth having a wander round and taking some photos.

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Route 19: Long circular route from Gorliz, going up Ermua and Urizarmendi, Andraka, Butron Castle, Urduliz, Barrika cliffs, San Telmo, Plentzia and back to Gorliz.

Route 19 Route published by Pedro Pablo Uriarte ”19 circular walking routes around Gorliz” *Map of the route: Pending* DETAILS OF THE ROUTE: Total time: 7 hours 30 min. Distance: 34 km Cumulative elevation gain: 900 m Difficulty: High   This is without doubt the longest circular route in this guide. It is well over … Continued

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Route 18: Route round the outskirts of Gorliz

Route 18 Route published by Pedro Pablo Uriarte ”19 circular walking routes around Gorliz” See the route map on Wikiloc DETAILS OF THE ROUTE: Total time: 3 hours 45 min. Distance: 18.35 km Cumulative elevation gain: 543 m Difficulty: Medium, due to the distance     Before starting this route, we should point out that, … Continued

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Route 17: Circuit round the outskirts of Gorliz and Plentzia for walking or running.

Route 17 Route published by Pedro Pablo Uriarte ”19 circular walking routes around Gorliz” See the route map on Wikiloc DETAILS OF THE ROUTE: Duration: 3 hours 2 minutes Distance: 15.52 km Cumulative elevation gain: 174 m Difficulty: Low   Strictly speaking, this route is not a hiking or mountain circuit like the previous ones, … Continued

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Route 16: Circular route through Saratxaga, Andraka, the Plentzia estuary and the Zabale neighbourhood, down to Areantza Kalea and back to Gorliz via Hondartza Ibiltokia

Route 16 Route published by Pedro Pablo Uriarte ”19 circular walking routes around Gorliz” See the route map on Wikiloc DETAILS OF THE ROUTE: Duration: 2 hours 5 minutes Distance: 11.16 km Cumulative elevation gain: 297 m Difficulty: Low     This route, which takes just over two hours and covers a distance of 11 … Continued

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