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Country hotel, total relaxation, Euskadi and the Rioja wine region

Muxika | Ref: HGER1 | Bedrooms: 10


Set in the southern hills of the Urdaibai Nature Park this fine example of a Vizcayan farmhouse or 'caserio' is well situated to explore the very best of the Basque Country whilst providing a haven to return to at the end of the day.

Recently restored and decorated to a high standard by the owners it has a modern feel whilst at the same time retaining the essence of the historic building, making the most of the natural materials of the original house.

The emphasis here is on tranquility emphasised in the clean lines, white linen and the absence of TV and other electronics in the lounges.

Accommodation Description

The hotel has 4 standard double rooms (which are available for single occupation), three superior doubles and a duplex family room. All rooms are spacious, light and airy and decorated in a modern-rustic style. All have digital flat-screen TV, telephone and internet via WiFi. Hairdryers are available on request.


Lounge with feature fireplace
Large sitting room on second floor
Entrance lobby with natural cosmetics on sale
Breakfast room
Part covered terrace with lovely views
Barbeque area
Conference rooms for small groups


For guests only
Buffet style breakfast served, fresh juice, homemade or locally sourced products.
Light evening meals served, locally sourced quality ingredients. Limited selection of wines and beers.

Beach: 15km
Nearest Shop: Gernika 5 km
Bars/Restaurants: 2km
Nearest Airport: Bilbao (25km)
Nearest Ferryport: Bilbao (40km)


More of a collection of hamlets than a village, Muxika (or Mugica) forms the southernmost part of the Urdaibai Nature Reserve, a region of outstanding natural beauty and diversity which has achieved the status of UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Just to the north is the historic town of Gernika, made famous by Picasso's painting depicting its bombardment by Franco's allies in the civil war. Beyond that, just 20 minutes' drive, lies the idylic estuary of the Rio Oka, lined with sandy beaches, which spills out into the Bay of Biscay at Mundaka, home to the World Surfing Championships on several occasions.
Bilbao is just half an hour's drive away, San Sebastian an hour and the busy fishing villages of Lekeitio, Bermeo and near-vertical Elantxobe are within easy reach.

Local Activities

1. Nature watching in the Biosphere reserve.
2. Visit Bilbao, San Sebastian and Gernika
3. Explore the Vizcayan coast and fishing villages
4. Cycling or walking - in the reserve or the Duranguesado mountains nearby
5. Kayaking in the Estuary
6. Visit the enchanted forest and the caves of Santimamine

Holiday Ideas near Muxika

Guggenheim Bilbao
Guggenheim Bilbao
Basque Cuisine
Basque Cuisine
Basque coast
Basque coast
San Sebastian
San Sebastian
La Montaña Vasca
La Montaña Vasca
Urdaibai Nature Reserve
Urdaibai Nature Reserve

Getting There

The area has excellent access by air and sea:

Stansted to Bilbao with Easyjet or Santander with Ryanair;
Gatwick to Bilbao with Vueling (BA).
Manchester to Bilbao with Easyjet;
Bristol to Bilbao with Easyjet;
Edinburgh to Santander with Ryanair or Bilbao with Easyjet;
Dublin to Santander with Ryanair or Bilbao with Aer Lingus.

NB Flights are not included but we can advise on routes and timetables

Ferries: Plymouth or Portsmouth to Santander or Bilbao – 7 sailings weekly.

Please ask us for advice on ferry crossings, timetables and flexible start dates to fit with the crossings.

Getting Around

If travelling by air we recommend renting a hire car to make the most out of your visit to the area. If you prefer to use public transport please consult our expert staff for advice on which properties are more suitable.

If coming on the ferry you will use your own vehicle - we recommend that you ensure that insurance and breakdown cover are in place. For full advice on how to prepare the vehicle etc see the Brittany Ferries website

In either case we will provide full instructions to arrive at your holiday accommodation, complete with GPS co-ordinates.