Monte Oiz (Iurreta)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Iurreta 1,019m 905m 14.7 km 6.1% 1,241 ***






Monte Oiz - Iurreta - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

Monte Oiz is one of the most important and celebrated mountains in Basque culture. It is one of the five Deiadar-Mendiak - visible summits from which messages were sent, summoning members of the local government to meetings. The messages were sent by fire or by a traditional Basque horn. More recently, in 1985, Monte Oiz was the scene of a plane crash, after a flight from Madrid to Bilbao hit the radar tower at the top of the climb in thick cloud.

From a cycling point of view, Monte Oiz is a hard but enjoyable climb to ride. From Iurreta it begins with some steep pitches, before passing through some pleasant villages. After Santa Kataline the climb takes on a different face, rising steadily through forest before bursting above the trees to the wind turbines. At the small chapel, you turn a sharp right and head for the radar at the very top of the mountain. From the top, if you are lucky enough to have arrived on a clear day, there are stunning views of the entire Basque coastline.

Monte Oiz is open throughout the year depending on the weather; it can close in winter for short periods following heavy snowfall.

To see more of Monte Oiz, check out our video of the climb.


Monte Oiz from Iurreta - Basque Cycling Climb

There are great views across the Bizkaia region






Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in good condition for the first 6km. After this it becomes a narrow concrete track. Generally it is fine for riding on a road bike, although it is slighlty bumpy in places and there are some pot holes to avoid.

It can be quite busy with traffic in the first kilometre as you leave Iurreta, but once you pass over the motorway it becomes significantly quieter and traffic is almost non-existant after the first 6km.


Monte Oiz from Iurreta - Basque Cycling Climb

The second half of the climb follows a concrete track, but it is fine to ride on a road bike.






Alternative Routes

Monte Oiz can also be climbed from Munitibar and Gernika.





Nearby Climbs


Arrate

Karabieta

Ixua

Asentzio

Elosua

Urkarregi

Azurki

Gontzegaraigane

Puerto de Urkiola

Kurtzeta

Untzella

Santa Eufemia

Kanpazar






Cycling Holidays

Monte Oiz is climbed from Gernika as far as the Balcón de Bizkaia (the easy part!) on our Basque Country Coast and Bilbao to San Sebastian cycling holidays. If you wish, you can continue all the way to the top, but this is recommended only for strong riders.

In the links below you can find out more about these and other similar tours that we run in the region.




Monte Igeldo - Iurreta
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: from €1,290 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Basque Coast Beach
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: €1,540 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Rioja Vineyards
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: €1,390 EUR
*Bike Hire Included