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Basque Coast Geopark

Basque Coast Geopark

The Basque Coast Geopark covers an area of 90 square kilometres belonging to the Gipuzkoan towns of Deba, Zumaia and Mutriku and has an estimated population of 19,700 inhabitants. It is one of the 120 UNESCO Global Geoparks.

The Basque Coast Geopark can be divided into two areas: the coastal area, which is characterized by the spectacular cliffs that make up the Flysch (and which attract a large number of visitors every year), and the inland, karst area, which is home to the largest number of caves in the whole region of Gipuzkoa. Amongst all the caves, special mention should be given to the cave atEkain (Deba), declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2008 and the public can visit the replica, Ekainberri, in Zestoa. They are two clearly distinct areas, both in terms of their geology as well as their cultural and landscape characteristics.

Characteristics of a Geopark

The Geopark designation refers to an inhabited territory which stands out, in particular, for its richgeological heritage. Other facets of (cultural or natural) heritage of interest may also be present. So, the Geoparks apply a strategy of enhancement and sustainable development that aims to improve the living conditions of its inhabitants.

Areas of general interest:

- Zumaia
- Itzurun-Algorri
- Urola
- Elorriaga
- Sakoneta
- Deba
- Mutriku
- Saturraran
- Olatz
- Arno
- Lastur
- Ekain

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Category: Geopark
Size: 89 km2
Municipality: Deba
Mutriku
Zumaia