Tips if you are going to do Paragliding in Vizcaya
Would you like to go paragliding through Vizcaya? Would you like to know which are the main flight zones? Well, read this guide and feel free flying a paraglide through Vizcaya. You will experience an incredible sensation at the same time you enjoy the great views of the region.
Paragliding is one of the most practiced air adventures in Spain, just like parachuting. Its prices are affordable, there exist the possibility of flying almost all year round and the facility to book it makes this a popular activity to enjoy it or give a voucher as a gift.
The paragliding flights are tandem, you will go accompanied by an expert pilot that has hundreds of flights under his belt and that will adapt the activity to you. Some of the best things that a paragliding session has is that is a totally calm flight, relaxing, or can be more active… The instructor will ask you and you will decide if you want it faster.
Here, you can watch a two-seater paragliding flight over Vizcaya to see which are the sensations that can be felt:
The activity can be enjoyed by anyone, the only requirement is to weight at least 35 kilos and not surpass 100. Also, minors need to come with an adult and a parent’s authorization to be able to carry out the activity. If you are having doubts due to vertigo, do not worry since the flight is really calm and at that height, you will lose any sensation of vertigo and only enjoy the landscapes. Here, you can check all the offers to go paragliding in Vizcaya.
Usually, the flights have a duration that goes from 20 to 30 minutes, you need to remember that the activity can last up to 2 hours. You will meet with the instructors, get on the company’s vehicle and the staff will take you to the flight zone. There, you will receive an explanatory briefing, get equipped and ready to start a race of several meters to then jump to the void. Once you land, the same vehicle will pick oyu up to return you to the meeting point, where you have your car parked.
The zone to go paragliding in Vizcaya by excellence and the place where the 95% of flights concentrate is Sopelana, its geography situation, and the weather conditions that the zone has makes possible to fly all year round and practically, for a full day. You need to know that the paraglide is totally conditioned to weather, the thermal pressures and the wind currents are the determinants to carry out the activity, that’s why the confirmation of an exact hour can be booked until the day before the activity. The flights are always with the natural light, from 9 AM until the sunset.
In Sopelena, you can enjoy a flight over the Basque coast, crossing the Barinatxe beach (La Salvaje), it is done over a 800-meter cliff, jumping from the Jata and reaching Maruri or Bakio. The best season to fly in Sopelana is February to November. You have the baptism option, that usually lasts around 20 to 30 minutes. But if you are one of those who loves strong sensations and enjoys releasing adrenaline, we recommend an acrobatic flight, turns and pirouettes in the air that will make crazy even the adventurous ones.
If you are looking for a romantic plan or give a surprise to your special someone, a flight through Sopelana with a sunset will leave everyone without words. Is a beauty to see the sun hiding behind the sea, from the skies, is just priceless.
There are longer flights, like the flight between Barrika and Sopelana, that has an approximate duration of 40 to 60 minutes, and that allows you to enjoy the beauty of these 2 locations.
And if the thing you are looking is to become a pilot, the one that controls the flight and makes the decision about the trail, now you can. First, you will receive a theory class and then, always with the supervision and help from an instructor, you will be able to guide the flight.
Other zones which you can overfly are Orduña and Orozko. The flights in Ordoña reach a height of up to 900 meters and a cliff with 650. It will be a high-mountain flight over the Sierra Salvada and with the Nervión river as a witness. Usually, the duration goes from 15 to 20 minutes.
In Santa Marina de Orozko, you will enjoy a 25-minute flight, with 700 meters in height and with the 11 valleys that put together this location of Vizcaya, the border with Álava.
But, if you are clear that paragliding is your thing and would like to start practicing this sport, you can choose from a variety of courses taught in Sopelana.
Discover the impressive beauty of the Basque country, paragliding.