Beaches and Surfing
The coast of the Basque Country is 210 km long and the longest part belongs to Biscay, with 144 km of coast. There are 28 controlled beaches in Biscay with services, plus some other natural beaches. Bilbao and Santurtzi are on the east side of the region, very near the border of Cantabria. This means that beaches in the province of Cantabria are also a very good option and nearer than the beaches on the east coast of Biscay, although some of these eastern beaches are worth a visit because of their natural beauty. The nearest beaches to Santurtzi are Las Arenas and Ereaga (walking distance or by bike). Playa de La Arena, the most westerly beach of Biscay, is also a 20-minute bus ride from Santurce, or 30 minutes from Bilbao by bus. Ereaga, Arrigunaga, Sopelana, Plentzia or Gorliz can all be reached by metro.
How to get there: By bus from Santurtzi (bus line A3321).
How to get there: from Bilbao, by metro to the Las Arenas metro Station. From Santurtzi: we recommend to walk from Santurtzi, cross the river trough the bridge and rent a bike or take the tourist train to Ereaga beach
How to get there: From Bilbao, by metro (Las Arenas station). From Santurtzi, the best way is to walk to the bridge and cross the bridge. The beach is about 5 minutes.
How to get there: From Bilbao, there is a direct bus to Castro. The trip lasts about 30 minutes. From Santurtzi, you have to go by metro to Barakaldo and take a bus from Barakaldo to Castro. Even though Santurtzi is nearer than Bilbao, the trip is a longer, about 50 minutes, but it is worthwhile. The car is a very good option from Santurtzi, as the trip is about 20 minutes
How to get there: by car, highway A-8 to Cantabria from Bilbao or Santurtzi.
How to get there: by car, from Santurzi or from Bilbao.
How to get there: by metro, Larrabasterra station. From Bilbao about 30 minutes. From Santurtzi, about 45 minutes.
Laga beach is part of the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, and it is one of the most beautiful beaches of the area. It is a 574-meter long beach,with golden and fine sand. It is very popular for surfing, but sailing is also possible. There is a bar and a restaurant, but it is still quite quiet beach.
A little further than 1 km from Laga lies Laida beach, another astonishing beach of fine and golden sand. In the middle of the beach there is a sand dune, a perfect place to admire the views of the mouth of the river and the Izaro Irle. The beach is in front of the famous wave of Mundaka, which makes this beach one of the Sufers’ favourite.
How to arrive: the best way is to go by car, from Santurtzi or Bilbao. If you do not have a car but you have time enough, you can go to Gernika by train from Bilbao Atxuri and then take thte bus line A3526 Gernika-Ibarrangelu.ç