If you are a nature lover and you like sports and outdoor activities, you can’t miss the beaches of Bilbao and Sopelana. Their cliffs will enchant you. These beaches are located on the Biscay coast, just 20 minutes from Bilbao and are surrounded by spectacular scenery. The beaches of Sopelana and Bilbao stand out for their breadth and beauty. So, if you are looking for a magical place near Bilbao city, you cannot stay without visiting some of the beaches of Sopelana: Barinatxe or La Salvaje beach, Atxabiribil, Arrietara and Meñakoz.
Barinatxe beach, also known as “Wild Beach”, is located in Larrabasterra, between the municipalities of Sopelana and Getxo. It is 752 meters in length and has an area of 198,000 m² at low tide and 61,500 m² at high tide. Barinatxe beach in Sopelana is listed as one of the best beaches in Biscay. Barinatxe is also one of the favorite destinations for naturalists, since on its peripheries nudism can be practiced. The traditional Sopelana Nudist Race – Patxi Ros Trophy – takes place at this beach every year.
Paragliding at Sopelana Beach in Bilbao
A tandem paragliding flight in Sopelana Bilbao with an instructor is the best way to get to know the beaches of Sopelana. In addition, it’s the most in demand activity on our coast. If you are over 4 years old and want to experience an unforgettable adventure, a paragliding flight with SKY NORTE is an experience that you will remember forever. You can choose between a 20 minute flight or a 40 minute flight. Also, it doesn’t matter if you like intense or more relaxed experiences, you just have to tell the instructor the type of flight you want. He will take care of giving you the best experience ever. In order to book your flight you just have to call us, send an email or buy a ticket through our website.
Beaches of Sopelana – Bilbao: Arrietara y Atxabiribil
Atxabiribil and Arrietara beaches are located east of Barinatxe beach and are the third longest beaches in Biscay after Bakio and La Arena. Although it seems that both beaches are only one, they are two different beaches sharing the same sand. Arrietara is to the west and Atxabiribil is next to the Peñon and has golden sand. Check out these beautiful images of the Bilbao beaches.
Beaches of Sopelana – Bilbao: Meñakoz
Meñakoz beach is in Barrika. It is the shortest beach of the 3 three, at only 400 meters in length and, like Barinatxe, is a nudist beach. It is surrounded by cliffs and has rock instead of sand, so it is usually more frequented by surfers.
Among the services at the beaches of Sopelana Barinatxe – Arrietara – Atxabiribil are: public toilets, changing rooms, fountains and showers, lifeguards in the summer months, wastebaskets, children’s playground next to the parking lot and bicycle storage. In the immediate vicinity of Barinatxe beach you can eat at the Indian Pub Sopelana. On Arrietara beach you will also find several bars and restaurants. From November to April dogs are allowed.
How to get around & parking
Barinatxe beach has a toll parking. Sometimes this parking is restricted for motorhomes. To get to Meñakoz it is necessary to go by car or walk from the subway station. It can be reached by car but it is best to go by metro from Bilbao to Larrabasterra station and then take the shuttle, a free bus to the beaches.