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vews from OGOÑO
aqua! (clean water, in Latin) is said to have been shouted by the sailors of
the ship of a Scottish Princess in the ninth-century when they were caught in a
storm at sea. They were given up for lost when they managed to take shelter in
the cove of Portuondo Mundaka.
traveler turned out to be the mother of Jaun Zuria and the story, although only
a legend, seems to explain the name of the surfing paradise found at the
headof the Oka estuary. Others believe
that the name really comes from the Viking word Mund (mouth) and Oka (name of
the river that flows through Urdaibai). "
On the coast there are twelve very different beaches in the Urdaibai Reserve,
from the great beaches of Laida and Laga to small coves that open between the
cliffs such as Antzoras or Lapatza.
Beaches right bank
Beaches left bank
Islands and Islets
Within the limits of the Urdaibai Reserve are several islands and islets of
continental origin (at some point in its geological history they were connected
to the mainland). The flora of these islands is typical of the Basque coast,
close to the nearby mainland, but they have developed some variants such as
Lavatera arborea, which is found in abundance on Izaro, or the Azebuche or wild
olive tree. The underwater habitat is varied and has a variety of algae,
Although not part of Urdaibai the Gaztelugatxe Protected Biotope is close by
made up of the island of Gaztelugatze and the Aketx islet.
Izaro, is the largest island off the Basque coast and it houses a very
important colony of nesting seabirds.