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Gorbea Natural Park, Spain

November 29, 2012 by  

Gorbea Natural Park, Spain, Gorbea Natural Park is a protected area that is located between the provinces of Alava and Vizcaya in the Basque Country (Spain), the highest Basque natural park with an area of 20,008 hectares (49,440 acres). It covers Villaro municipalities, Castillo and Elejabeitia, Orozco, and Ceberio Ce?nuri in Vizcaya and Cigoitia, Zuya and Urcabustaiz in ?lava. Gorbea Natural Park along with the nearby natural park of Urkiola form an important environmental unit.

Natural Park was declared by the Basque Government Decree on 21 June 1994 with the purpose of protecting their natural heritage, promote development rural and promote their understanding and enjoyment. It takes its name from its highest peak, the Gorbea (Gorbeia or Gorbeiagane in Euskera) of 1,482 metres (4,862 ft). Other peaks of interest are Aldamin Pe?a of 1,373 metres (4,505 ft) and the Pe?as de Itxina.

The access to the Gorbea Park is based on the national highway N-240 linking Bilbao to Vitoria, which surrounds the park to the east. To the west is surrounded by the AP-68, which also links Bilbao and Vitoria and local road such as, BI-2522 and A-624, the BI-3513 county of Orozco Artea] allows access to the north and the N -622 in the south. The bus service linking Bilbao and Vitoria, whether or Barazar Altube is another means of access to the park.

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