A unique villa in
a surprising setting

Etxelaia is a new and exclusive accommodation and events venue. It is located in Gautegiz Arteaga, in the heart of the
Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve.



The Villa features 8 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 2 lounges, swimming pool, Wi-Fi,
library and a large, fully-equipped kitchen.



35 minutes / 42 km from BILBAO

1 hour / 94 km from SAN SEBASTIÁN

1 hour / 67 km from VITORIA

Etxelaia is built on the structure of an old Basque farmhouse of 1830. In the 19th century it was transformed into a manor  house, and at the beginning of the 20th century it was endowed with the aesthetics it boasts today. The Villa subsequently underwent minor extensions, but stayed true to the spirit of the time during which the internal and external décor were unified. The Villa has adapted to an ever-changing environment around the Gernika estuary -a true backbone as well as a unique
natural space-, whilst preserving the essence of its origins.

A brief history

Etxelaia adapts to you

The Villa can be rented exclusively for holidays or events. Comfortable and elegant, it is perfect for sharing with friends.


The Urdaibai biosphere reserve is made up of forests and valleys that open up to the sea, beautiful cliffs, marshes, endless sandbanks and wild beaches that feature the best waves in the country. Its cultural heritage is impressive and its cuisine, superb.

Business meetings, training seminars and incentives

Cooking classes and pintxos workshops

Get-togethers with friends (meals and dinners)

Yoga, coaching, mindfulness, spiritual gatherings ...

Filming of commercials

Literary events

Art exhibitions

Celebrations, etc.

The villa features unique spaces for:


Experiences near Etxelaia

Nature tourism. Enjoy the Urdaibai Estuary in the most natural way.


Bird watching at the Bird Center, located only 200 meters away.


Enogastronomic tourism: don’t miss la Rioja!


After a 90-minutes drive, you will be able to enjoy a delicious wine in the finest wineries or taste the best txakolí
in the surroundings of Etxelaia.


Indulge in Basque cuisine, with the best raw materials, or, if you prefer, go on a pintxos crawl- the best miniature cuisine
 - or succumb to a bean stew or to the typical peppers from Gernika.


Very close to Etxelaia you will find fantastic hiking trails. Make sure you visit emblematic places like San Juan de Gaztelugatxe,
the Forest of Oma or the salt marshes of Urdaibai, just to name a few.


In Gernika, don’t miss the Tree, the Peace Museum or the traditional cesta punta matches in the mythical Jai Alai.


Enjoy the wonderful beaches of Laga and Laida, only 10 minutes from Etxelaia.


In 35 minutes you can reach Bilbao and visit the Guggenheim Museum, the Casco Viejo (Old Quarter) or the
Museum of Fine Arts.


We offer tickets to the VIP area of the San Mamés soccer stadium.


Enjoy first-hand the experience of eating in a traditional Basque txoko, a private gastronomic society.


The Villa