The Nervion Jump is surprisingly the largest waterfall in Spain. Located between the provinces of Burgos and Alava, this jump reaches a height of 222m, but be careful, you can only see the water fall two or three months a year, when the thaw arrives and the rainy season.
When passing through a karst terrain, with seasonal streams, the waterfall water only precipitates about two months a year coinciding with the rainy season or snow thaw. The rest of the year the waters only flow in the area of the valley or near Orduña, in Alava.
The Nervion Jump
Not always have water
As we commented, it is only possible to see the jump with watertwo or three months a year, since the rest of the months will simply be a large cliff, dry, but very, very striking (worth it).
The rest of the year is a special point forclimbers, since the wall is really impressive, or to go for a walk in the beech trees from around and to see some rehabilitated wolf or the views towards the Délica Valley, a really beautiful panorama. It should be noted that the jump and the Nervión River give life to the estuary of Bilbao (Ibaizábal).
There is three parking which we explain at the end of this article. The last parking lot, the closest to the jump, there is a direct path to the jump, of few pretensions and without loss, but we strongly recommend doing the route that comes next, since it accesses several viewpoints and several of the most beautiful spots in the area, including a forest taken from a story if you are lucky enough to go see it in autumn or spring.
Circular route to the Nervión Falls (Experience)
Starting from the parking lot
Leaving the car in the last parking lot of the Nervión Falls we begin to walk through a forest track in the opposite direction to the jump. From the beginning the climb is slight, with barely unevenness. The route after all are just over 7km but with just 190m of unevenness, something that makes it seem almost flat and easy to carry, ideal to go with children or family without hurry (you can see the slope to the right of the article and even download the track for the mobile).
Nervion Jump Route
Views of the Délica Valley
As you ascend and follow the road markings, yellow and white, the background appearsDélica Valley next to several viewpoints created for the occasion. From here the path begins to narrow to become a path (PR-BU-45 - Path of the cut) always with the valley and an interesting cliff to the left. The views are fabulous and are an ideal place to rest and have a good snack.
From this point it is 2.4km to the viewpoint of the Nervión Falls, but before reaching the jump worth going into the forest, since in autumn or when it rains it is incredibly green and full of moss, giving an almost unreal or fairytale atmosphere. That the jump has no water, nothing happens, the forest can be enough reward for this getaway.
Towards the Nervion Jump
The viewpoint of the Nervión Falls
The road has no loss, always the valley to the left and at the end of the gorge the viewpoint of the Nervión Falls will arrive. Here an important thing, you may take the disappointment of not see the jump with water, nothing happens, since the views and excursion at this point will surely be worth it. Enjoy the viewpoint and eye with the wind, which sometimes blows, and much :).
The Nervion Jump without water
How to get?
You have to take the BU-556 road until you see the entrance, next to a parking lot (see on Google Maps), at Monte Santiago Natural Park, not far from Orduña, in the Basque Country.
Where to park?
The first thing you have to know is that next to the Nervión Falls there are 3 parkings, and depending on the season, they fill up and you may have to walk more than necessary to see the waterfall, so it is convenient to go early and get up early.
Next to the BU-556 road (A-2625 if you come from Alava) is the furthest, but it is one of the largest, since it has about 60 seats.
It is halfway and much smaller than the first. Ideal if you want make a much longer route.
Is the call Santiago Fountain and is the closest to the jump and starting point of the route that we propose. Is the ideal for families or for people who have less time and who prefer to make a somewhat shorter route.
Depending on the season, access to parking is € 3
Where to sleep?
We leave several places that deserve a good stay.
- Rural house arches of Quejana. Nice 17th-century country house in the Ayala Valley
- Saiaritz, rural accommodation with good value for money
- Mimenza Apartments, in Orduña and very close to the Nervión Falls