The physical environment has also marked our way of life. The sea has since ancient times been and is what supports many inhabitants of Urdaibai. The municipality of Bermeo is a good example of this. To learn all the details of the “fisherman” way of life, be sure to visit the Fisherman’s Museum in the coastal town of Bermeo.
If we talk about the identity and culture of Urdaibai, we must talk about our country houses, a construction that serves as a dwelling and a way of life. Spread out over our municipalities, some on their own and others in a group, they form part of the cultural landscape and many of them are hundreds of years old.
In Urdaibai, we have 1,483 acres of tidelands and in this apparently virgin environment, if you know where to look, you will find secular practices of man that, constructed with wisdom and respect for the environment, have made up a landscape of a great many hues. Ancient stone and mud piers or munas, structures for gates, semi-dry zones for grass or polders and channels for ancient mills.
And if there is an image that is easily recognisable with the identity of the Basques, it is Tree of Gernika, , symbol of the traditional freedoms of the Basques. A history worth knowing.