Even if you’re not following the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, a traditional pilgrimage whose trails criss-cross the northern landscape, you can follow parts of those trails for some one-of-a-kind views. But they’re not the only great hiking trails you’ll find.
I visited Spain in November and, only having a few days in Bilbao, I wanted to see as much as I could of the city but also explore the surrounding natural beauty. I looked around online for local spots, came across a perfect viewpoint, and began to plan the route for my hike.
In total it took me a little over an hour to get from the hotel to the peak.
The ascent was not too taxing for the most part — just a few larger rocks to clamber over — but since rain from the day before combined with morning dew left the ground a little slippery, especially on the way down, so care must be taken on the descent.
However, the breathtaking views over Bilbao and the surrounding mountains made it more than worthwhile. On the day of my hike, it wasn’t windy, and the were clear views of the city with blue skies and rolling clouds over Basque Country. It’s a very tranquil place, and I highly recommend spending some time to relax and take in the views. For my part, I took this opportunity to set up my drone so I could get some shots of the scenery. Check out my drone video overlooking Bilbao and Basque Country at the top of this post.
I would recommend this hike to anybody visiting the area. Unfortunately, I only had the morning free for this little adventure, but you could easily spend the whole day there exploring Mamalmasin Mendiaren Gailurra park.