Beaches and cliff-tops
Getxo has several kilometres of coastline where the breakers rolling in off the Bay of Biscay have carved out the shore on the seaward side of the town. From the cliff tops one can see people enjoying the beaches. Gorrondatxe and Barinatxe still retain their sand dunes, a feature that is fast disappearing along this northern coastline.
Our beaches are well equipped with all the necessary services:
Las Arenas (Las Arenas-Getxo)
Once the site of vast sand dunes and a long beach, all that remains today is a small beach of fine sand and gentle waves. It is easy to reach and the surrounding area provides for pleasant walks, with the Bizkaia Transporter Bridge just a stone’s throw away.
Close beside it also are the El Abra royal yacht club, with its jetties used for mooring leisure craft, and numerous places to eat and drink.
- Length: 240 m.
- Additional services: WC / Showers / Drinking fountains / Lifeguards / Hondartzaina beach police
- Public transport: Metro Bilbao – Areeta station
Its sand is fine and white and the sea is generally calm. It lies at the mouth of the river estuary, between the Old Port and the Arriluze lighthouse, with Mount Serantes and the town of Portugalete on the horizon across the bay, and mansion houses and stately homes line the cliff top, so fine views are to be had whichever way one looks.
It is a city beach, with very easy access and well equipped for the summer season. There are numerous sports that can be played here: surfing, kite-surfing, canoeing and volleyball, amongst others.
But above all, Ereaga is best known for the beach football tournaments that are held here.
- Length: 882 m.
- Additional services: WC / Showers / Drinking fountains / Lifeguards / Hondartzaina beach police / Swings / Loungers – sun umbrellas / Surf chairs / Bars / Restaurants / Hotels / Car park
- Public transport: Metro Bilbao - Neguri or Algorta stations; the Ereaga lift
The beach is made up of thick pebbles and the sea is generally calm. Its position at the foot of the La Galea cliffs means it has delightful views of the entrance to the El Abra bay, the cliffs themselves and the Aixerrota windmill. These attractions make it the perfect place for a stroll.
Arrigunaga has recently been re-laid with artificial sand.
There is a car park near the beach, as well as bars and a grassy area with swings.
- Length: 628 m.
- Additional services: WC / Showers / Drinking fountains / Lifeguards / Hondartzaina beach police / Bar / Car park / grassy area with swings and a skateboarding ramp
- Public transport: Metro Bilbao – Bidezabal station
Gorrondatxe-Aizkorri (Andra Mari-Getxo)
Its sand is dark, of volcanic origin, and the sea can be very rough. The water is very clean. It is arguably Getxo’s most distinct beach, as it surrounded by towering cliffs and the sand is covered by a thick layer of grass. The landscape at Azkorri is completed by rocky areas and some sand dunes. Access is difficult and it is some way from the centre of Getxo, which makes it a quiet, secluded spot.
Nudism is permitted here, and its waters are suitable for surfing.
This beach has been awarded an EU blue flag in recognition of the quality of the water and the natural environment that provides its setting.
- Length: 844 m.
- Additional services: WC / Showers / Drinking fountains / Lifeguards / Hondartzaina beach police / Bar
- Public transport: A3413 BILBAO – AZKORRI bus service
Barinatxe- La Salvaje (Andra Mari-Getxo)
It straddles the municipal boundary between Getxo and Sopelana. This is a good beach for surfing, The cliffs above the beach are a launch pad for paragliding.
- Length: 752 m.
- Additional services: WC / Showers / Drinking fountains / Lifeguards / Hondartzaina beach police / Bar / Car park
- Public transport: Metro Bilbao – Larrabasterra station