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The Cantabrian coast is popular for its waves and especially on the beaches of the Basque country, such as Bakio, Sopelana and Mundaka, just minutes away from the hotel.
Bakio, almost 1 km length, is the longest of all the coast of Biscay, followed by Sopelana, more popular among young people. "La Salvaje" beach - "the wild" beach – offers a beautiful landscape of cliffs and rocks and is more appreciated by practiced surfers.
Aquatic sports can also be enjoyed in Azcorri, Barrika beaches as well as Zarautz beach, an hour away towards France. In the Valley of Urdaibai Heritage Biosphere, you can find lakes with wonderful beaches and landscapes. Aquatic sports such as surfing, kayak, surfing, kite surfing and many others are well practised in the Basque Country as the beaches have waves all year round, summer and winter. The most common waves in the area are 1.5 meter high, ideal for starting. The days of "great waves" are only suitable for professional surfers as the waves can be 3 meters high and very dangerous. One of the most famous waves in the world is the "ola de izquierdas" - "wave of the left" - in Mundaka and is listed in the top 10 best waves in the world.
In the local beaches, you can also enjoy paragliding using drafts of the landing area along the shore.
To surf, you have to equip, and although many small surfing shops are open in the area during the summer, please note that most of them are closed in the winter.
For those who are beginners in this sport and want to start catching waves, there are many surf schools at various beaches, targeted for all ages.
During the summer many local and international championships are organized on the beaches of the Basque Country. If you want to keep up with the championships and find out the dates and places visit the official website of the Basque Surfing Federation. (Spanish)
If you are interested in surf report and forecasts visit windguru. You will find updates on the surfing conditions such as view a map of the waves, winds, tides and even live images of beaches around the world.