PLANS IN GORLIZ

Plans for your first visit to Gorliz

Gorliz is set in a marvellous natural enclave surrounded by incredible nature. Its location will let you explore different places in the Basque Country and then return to rest and enjoy the beach, gastronomy and culture after a long day of tourism.

At 5 km. Stroll along the beach to Plentzia and discover its beautiful estuary, port and picturesque old quarter or climb up the lighthouse to enjoy the views of the steep Basque coastline.

At 25 km. Visit Bilbao, capital of Bizkaia, a modern city where you have to visit the Guggenheim Museum and eat ‘pintxos’ in the old quarter to enjoy one of the most fantastic and typical experiences of our land.

At 27 km. Discover the stunning location where Game of Thrones where filmed! You have to climb 241 steps to reach the 10th century chapel set atop this marvellous isthmus, a protected biotope. The views are worth it!

Don’t forget to visit the Tourist Office to enjoy all the possibilities Gorliz and the entire territory offer.

Beach

AN INCREDIBLE BAY

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.

Heritage

LIGHTHOUSE

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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BUNKERS

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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Heritage

ASKORRIAGA FORT

Popularly known as ‘The Little Broken Castle’, this fort was erected in the 18th century chiefly to prevent a possible attack from the English ships in the Gulf of Bizkaia. Today, only the ruins are left which can be seen on the route to the lighthouse.


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PETRIFIED DUNES

In Astondo you can contemplate a phenomenon with high geological value, i.e. the petrified dunes, which are a large group of wind-blown sands dating back 6,000 years and are unique on the Basque Coast.


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Heritage

ST MARY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH

The church of the Immaculate Conception is in the Elexalde area. Although it was built between the 10th and beginnings of the 11th century, it was rebuilt in the 18th century according to the direction of the architect Martín de Uribeondo. An interpretation panel can be found next to the church.


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MARINE SANATORIUM

Gorliz`s hospital is located next to the beach. Originally, this was the Marine Sanatorium, which was constructed at the beginning of the 20th century. It was the first building entirely constructed with reinforced concrete in the country. In Astondo, looking at the bay of Gorliz and at the hospital, ypu can find the statue of Dr. Areilza, the promoter of the Sanatorium.


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Festivities

FESTIVITIES

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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Routes

NORDIC WALKING

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.

Nordic walking routes

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Routes

ROUTES ON FOOT OR BY BIKE

These low-difficulty routes cover the most representative areas of Gorliz.

The Provincial Council of BIzkaia has defined them as “Cholesterol Routes” and they are designed to be done both on foot and by bike.

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Experiences

RENTAL OF EQUIPMENT

Gorliz has active tourism companies where to rent surf equipment such as:

Surfboards and suits

-Paddle Surf

Aloka Surf & SUP

Be surfer

Cabo Billano

Uribe kosta surf eskola

Activities

CANOEING

Learn to paddle in a canoe or kayak and practice at the spectacular Gorliz Beach or River Butrón.

You willl paddle through amazing enclaves where you you will get the chance to see different landscapes from a privileged view. Our expert tour guides will guide you along the route while sharing all their knowledge about the environment so that you can enjoy a peaceful sail.

Be surfer

Cabo Billano

Taupada Abentura

Uribe kosta surf eskola

Surroundings

GAZTELUGATXE

Discover the stunning location where Game of Thrones was filmed! You have to climb 241 steps to reach the 10th century chapel set atop this marvellous isthmus, a protected biotope.


Before or after the climb, stop at the view point to enjoy the wonderful bird’s eye views of the island.


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Surroundings

BILBAO

Bilbao, with Guggenheim Museum as a great international symbol, is the gateway to the Basque cultural universe.


Structured around its, the city has become a showroom for great architects, e.g. Norman Foster, Santiago Calatrava, Frank Gehry and Arata Isozaki among others, whose modern buildings waltz with the historical buildings surrounding the oldest part of the city, i.e. the 7 streets, the very heart of the city.


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Routes

NORDIC WALKING

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.

Nordic walking routes

Download our brochures

Routes

ROUTES ON FOOT OR BY BIKE

These low-difficulty routes cover the most representative areas of Gorliz.

The Provincial Council of BIzkaia has defined them as “Cholesterol Routes” and they are designed to be done both on foot and by bike.

Routes of choresterol

Activities

CANOEING

Learn to paddle in a canoe or kayak and practice at the spectacular Gorliz Beach or River Butrón.

You willl paddle through amazing enclaves where you you will get the chance to see different landscapes from a privileged view. Our expert tour guides will guide you along the route while sharing all their knowledge about the environment so that you can enjoy a peaceful sail.

Be surfer

Cabo Billano

Taupada Abentura

Uribe kosta surf eskola

Beach

AN INCREDIBLE BAY

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.

Festivities

FESTIVITIES

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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Heritage

LIGHTHOUSE

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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Heritage

BUNKERS

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.


Additional information

Heritage

ASKORRIAGA FORT

Popularly known as ‘The Little Broken Castle’, this fort was erected in the 18th century chiefly to prevent a possible attack from the English ships in the Gulf of Bizkaia. Today, only the ruins are left which can be seen on the route to the lighthouse.


Additional information

Heritage

PETRIFIED DUNES

In Astondo you can contemplate a phenomenon with high geological value, i.e. the petrified dunes, which are a large group of wind-blown sands dating back 6,000 years and are unique on the Basque Coast.


Additional information

Heritage

ST MARY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH

The church of the Immaculate Conception is in the Elexalde area. Although it was built between the 10th and beginnings of the 11th century, it was rebuilt in the 18th century according to the direction of the architect Martín de Uribeondo. An interpretation panel can be found next to the church.


Additional information

Heritage

MARINE SANATORIUM

Gorliz`s hospital is located next to the beach. Originally, this was the Marine Sanatorium, which was constructed at the beginning of the 20th century. It was the first building entirely constructed with reinforced concrete in the country. In Astondo, looking at the bay of Gorliz and at the hospital, ypu can find the statue of Dr. Areilza, the promoter of the Sanatorium.


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