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Nature sites, the treasure trove of Zarautz

Zarautz is far more than just a beach; the area is a treasure trove of very important nature sites too.

Many parts of Zarautz offer spectacular scenery with rich biodiversity. They are often found in charming spots around the municipality, hidden away and sometimes even forgotten. Other times, they are protected under the Biotopo Protegido (Protected Biotope) designation.

We are blessed with the opportunity to discover, take care of and enjoy all these spots.

What better plan could there be for this autumn!

Zarautz is flanked by three nature sites: Gárate-Santa Bárbara, Pagoeta Nature Park and the Iñurritza Biotope. All three are part of the RED NATURA 2000 network of conservation areas in Europe.

- Garate-Santa Barbara: the most important species for the protection of this area is the cork oak (Quercus Suber). Dotted in and around other trees, the cork oak is a unique species in this community.

- Iñurritza Biotope: dunes and wetland areas form the backdrop of this coastal area. Nature takes prime importance here because of the unique wildlife inhabiting the area, especially the coastal sands. Guided tours to the biotope and Talaimendi can be arranged on request.

- Pagoeta Nature Park: Pagoeta's forests (beech, oak, etc.) are its star attraction. Together with the grassland of the neighbouring homesteads, these forests make up the characteristic landscape of the Atlantic valley. Visitors to the park can drop in at the Interpretation Centre and see the restored foundry there.

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