An Ekoetxea amidst water Ekoetxea Txingudi is located in the area between the River Bidasoa and the Jaizubia irrigation channel, specifically in the area known as the Plaiaundi Park, with views over Txingudi Bay, and shared and surrounded by the Hendaye, Irun and Hondarribia municipal districts. Txingudi Bay is the best example of the saltmarsh environment in Gipuzkoa. This exceptional spot is a haven for migrating bird and is, currently an internationally recognised area of natural value that comes under the “Txingudi” Special Protection Area (SPA) and the “Txingudi-Bidasoa” Site of Community Importance (SCI). Both of those sites have been proposed to join the European Network of key Natural Protected Areas known as Natura 2000. Furthermore, Plaiaundi is on the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance. The Ekoetxea Txingudi is located at the entrance to the Port and a wide range of activities are organised there with something for everyone. There is also the option of a self-guided visit of the Park, consisting of 17 information panels along a 2-km route. Furthermore, there are several spots set up for bird watching in Plaiaundi.Despite its small size, Txingudi embodies the geographical features that makes the Basque Country important in terms of migration. Given its strategic location between the far foothills of the western Pyrenees and the Bay of Biscay, it attracts both the flocks of inland birds that bypass the Pyrenees when migrating and the flow of water and marine birds that follow the coastline. Txingudi is mainly used by water birds such as herons and spoonbills, along with waterfowl, waders and reed-bed passerines, which stop over at the wetland. This small estuary also witnesses the many land birds passing through and which fill the skies there in autumn and spring. The large number of migratory marine species that, particularly during storms, shelter in the water of the estuary likewise contribute to the place’s great ornithological diversity. Ekoetxea Txingudi offers visitors a wide variety of activities with something for everyone. It is positioning itself as a leading environmental education amenity, particularly in the sphere of saltmarsh and coastal areas, locally, in the Basque Country, Spain and internationally. The Park extends over 24 hectares and consists of two inner lagoons connected to the rhythm of the tides by means of a sluice-gate system, and an intertidal beach, along with a freshwater lagoon. Apart from being home to Txingudi Ekoetxea, the Park boasts bird-watching facilities (viewing platforms, hides, observation towers, etc.), information panels, a network of paths, picnic area and a car park.