The beautiful coast of Uribe that we walk through
It is a typical topic that says we end up getting to know faraway places better than the ones we have more at hand. In my case it is a great truth. You can ask me to organize a trip through New Zealand, Colombia, Mozambique or Thailand and I will know how to advise you about the places you should not miss, how to get around and the rest of the pack. But, for example, I have never set foot in Extremadura. The Basque Country is also quite unknown to me and on the last weekend of October I had the opportunity to partially alleviate this lack.
The Uribe region, one of the seven that make up Vizcaya, welcomed me on Friday with a radiant Sun that would not let the clouds watch over it all weekend.
We take advantage of the good weather to perform the first sports activities. I will always remember Mount Jata because it was its peak - about 700 meters above sea level - from where I launched for the first time in paragliding. I flew in tandem over the pine and eucalyptus forests to land in the green pastures of the hamlets near Maruri.
Butrón Castle, in Uribe
Without wasting any more time we headed to the Sopelana beach, capital of the region. I quickly swapped my multi-pocket pants for the wetsuit and took one of the surfboards that the boys at our disposal put at our disposal Alder Surf. I spent the rest of the morning trying to improve my beginner level somewhat. I still have a long way to go, but I have to admit, to my own surprise, that it is one of the fastest sports that has hooked me. You do a lot of exercise - now I understand why professional surfers have those fibrous bodies - and, when you finally get to ride a wave on your board, the adrenaline and happiness shot is quite considerable.
After recovering strength with food we spend the afternoon visiting the Butrón Castle and we were surprised at night learning to make talos in a size taught in the Urgoiti palace.
On Saturday we started learning something more about the famous wines of Txakolí then enjoy a great sunset ride over the steep cliffs of the coast between Meñakoz and Barrika.
Paragliding from Mount Jata