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Talaia route

Nature Talaia route Nature Talaia route


A beautiful tour close to the Atlantic Ocean. A first stretch to Cape Bioznar along the seashore to the rhythm of the waves which get broken in the cliffs... A progressive climbing, giving our backs to the sea for a moment, towards the observation place of Mount Jaizkibel. Afterwards, a marvellous climbing with our right foot looking at the ocean and our left foot towards the Basque inland mountains. All that before an extraordinary descent to the Bay of Pasaia.

Details of the Route

Starting in the Square Santiago of Pasai Donibane and heading towards the estuary of the Bay, we get to a small cove named Alabortza, where a cement track leads us to the watchover, an ancient place for the sighting of cetaceans. From here, we can enjoy a multicoloured landscape formed by the yellow of the sandstone, the green of the mountain and the white and blue of the sea. One of the allures of this route is the surprise of discovering sinuous lines and whimsical shapes created by the erosion. All this without distancing from the contemplation of the Cantabrian Sea.

Not only that. Apart from the route from Pasaia to Hondarribia, which can be done in about 9 hours, there is the possibility of diverting at any of its three alternative itineraries in the areas of Mitxitxola, Azabaratza and Gaztarrotz, which cross in a perpendicular way, along non-crowded paths, the hearth of Jaizkibel, traditionally a place of farming and shepherding.

Jaizkibel is considered a Site of Community Importance for being an important geographical feature, because of its dimensions and altitude (547m) and its impact on the scenery. Moreover, it has a great botanical interest since it gives home to extremely rare species in its varied microhabitats.


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A short stretch but lavish in landscape... Enormous vertical walls which dominate the landscape of Pasaia, from the lighthouse of La Plata to its pastoral and wooded observation place over the sea. A stretch full of emotions: From the Bay of Pasaia to the cliffs of Ulia, in order to feel afterwards the discovery of the magic Bay of Donostia.

This exceptional tour gifts the pedestrian with beautiful and unexpected sights. These views offer surprising outcomes because of the conjugation of three elements, the sea, the sky and the land. It is without doubts one of the most beautiful seashores of Gipuzkoa.

This trekking is for hikers who are used to walking through all types of paths and it demands correct sports equipment as regards shoes and clothes.


Details of the route

Starting in Errenteria we head towards Lezo, diverting in the roundabout of Altamira towards the district of Pasai Donibane (San Juan). Here we will get a boat to cross the Bay so that we arrive in the district of San Pedro, where our itinerary starts.

From the quay of San Pedro we walk towards the estuary until we reach the lighthouse Senokozuloa and climbing the stairs we reach a resting area, the observation place of Pasaia to be precise. From here we head towards the lighthouse of La Plata, an incomparable watchover over the estuary and the littoral of Mount Jaizkibel, with the ocean as a backdrop.

From the esplanade of the lighthouse La Plata, we descend the slope of Mount Ulia, the most popular journey, where the traditional cavities known as 'gruyére' can be observed.

Following the path, we will go for an instant along two aqueducts, whose waters were channelled in Donostia since 1842. We arrive at an underground passage of, approximately, 200m in order to avoid an area covered with undergrowth, shrubs and weeds. Then, we follow the path, passing by the school Herri Ametsa, until we get to the enchanted forest of Errotaxarreta. We continue the journey in an Amazonian atmosphere, which surprises the visitor because of its proximity to the city.

Now the path brings us to an extraordinary balcony perfect for the observation of the coast. From there the vertical walls of Baja Aundi will lead us to the valley of Altu. Afterwards, we approach the house of the emissary and descend towards the bottom of the cliff Txoritxuluak. Once there, we go along a wide path, first turning left and then continuing straight. At this point, it is interesting to have a look at the cave Peña de Ataloi, the only lookout point to stare at the cliffs of Ataloiko blaya, where various birds flutter. We descend to the panning site of Kutralla and walk through the exuberant vegetation, where the presence of birches is significant. We always follow the path parallel to the coast.

After having crossed a maze of paths in a lush area which gives home to a varied fauna, we walk around the ruins of Monpás, which although in the 16th century was used for the council's civilian purposes, later on had different military uses (as it can be noticed because of its tunnels and batteries). From here a local path will bring us to the Church Heart of Maria.


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