The city of Bilbao and surroundings have spent the last few years immersed in a process of transformation in order to value the ecological and natural areas. The reason was to change the image of a grey city with only asphalt to a Bilbao where people can enjoy nature and green zones.
This was the spirit when some years ago the area known as the Bilbao green ring was created, a route of 70 kilometres, called the Gran Recorrido 228 (GR) which circles the whole of the urban nucleus.
The route travels through a natural environment from where one can contemplate the beautiful panoramic views of Bilbao city and the surrounding areas and recognize some of the most emblematic buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum. It also passes through rural areas and forests with places for relaxation and leisure activities, where one can rest in order to recuperate from the exertion.
One of the major attractions is that this green ring passes through the five hills that surround Bilbao city: Artxander, Monte Avril, Arnotegi, Pagasarri and Arraiz. This permits the traveller to get to know the whole of the Bilbao natural landscape from this route and explore the woods and hiking areas.
This route also connects to all the districts of the city by way of 11 routes. This enables one to have easy access to the ring route from any of the Bilbao districts. The difficulty of the green ring is low and it is easy to follow, therefore it is ideal for all travellers. However, due to the distance it is advisable to divide it into two or three stages.
If, after finishing this route you still have a desire for more, we propose the cliff routes of Getxo. This maritime city is only 14 kilometres from Bilbao. Situated on the right side of the Bilbao river there are various kilometres of coastline with imposing cliffs and wonderful beaches such as the Ereaga beach.
If you are a person who enjoys nature and you are visiting Bilbao, you should not miss the route of nearly 16 kilometres which follows the coast line of Uribe Kosta. From this track which overlooks the sea and beaches, you can see most of the time, the fantastic views of the cliffs and sea.
To enjoy a pleasant experience we recommend that you stay at the Petit Palace Hotels in Bilbao.