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The enchanted forest of Oma

  • Forest of Oma, Vizcaya. Basque Country © Turespaña

    Forest of Oma, Vizcaya. Basque Country © Turespaña

  • Forest of Oma, Vizcaya. Basque Country © Turespaña

    Forest of Oma, Vizcaya. Basque Country © Turespaña

  • Forest of Oma, Vizcaya. Basque Country © Turespaña

    Forest of Oma, Vizcaya. Basque Country © Turespaña

  
  


"There are many amazing places to discover throughout Spain. Oma Forest (in the province of Vizcaya, the Basque Country) is definitely one of them. Why? ..."

There are many amazing places to discover throughout Spain. Oma Forest (in the province of Vizcaya, the Basque Country) is definitely one of them. Why? Because it is a unique setting within the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve. There, the painter and sculptor Agustin Ibarrola wanted to bring together the technique used to paint on rocks in the Palaeolithic period with a modern trend known as “land art”, which consists of producing art on nature herself.

The result: spots and lines of colour that form figures, eyes and rainbows throughout the forest, appearing before you like the spirits and fairies of ancient legend. When you walk through this pine forest you will understand why people call it “enchanted”. Depending on the path you take and the direction you look, you will see that if you join together the figures appearing on different trees, they come to form specific shapes. In a peaceful setting, hidden in inland Vizcaya, here you will find a place where your imagination can run free. Although there are signs pointing out the most interesting groups of trees, remember that the magical thing about this forest is that different places appear according to the path you take. Take as long as you like and discover your own.

Prehistoric rock art

Very close to Oma Forest is Santimamiñe Cave, which has wonderful examples of prehistoric rock art with a hundred or so animal figures and forms part of the Cave Art of the Cantabrian Coast, UNESCO-designated World Heritage. You can visit the archaeological site at the entrance to the cave and also see the wonders of its interior with the 3D virtual tours available at the Visitor Centre.

If you come to Oma Forest by car (it is in the village of Kortezubi, Vizcaya province), then the best thing is to leave it in the car park just 300 metres from Santimamiñe Cave. From here there is a forest track that runs to the Enchanted Forest, some three kilometres away. Some parts of the route are steep, so it is advisable to wear comfortable clothing and footwear.

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