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When the weekend comes and it’s time to choose something fun to do with the kids, Durangaldea has plenty of options to keep you all entertained. If you’re visiting from the city, get away from the noise and traffic and immerse yourself in nature. And if you’re visiting from somewhere less urban, there’s something for you too.

A weekend in Durangaldea

The choice is yours when it comes to how you spend a weekend with is. As well as sports and adventure, you can learn about our history and share an enriching and fun experience.

We also offer organised experiences where you can become a baserritarra (country house dweller) or a shepherd for a day. There are full-day programmes or activities for just a morning or afternoon. Whatever your preferences are, there’s something for you!

Day one
Arrive at your leisure and take a stroll through the centres of Durango or Elorrio to get a feel for the area.

Day two options

– The entire Urkiola Natural Park is on your doorstep. Take a stroll through a place steeped in magic and legend and enjoy being among trees, animals and the natural environment. The park’s interpretation centre has an interactive exhibition plus a series of activities including two discovery trails called “Basoko” and “Hodei misteriotsuen bila” as well as geocaching and birdwatching options.

– If you need active adventure, choose from climbing, guided mountain hikes, canyoning, caving, ziplining, Tibetan bridges, archery, tree climbing and more. Organise your morning and afternoon to suit your tastes, the time you have available and the time of year. Choose the adventures or activities that most appeal to you.

Horseback ride between Amorebieta-Etxano and Garai. Discover the area from another perspective and at a different pace. This route is one part of a loop of the Durangaldea valley along both sides of the Ibaizabal River basin.

– After lunch, consider a tuktuk ride through the area. There are 4 different trips available, each lasting an hour.

– An afternoon guided visit of Elorrio or Durango will take you deep into the history and mythology of these places.

Complete your day by sampling the local gastronomy in any municipality in the region.

Day three options

Choose from two experiences, each lasting the whole day:

Baserritarra for a day

This might appeal particularly to people from the city, as it’s an opportunity to fully immerse in rural life and discover the work that goes on here. The Belaze country house is your chance to discover the way of life in a caserío: how they make a living, the food they produce and the types of animals they keep. Before you leave you can sample produce made right here in the caserío.

Make sure you leave time to visit the Argiñeta necropolis, which is very near Belaze.

– Shepherd for a day

Now that we’re fully immersed in all things rural, have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a shepherd? How it would feel to gather your sheep and head up the mountain? Now’s your chance for a first-hand experience of shepherding life! You’ll help the shepherd with their daily work: milking the sheep, feeding the flock, guiding the sheepdog and more. If you visit in November, you can bottle feed the lambs. And if your visit falls in June, you can help with shearing.

Once back home, you’ll have plenty to talk about and lots of stories to share. A wonderful weekend away will leave you energised for the week ahead.

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