The province of Burgos hides natural treasures so imposing that they attract. Yes, they are so attractive that it has become one of the favorite destinations of thousands of curious people every year. Among all these places of desire in the region, there is one in particular that has caught our attention and of which we will make special reference today: the Nervión Waterfall.
It is a waterfall that with 222 meters high is considered the largest in the Iberian Peninsula. Located between Burgos and Alava, in the north of Spain, right in the heart of the protected area Monte de Santiago, this waterfall will make us witness one of the most fascinating phenomena of nature. The waterfall formed by the Iturrigutxi, Urita and Ajiturri rivers can only be seen in all its splendour during the rainy or thawing seasons.
Far from that, it is just a dry gorge, without much charm, but it is still an invitation to visit it and enjoy tourist hiking trails, guided tours, must-see sights and other leisure activities that we will describe below.
What to do in Nervión Waterfall?
Prepare your luggage and without wasting any more time visit the Nervión Waterfall to get to know one of the most beautiful places in Spain. Before that, pay attention to the following guide that you may find useful and practical. Join us on this great adventure through Monte de Santiago!
The circular route is especially valued by lovers of hiking in Burgos. The tour starts on foot and will take us into a forest. The path goes in the opposite direction to the waterfall. And there are at least 7 kilometers of road, of which 190 meters form a difference in altitude, through a flat and uncomplicated route, you will reach the Delica Valley.
There we will have the privilege of enjoying the best views of the countryside thanks to its great viewpoints. From here the journey continues along a narrower path as you continue to enjoy the forest, which in autumn or rainy season looks more resplendent than ever.
After contemplating the landscape and having rested for a while, we continue until we finally reach the viewpoint of Nervión Waterfall. Don’t get frustrated if you can’t see the waterfall, as the hike and the wonderful views will make up for the disappointment. Of course you should not forget to take a few photos of the Nervión.
The crossing is so easy that we can go with children and the whole family.
Where to eat?
Near the Nervión Waterfall there are very good restaurants, whose dishes have been prepared to pamper your palate. To taste them and recharge your batteries after an incredible walk, be sure to visit the following establishments:
It is an excellent choice for lunch. The dishes are unbeatable, the service is excellent and the atmosphere is quite pleasant. The only disadvantage is the price to pay because it can be quite expensive. However, many diners agree that it is worth paying for the quality of the products offered in their dishes. If you want to visit this restaurant, look for it in the Bideko neighbourhood.
Abiaga Jatetxea has been a great discovery. A very pleasant surprise, one of those that you never forget. But how can we forget a restaurant where everything is splendid? Good food, good service, good atmosphere and excellent prices. A plus are the excellent views to the nearest mountains, so do not hesitate to visit it in Abiaga Kalea, 7.
Very original dishes, incredible seasoning and good service. This is how they describe Los Canónigos, a modest, no-frills but good-looking restaurant located at Calle La Fuente, 1 – Valpuesta. Its quality-price ratio is exceptional and many have recommended it because it is a very good place to eat.
Where to sleep?
Near Saltos del Nervión there is a diversity of hotels and places to stay, which undoubtedly makes this place a tourist paradise. Here are some options to sleep comfortably and safely during your stay.
Hotel La Casa del Patrón
The Hotel La Casa del Patrón is only 13.2 kilometres from the waterfall. It is a good choice of accommodation if you are passing through the region. It has clean and comfortable rooms, bar and restaurant. The service is excellent and the atmosphere is pleasant.
Hotel Restaurant El Coto
This is a highly recommended 2 star hotel. It is just over 22 kilometres away from the Nervión Waterfall, making it a good choice of accommodation. Comfortable rooms, quality service and luxurious atmosphere. There is no better place to stay than El Coto.
Hotel Restaurant Aldama
If you ask our opinion on the best places to stay near the Nervión Waterfall, we will not skimp on recommending this hotel. It is a guarantee of quality and comfort. The best thing is that for a low price you will enjoy a good service. It has Internet and free WiFi, restaurant and lounge bar.
How to get there?
To get to the impressive Nervión Waterfall, take the A – 2625 road from Orduña. You’ll come across some scary bends along the way, but they’re a must for good cyclists. We suggest driving slowly. Then we will find the Monte Santiago and from there continue the route until we find the car parks:
– Parking 1: Very close to Monte Santiago and the furthest from the jump. It has 57 places for tourists.
– Car park 2: It is located between car park 1 and car park 3. It has at least 21 seats.
– Parking 3: Also known as Fuente Santiago, it is the closest to the Santo del Nervión.