Excursions from Vitoria: Salto del Nervión
The Salto del Nervión is one of the most spectacular natural sites in Euskadi. With a fall of more than 220 meters, this fabulous waterfall is the highest in the entire Iberian Peninsula and the second-highest in Europe. A wonder of nature that gives us impressive images, with the water falling with force in a majestic environment. If you are looking for ideas for excursions from Vitoria, don’t miss our post, where we tell you everything you need to know for a fabulous visit.
What makes this place unique?
The landscape that can be seen today is the result of the passage of time and erosion on the limestone of the canyon, which gives it its characteristic appearance. The water that comes from the Urita, Iturrigutxi, and Ajiturri streams converges to form this waterfall that is the origin of the Nervión River. The peculiarities of the terrain, with porous rocks, mean that the waterfall cannot be seen all year round, since in the driest times the water seeps through underground routes between the rocks. This makes the spectacle of the waterfall even more exciting when it can be seen in all its glory. In addition, the contemplation of the birds that soar between the walls of the Delika canyon is another incentive for nature lovers.
How to get there from Vitoria?
It is possible to get there by car in just over an hour from Vitoria. At the exit of the city, you must follow the N-102 for about 5 minutes until you join the A-2622 in the direction of Nanclares de la Oca. After traveling 10 kilometers, you will need to take the detour to the A-3314 to Zuazo de Cuartango and then continue on the A-3316 to the destination. There are three parking spaces, with different distances to the Salto del Nervión Viewpoint. The best option is to park in the nearest parking lot, which is about 2 kilometers from the viewpoint. This last section is about a half-hour walk.
When should you visit it?
It is essential to choose the right moment to enjoy the spectacle of the Salto del Nervión in all its glory. Spring is one of the best times of the year because the thaw coincides with the rainiest months. However, after a storm or after several days of rain, you may find yourself with the surprise of the water falling between the rocks. Nowadays, thanks to the constant updates of social networks, it is easy to find the right time to make sure you see this famous waterfall.
Recommended routes around the Nervión River waterfall
Depending on our ability as hikers and the time you want to dedicate, there are three possible routes to choose from. In all three cases, they depart from the Fuente Santiago car park. This car park is located next to Monte Santiago Park, an interpretation center that offers guidance and information to visitors. Below, we briefly explain each of the routes.
Route 1. Fuente Santiago – Rubén Viewpoint: it is a simple route, suitable for families, and it takes us through a beech forest to one of the viewpoints in the area. The estimated duration is 15 minutes.
Route 2. Fuente Santiago – Salto del Nervión Viewpoint: the route is also very simple, although a little longer, around 20 or 25 minutes. On our way, we will be able to see the ancient wolfholes, an ingenious system that shepherds invented to drive away and trap wolves.
Route 3. Circular route that departs from Fuente Santiago to visit the two viewpoints mentioned in the two previous routes. The approximate time of the walk is an hour and a half, and it is recommended for experienced hikers.
Other places near the Nervión River waterfall
Nearby there are many other options to enjoy nature. One of them is to do the Delika’s Green Path route, an easy and beautiful route to do as a family. If we go a little further, about 45 minutes away is the Cascada de Gujuli, a smaller waterfall than that of the Nervión but in a very striking place. Other recommended plans are to visit the nearby town of Orduña and its historic center, or visit a txakolí winery, a typically Basque wine.
Where to sleep?
To get to know the best corners of the Alava province, such as the Salto del Nervión, a perfect option is to choose Vitoria as your base of operations. The aparthotel in Vitoria Líbere is a comfortable, versatile and modern solution that makes you feel that you live in your own space. It has private parking, so it is very easy to move around during the day without worrying about where to park when you return. A good idea is to combine urban and rural tourism, enjoying the best of both worlds.