Álava, northern province of Spain. Alava is the southernmost of the three provinces of the Basque Country in northern Spain and lies on the southern slope of the Pyrenees mountain range. It is delimited by the Ebro river and surrounds the Treviño and Orduña enclaves belonging to the Burgos and Vizcaya provinces, respectively. Together with Guipúzcoa and Vizcaya, it became one of the three provinces of the autonomous community of the Basque Country, and the best place to find hotels in Álava
The province is divided into three distinct regions. To the north are lush forests, interspersed with farms, lakes and valleys. Corn production is the main economic activity. The centre of Alava is a mountainous basin called the Plain of Vitoria. The main crops in the area are wheat, barley and oats. Beet predominates around the provincial capital, Vitoria. The south of the Rioja Alavesa, separated from the plain of Vitoria by the Cantabrian and Toloño mountains, is known for its vineyards, orchards and olive groves. The industry, driven mainly by hydroelectric plants are concentrated in Vitoria.
The Alava province is the largest of the three Basque provinces. It has around 315,000 inhabitants, 70% of whom live in its capital, Vitoria.
Located in the extreme west of Alava province, on the Burgos border, is the impressive Valderejo Natural Park. A wide valley surrounded by steep green hills and rocky cliffs. The Purón River flows through the middle, creating a wildlife refuge. There is a rural interpretation center in the park for visitors, as well as nine marked trails of different lengths and difficulties in walking them.
Further north is the Gorbeia Natural Park, a vast mountain range covering Alava and Bizkaia provinces. Its highest point is Mount Gorbeia, 1,480 metres high and crowned by an enormous cross. It is one of the most popular parks for adventure sports, especially for its mountaineering routes. You can also practice trekking and mountain biking.