Salto del Nervion is the highest waterfall in the Iberian peninsula

THE Salto del Nervion, located between the provinces of Avala and Burgos is known to be the highest waterfall in the Iberian peninsula

There is a spectacular natural phenomenon sandwiched between the two Spanish provinces of Avila and Burgos, which at around 225 metres in height, is the highest waterfall in the Iberian peninsula.

Its location is subject to discussion as to which territory the waterfall is a part of, because it is believed that the source of the falls begins right where the two communities of Castilla y Leon and Pais Vasco – the Basque Country – meet, although if you go hiking in the area, apparently most of the popular routes are on the Castilla y Leon side, where all the signage is in traditional Spanish.

Every year, it attracts thousands of visitors, including avid mountaineers, to witness this wondrous work of nature where the water freefalls down the rocks into a lush, picturesque valley down below, which only adds to the overall beauty of this attraction.

Depending on the time of year, you can see the water of Salto del Nervion actually being blown back up by the wind, before it continues on its way down the mountainside, often followed by rainbows when the sun shines through, and as if that is not enough of a sight, there are also eagles that build nests near to the spray zone of the waterfall, that you will hopefully spot soaring majestically around the sky.


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Chris King

Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at