Waterfalls in Álava

Waterfalls in Álava you cannot miss

Álava involves nature with every step you take, and we can think of no better plan than to start the year by enjoying some of the most spectacular waterfalls in this historic territory and the Basque Country. Unique spots that come into their full glory after recent rainfall.

1. Nervión Waterfall

The Nervión Waterfall is the highest waterfall on the Iberian Peninsula and one of the most spectacular in Europe. The water falls from a height of almost 300 metres to the Nervión Viewpoint, a balcony overhanging the Delika canyon. This majestic enclave is located on the border between Alava and Burgos. Walking through this natural setting is a pleasure and is a suitable leisure option for all the family.

When to visit

The best time to visit is after several days of heavy rain or during the thawing season.

How to get there

There are two ways to view the waterfall, from the Nervión Viewpoint, accessed via various routes that surround Mount Santiago, or from below on the other side of the river, following the Greenway from the Álava town of Delika. A route of approximately five kilometres that traces the course of the river to offer us a unique perspective.

You can access it from the north, via the mountain pass of Orduña in Álava, or from the south via the municipality of Berberana in Burgos. There are three purpose-built car park available before reaching the Nervión Waterfall.

2. La Tobería Cascade

This cascade of waterfalls is located in the municipality of Asparrena, near the town of Andoin on the Plains of Álava. The Sierra de Entzia mountain range shelters this simple, pleasant river route of approximately 3km in total. The water filtering through limestone and dolomite rocks creates a picture-postcard landscape.

When to visit

The rainy season is the ideal time to appreciate the cascade. However, exercise caution as the terrain can be slippery.

How to get there

The Tobería cascade can be accessed from the main square in the town of Andoin, some 40km from Vitoria-Gasteiz.

3. Gujuli or Goiuri Waterfall

The Gujuli or Goiuri waterfall is located in the town of Gujuli on the edge of Gorbea Natural Park, some 30km from the capital of Álava. This waterfall is formed by the waters of the Jaundi and Basabe streams that converge in the Oiardo river, creating a waterfall with a 100m drop. One of the most important and spectacular in Álava.

Legend has it that the spell cast by a lamia (a mythological being from Basque folklore similar to a nymph but with webbed duck feet) turned a shepherd named “Urjauzi” (waterfall in Basque) into a waterfall as punishment for having stolen her magic mirror. Unquestionably, a punishment of unparalleled beauty.

When to visit

During spring and autumn and in the rainy or thawing seasons.

How to get there

The town of Gojuli can be reached from the top of Altube via Izarra, following the Orduña road. Once there, it is a 15-minute walk from the car park to the viewpoint, purpose built to enjoy this colossal cliff face.

4. Aguaque and the Oteo Mill Waterfalls

Both waterfalls are located in the Montaña Alavesa region, along the course of the Sabando river. Starting from the Antoñana municipality in Álava, enjoy a gentle stroll through a landscape of wild roses, dog roses, gall oaks, junipers and hawthorns until reaching these waterfalls.

When to visit

Autumn, spring and summer.

How to get there

Both routes can be started from Antoñana town centre, in the municipality of Campezo. It is also possible to drive to the Oteo Mill waterfall but if you take the walk, you are sure to love it.

5. Las Herrerías Cascade

The Las Herrerías cascade is located on the Berganzo water route, a path that follows the course of the Inglares river. a 10 km circular route that takes in centuries-old woods, waterfalls, small rapids and pools of turquoise water. The waters of the Inglares flow down from Peñacerrada to Berganzo, dropping 200m in less than 5km. One of the most beautiful routes in Álava and the Basque Country.

When to visit

Autumn, spring and you can even to take a dip in summer.

How to get there

The Berganzo water route begins and ends in the municipality of Berganzo, a parish in the town of Zambrana belonging to the Cuadrilla de Añana, some 40 kilometres from Vitoria-Gasteiz. There is a car park in Berganzo where you can leave your car.