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The enchanted forest of Oma

  • Oma Forest, Biscay. The Basque Country © Turespaña

    Oma Forest, Biscay. The Basque Country © Turespaña

  • Oma Forest, Biscay. The Basque Country © Turespaña

    Oma Forest, Biscay. The Basque Country © Turespaña

  • Oma Forest, Biscay. The Basque Country © Turespaña

    Oma Forest, Biscay. The 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 choose or the direction you look at, the figures on the trees join together and reform to create different shapes. Away from the noise and in Biscay's countryside, this is a place that sparks your imagination because of its different hidden forests depending on the path you take.

Moving the forest

Oma Forest is a “living” work of art and, as such, it is not free of problems. In 2019, a plague started killing the trees and the paintings on their bark. After considering different solutions, a decision was made to reproduce the paintings in a forest nearby: Basobarri Forest.

The paintings started to be moved in June 2022 and the project should be finished by the summer of 2023. During this process, the forest is closed to the public. However, and exceptionally, you can visit some of the paintings from 25 July 2022 by enrolling in a special programme of guided tours available until September. If you would like to take this chance, you must pre-book by calling +34 944651657 (from 15 July). After September, you need to wait for it to open in 2023 to enjoy the magical artistic project by Ibarrola.
 

Cave paintings

Very close to Oma Forest, you can find the Santimamiñe cave, and its magnificent paintings of animals. It is part of the Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain, awarded the designation of World Heritage site by the UNESCO. You can access the archaeological site at the entrance to the cave and view its interior through 3D virtual tours at the visitor centre.

If you are travelling by car to Oma Forest (in Kortezubi, Biscay), we recommend that you leave your car at the car park just 300 metres away of the Santimamiñe cave. From there, you can take a forest path of around three kilometres to the animated forest. Some sections of the path are on an incline so you should wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

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