The imposing waterfalls of Álava that you cannot miss
Alava is nature at every step you take and we can think of no better plan than to start the year enjoying some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the historical territory and the Basque Country. Unique spots that are at their most splendid after the recent rains.
Salto del Nervión (Nervión waterfall)
The Salto del Nervión is the highest waterfall on the Iberian Peninsula and one of the most spectacular in Europe. The water falls at a height of almost 300 metres to the Nervión Viewpoint, a balcony suspended over the Delika canyon. This majestic enclave is located on the border between Alava and Burgos. Strolling in this natural setting is a pleasure and a suitable leisure option for the whole family.
The best time to visit is after several days of heavy rain or during the thawing season.
There are two options for observing the waterfall: from the Nervión Viewpoint along the different routes that surround Monte Santiago or from the other side of the river, from below, along the Green Path in the town of Delika in Alava. A route of approximately 5km.
La Tobería Waterfalls
This succession of waterfalls is located in the municipality of Asparrena, near the town of Andoin in the Llanada Alavesa region. The Sierra de Entzia mountain range shelters this simple and pleasant river route of approximately 3km in total. The filtration of water through limestone and dolomite rocks creates a picture-postcard landscape.
The rainy season is ideal to appreciate the waterfalls. However, extreme caution should be taken as the terrain can be slippery. Access to the Tobería waterfalls is from the main square in the town of Andoin, located some 40km from Vitoria-Gasteiz.
The Gujuli or Goiuri waterfall is located in the town of Gujuli on the edge of the Gorbea Natural Park, some 30km from the capital of Alava. This waterfall is formed by the waters of the Jaundi and Basabe streams that converge in the Oiardo river, creating a waterfall that plunges 100m. It is one of the most important and spectacular waterfalls in Alava.
Legend has it that the spell of a lamia -a mythological being from Basque folklore similar to a nymph, but represented with duck feet- turned a shepherd called "Urjauzi" (Basque for "waterfall") into a waterfall as punishment for having stolen her magic mirror. Undoubtedly, a punishment of unique beauty.
The best time to visit is during the spring and autumn and in the rainy or thawing season.
Waterfall of Aguaque and the Oteo Mill
Both waterfalls are located in the region of Montaña Alavesa, along the course of the river Sabando. Starting from the municipality of Antoñana in Alava, you can take an easy walk through a landscape of wild rose bushes, gall oaks, rose hips, junipers and hawthorns until you reach these waterfalls.
Waterfalls of Las Herrerías
It is located on the Berganzo water route, a path that follows the course of the Inglares river. A 10km circular walk through centenary forests, waterfalls, small rapids and turquoise water pools. The waters of the Inglares flow down from Peñacerrada to Berganzo, over a difference in height of 200m in less than 5km. One of the most beautiful routes in Alava and the Basque Country.
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