A place for everyone

Izki, located in the southeast of Álava, was declared a Natural Park in 1998. Its 9,143 hectares are home to a large diversity of landscapes and it is the third largest park in the Basque Autonomous Community.

Forest and rock

Essentially, Izki is a forest and rock. Mainly Pyrenean oak, but there are also beech, holm oaks, alder groves, Portuguese oaks, mixed forests, birch, woods of aspen, oak woods... covering a great part of the natural space. Small rivers –Izki, Molino, Berrón–, cross the valley. In some points the water rises forming puddles, quicksand and peat. In these wetlands, apart from interesting fauna of amphibians and birds – little grebe, great crested grebe... – valuable flora also grows, like the European white waterlily and a rich variety of carnivorous plants. In the sky, gliding above the forest, the slender outlines of the Golden Eagle, the Peregrine Falcon, the Egyptian Vulture and the Vulture stand out, they raise their chicks on the majestic cliffs of the Izki summits. The vast pastures of the high areas, where the cows, mares and sheep graze, betray the presence of man.

Its cultural heritage

A vast cultural heritage transmits the history of these mountains and valleys: artificial caves, chapels, fortified villages, burial mounds, castles, archaeological remains... all rounded off by the medieval village of Korres, the only inhabited population inside the Park. The gastronomy, craftwork, traditional festivals, pilgrimages and the existence of cosy rural cottages scattered throughout the villages surrounding Izki increase the interest in the Natural Park.

Definitively an excellent complement to the enjoyment of Izki’s nature.