Plentzia, a picturesque coastal town about 25 kilometres north of Bilbao, is a little more family-friendly and very peaceful. Following the river of the same name, which runs through the middle of town, you reach the bay of Plentzia with its wide, golden sandy beach. There are small, colourful fishing boats on the water, and the waves here are low, making the area popular with families as well as rowers. A walk along the beach promenade leads to the next stretch of beach, Playa de Gorliz. Further away from the small town, the atmosphere is even a bit more serene than at the nearby bay.