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A walk to be enjoyed. Suggested itinerary.

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Start by the Lezika restaurant in Basondo. From the car park, follow the signposts along the gravel track that runs between pine trees to the Forest of Oma. After about half an hour’s walk, a sign points to the left down a path leading to the painted trees. From here (the southern end of the Forest) visitors are free to decide where and how they want to move, playing with perspective in search of the figures.

Leaving the Forest from the northern side, opposite the spot where you originally entered, take the forest track to the private Oma road. Turn right and a little further on, to the left, are the walls of the old Olakoerrota mill. Keep straight on to the Goikolea mill, from where you need to turn back the way you’ve just come.

The forest of OMAs map
  1. COLOURED PINE TREES

    Ibarrola used some very bright colours in painting 45 figures in the five hundred or so pine trees on the Forest of Oma. His motifs are very varied, featuring in particular geometrical figures, people, animals, eyes and rainbows.

  2. A PROTO-INDUSTRIAL VALLEY

    The waters of the Omakoerreka stream powered the wheels of four mills: Olakoerrota, Goikolea and the two at Bolinzulo.

  3. FARMSTEADS FROM THE 15TH CENTURY AND AFTER

    Still featuring their gothic archways, Andikoetxea and Beaskoetxea are the oldest of the local farmsteads, dating from the late 15th or early 16th centuries. A little further on, the wood, brick and stone façade gives the 16th-century Zierre farmstead special architectural value. Particularly attractive is the 19th-century Omagogeaskoa farmstead, with an imposing arched doorway embedded in the façade.

  4. ROCK FILTERS

    Basondo and Oma valleys have highly porous limestone floors formed from deposits from old sea corals. Above, in the steeper areas, the local holm-oak trees abound. Water runs beneath the surface through a labyrinth of caves and wells before flowing into the Guernica estuary.

VISIT FACT FILE

Distance
7,4 Kilometers
Maximum drop
204 meters
Approximate timings
2 hours for the walk plus the time you take seeing the forest itself.
Accessibility
The Forest of Oma has not been adapted for wheelchairs or pushchairs.
Services
Car park, Recreational area (tables, wastepaper bins, fountain) and Bar-restaurant.
Other recommended visits in the surrounding area
Santimamiñe cave, with a major archaeological settlement and cave paintings and the Centro Basondo refuge for Urdaibai’s woodland fauna.


DON’T FORGET

Walk the whole way: cars and other vehicles are not allowed on the track to the Forest of Oma and the Basondo and Oma road is private, for local residential use only.


Wear good walking shoes: the roads to and from the Forest are often quite steep.

 
 
 

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