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Did you know that... the Izki Natural Park

 

It is the third largest, but also perhaps the most unknown in the País Vasco, is located in the Cuadrilla de la Montaña Alavesa, southeast of Álava. The territory of the Izki Natural Park belongs to three municipalities, Arraia-Maeztu, Bernedo and Campezo, although the only population centre within the limits of the park is Corres-Korres where the Izki Natural Park Interpretation Centre is also located. In its origins, Izki, around 100 million years ago was a sea, as witnessed by the fossil remains found in the park's limestone rocks, bivalves, corals, algae and other marine life, although fossilised remains of large vertebrates, such as dinosaur eggs, have also been found. Subsequently, geological folding led to the lifting of the seabed, and erosion and the passage of time did the rest and gave rise to the valley crossed by the river that gives it its name, Izki.

Izki Natural Park

What to see in the Izki Natural Park?

 

The maximum altitude of the Izki Natural Park is marked by Mount Kapildui, with 1177 m. Although small but steep and rocky mountains are the habitat of the golden eagle, peregrine falcon, the alimoche or the vulture. Declared a Natural Park in 1998, it is remarkable that most of the park's surface is forest. Izki Natural Park is home to the largest European reserve of the oak species "Quercus pyrenaica" and the largest concentration of birches in Alava, coexisting with poplars, yews, holm oaks, beeches and chestnut trees. In some areas the water springs have formed wetlands in which live an interesting fauna, amphibians and birds that enjoy the beautiful natural garden that develops in them, such as the white water lily. Artificial caves, rupestrian hermitages, tumuli, archaeological remains... are the cultural and historical heritage that testify to the existence of ancestral settlements in the area.

Izki Natural Park

To discover

 

The Izki Natural Park, surrounded by a very peculiar rural culture, is an ideal place for hiking, walks and excursions on foot, bicycle or on horseback. Landscapes, sickles and rocks, ornithology... you can enjoy any of the 15 hiking routes that cross its territory. The caves eremitic, Gobas, of Marquínez, the medieval locality of Corres-Korres, the lagoon of Olandina, the oak grove of Izki, the ravine of Corres-Korres, the limestone rocks, for the most intrepid mountaineers or climbers, of Soila, La Muela, Kapildui.... are spectacular places that the Izki Natural Park offers as precious destinations to discover, while walking the trails you hear the musicality of the characteristic tenant of its forests, the medium peak, a rare woodpecker.

Izki Natural Park

Traditions

 

Izki's forests have lived a great beekeeping tradition, where you can still see curious beehives formed by hollowed out trunks stacked horizontally.

 

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Curiosities

 

The Izki Natural Park is an area without light pollution which allows you to enjoy the firmament in all its splendour. Next to the Parketxe there is an astronomical observatory, prepared for this purpose.

Izki Natural Park

Useful information for visiting the Izki Natural Park

 

  • Access to the park is free
  • House of the Park of Izki, Parketxe, is located in Corres-Korres
  • It has a different schedule depending on whether it is winter or summer
  • House of the Park of Izki closed on Mondays
  • El número de teléfono para ampliar información es el 945 410 502 of House of the Park of Izki

 

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The Legend

 

There's a very popular saying in the place that says "When the white bird arrives, it doesn't snow anymore."  Some alimoche couples usually spend the summer in Izki.

 

 

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Get to Corres - Korres

 

The main access road is the A-132, a road that links Vitoria-Gasteiz and Lizarra-Estella, in Maeztu we find the road that leads to Corres-Korres. Another possibility is found in the road that joins Santa Cruz de Campezo and Bernedo, passing through Bujanda, it is in this road of communication from where we can detour to the town of Corres. A regular bus service that makes the route Vitoria-Gasteiz - Lizarra-Estella stops at some points near the Izki Natural Park.

 

Once there

 

In Corres-Korres, in the recreational area, there is a car park with spaces for cars and buses, also in Apellaniz, villa located at the foot of the mountains of Izki, you can park the vehicle in a parking next to the church.

 

 

 


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Raul Sarabia
Created the 16-07-2019
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Izki es un sitio precioso, con un montón de rutas de senderismo y unos pueblos dignos de visitar. Totalmente recomendable.

List of Routes
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  • First name
  • Difficulty
  • Distance
  • Duration
  • Assessment
MOUNTAIN PATHS
1
Difficulty-Medium

2:50 h.7.4 km.

Path The Agin and Path of Antoñana
Difficulty-MediumCategory of difficulty green, level 3. Excursions of moderate distance and level difference, not overcoming even large distances or slopes.
FLORA AND FAUNA PATHS
0
Difficulty-Medium

3:15 h.11.2 km.

Trail of the Torca
Difficulty-MediumCategory of difficulty green, level 3. Excursions of moderate distance and level difference, not overcoming even large distances or slopes.
MOUNTAIN CULTURAL HERITAGE
1
Difficulty-Moderate

3:00 h.7.6 km.

Joar and the Plana from the Sanctuary of Codés
Difficulty-ModerateRed difficulty category, level 1. More demanding routes, either because they are longer, more steep or have a specific difficulty.
PATHS
0
Difficulty-Moderate

6:45 h.23 km.

GR 38 Route of the wine and of the fish Section 3 Albaina-Estíbaliz
Difficulty-ModerateRed difficulty category, level 1. More demanding routes, either because they are longer, with greater slope or present some specific difficulty.
FLORA AND FAUNA PATHS
0
Difficulty-Medium

2:00 h.6.4 km.

Route of the Centenary Oaks
Difficulty-MediumCategory of difficulty green, level 3. Excursions of moderate distance and slope, not exceeding even great distances or slopes.
PATHS
0
Difficulty-Moderate

7:25 h.22.6 km.

GR 38 Route of the wine and of the fish Section 2 Laguardia-Albaina
Difficulty-ModerateRed difficulty category, level 1. More demanding routes, either because they are longer, with greater slope or present some specific difficulty.
TOURISM
0
Difficulty-Low

72:00 h.340 km.

Route of the charming villages of Álava
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category, level 2. Short walks, with little slope and no difficulties.
PATHS IN FAMILY NATURAL HERITAGE
2
Difficulty-Medium

2:45 h.8.8 km.

Route of the Water of Berganzo
Difficulty-MediumCategory of difficulty green, level 3. Excursions of moderate distance and level difference, not overcoming even large distances or slopes.
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