Updated on 2022/12/01

Route - Gorliz Bay

Description

The Gorliz Bay route starts in the square opposite Gorliz Tourist office, holder of the Basque tourist accessibility certificate. Going down along the slightly sloping Calle Eloisa Artaza to the pedestrian crossing, where we cross to the new walkway going through the pinewood heading directly to the beach. Go down a small ramp to the path turning left and now walk along the promenade that follows the coastline. There are public wheelchair accessible WCs open all year round in this place. 200m approx., with the sea on our right we find a vantage point overlooking the beach, and a few metres away we have the PiE-UPV/EHU Plentzia Marine Station. Another few metres along and we have the bus stop, first-aid post and public wheelchair accessible WCs during the summer season. On our return journey the sea is on our left, so going back over our tracks we cover the entire beach/coast with adapted access at several points. The historic Gorliz Sanatorium is on our left and our route continues without obstacles like kerbs or other physical obstacles. There are non-adapted information panels along the approx. 150m until we reach the Astondo vantage point. On reaching the Astondo vantage point and quay we have views of Gorliz Bay, Plentzia estuary and even Muriola (Barrika) beach. We find here a point of historical interest, i.e., a monument to Doctor Areilza. Then leaving behind the Astondo quay or vantage point we go back to the route with Gorliz Bay and beach on our right. In front there is a single floor white building which is the reference point to leave Gorliz Bay promenade turning right and coming across a car park.

Highlight

  • Rich landscape (Gorliz dunes and pinewood)
  • Highly adapted:
  • From beginning of route (Gorliz Tourist Office) to Astondo car park.
  • Accessible beach

How to get here

By car:
From Bilbao: Dual-carriageway until Getxo and then regional road BI-634, or dual-carriageway to Mungia and road BI-2120. 

By bus (Bizkaibus) routes:
A3499 connects Gorliz to the underground direction Bilbao every 20´ A3499 Plentzia – Gorliz A3451 Areeta – Armintza A3537 Plentzia – Mungia A2166 Uribe Kosta – UPV/EHV (University)

Underground:
Plentzia is the station closest to Gorliz, with trains from Gorliz to Bilbao, Monday to Friday and public holidays every 20mins approx.  From Etxebarria to Plentzia every 20mins approx., daily. The town also has 2 bus routes connecting the town to the underground every 20mins.

Route

Gorliz (Biscay)

Section 1

From Gorliz Tourist Office to Astondo car park

Suitable for people with reduced mobility (PRM)

Simple, with a slight but prolonged downward incline from the beginning until reaching the beach promenade through which the route passes. Afterwards, it always runs on a flat plane, with wide spaces without sidewalks or steps. Having two accesses adapted to the same beach from the same route.

Description of the section and its accessibility level

Section length
2,60 km
Pavement
Tile, concrete, wood
Obstacles
  • Either from the reserved places or from the nearest public transport stop, we did not find great difficulties to access the beginning of the route, the sidewalks are lowered and a pedestrian or zebra crossing is the only thing we find, since its beginning is located within the urban nucleus of Gorliz.

Equipment for receiving the external resource on the section

Is there reception equipment on the section?
No
Outdoor space: Parking areas and access to equipment
Are the access slopes suitable for people with reduced mobility?
No
Are there railings and/or handrails?
No
Indoor space: General features
Are the access slopes suitable for people with reduced mobility?
No
Personal care area
Are there personnel trained in accessibility in the facilities?
No
Rest zone
Is there a rest area at the reception?
No
Store
Is there one or more stores at the reception?
No
Children’s area
Is there a children’s area at the reception?
No
Exhibition room
Is there an exhibition room at the reception?
No
Exhibition Hall
Is there an exhibition hall at the reception?
No

Interpretive equipment

Are there trails on the section?
Yes
Access
Is there lighting at night?
Yes
Minimum accessible connection between parking spaces, if any, the start of the obstacle-free trail
Yes
Is there an adequate slope to allow circulation without assistance, with personal assistance or with technical assistance?
Yes, without assistance from third parties
Parking spaces reserved for vehicles used to transport disabled people according to current regulations. At least 5% of the total spaces
Yes
Parking signage, if any, with the International Accessibility Symbol on the floor and/or on walls
Yes
Informative poster at the start of the trail indicating the length, route, difficulty, duration and slopes by sections
No
Itinerary
Vertical start signage
No
Compact, non-slip and with no projections along their entire length, allowing wheelchair transit
Yes. Granite tiles Wooden sections
2 m. paved trails with non-deformable and non-slip material, with a different texture and different from the rest
Yes
For floors with planks, the spacing between the planks is no more than 1 cm, with occasional narrowings of a maximum of 90 cm
Yes
The route is more than 150cm wide, with occasional narrowings of 90cm
Yes
Minimum clearance height of 220 cm
Yes
Rest areas
Yes
Urban furniture (fountains, dispensers...) arranged along the pedestrian route to provide sound orientation
No
Guiding partition and/or tactile foot signs to draw attention to an important feature
No
Islands with a minimum width of 150 cm to facilitate two wheelchairs passing each other
Yes
Is there an adequate slope to allow circulation without assistance, with personal assistance or with technical assistance?
Yes, with no assistance
Unevenness through pedestrian routes
No
Tree branches do not obstruct the route at below 2.20 m
Yes
Ramps, bridges and walkways with more than 50cm of unevenness, 90cm handrails and with handrails at two heights: 65-75 cm and 95-105 cm
Yes
Route length dimensions and time
2,2 30 minutes
Cycle touring lane
Does the section have a cycle touring lane?
Yes
Is there adequate lighting?
Yes
Concrete paving, compacted and board
Yes Bidegorri
For floors with planks, the spacing between the planks is no more than 1 cm, with occasional narrowings of a maximum of 90 cm
Yes
Width of 150cm on one-way tracks and 220cm on two-way tracks
No
200cm clear height
Yes
Adequate signalling of maximum speed and dangerous crossings
No
Lookout and observatory
Is there a lookout or observatory on the section?
No

Educational Facilities

Nature classroom
Is there a nature classroom on this section?
No

Recreational facilities

Is there a recreational area on this section?
No
Access
Is there an adequate slope to allow circulation without assistance, with personal assistance or with technical assistance?
No

Beaches

Is there a beach on this section?
Yes
Beach parking
Signage consisting of a general information monolith at the accessible beach area entrance
Yes
Parking spaces reserved for disabled people
Yes
Access ramps connecting to the walkways
Yes
Beach information
Walkways which virtually reach the shore
No
WC, changing rooms, showers and footbaths adapted
Yes
Parasols with an area for disabled people
No
Amphibious chairs and crutches
Yes
The possibility to practice adapted sports
No
There is a NOVAF machine (a type of adapted vehicle)
No
Bathing assistance staff
Yes
Visual and audio devices for people with sensory disabilities
No
Are there buoys and nets?
Yes
Are there identification bracelets?
No

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