The Bilbao Defensive Belt was the fortified line through which the Basque government wanted to ensure the defense of Bilbao and the surrounding villages during the civil war. This route shows us the main scenarios of the Güeñes Iron Belt. Starting at Plaza Euskadi and looking at the Andra Mari Church as a luxury spectator, we will take a path that will take us to the city cemetery, following the signs for PR BI 107. Here, we will take a short path back to the track towards Amabizkar, until we reach a green fence that we need to overcome (please close it).
Once there, we will take the trail to the summit of Luxar, starting with a natural corridor formed by native trees such as oak, so emblematic in Biscay, to continue climbing the pastures vertically (this is the most demanding stretch of the entire route, practically up to the summit of Luxar). The trail continues through a small watchtower with traces and remains of the Iron Belt defensive wall, which we will continue with a view of the Eretza and the Pico de la Cruz.
After arriving at a watering hole located under a lush tree and after making a short loop to visit the village of Goldebano 01, we will access the Taramona district behind a fence. Here, we can visit other remains of the belt and start the descent to the San Pedro Goikuria neighborhood, passing through its square and continuing on asphalt to the Artxube neighborhood. From there, and following the road, we will approach the end point of the route, next to the Arenatzarte Park in Güeñes.
Distance: 11 Km
Grade: 450 m
Itinerary type: Loop
Estimated time: 3-4
Type of terrain: Tracks, concrete roads, trails and asphalt