Arkaia Agrotourism is a charming establishment nearby the city of Vitoria- Gasteiz in the Basque Country. A spot in a rural environment, where travellers can completely disconnect and rest. Arkaia agroturism is the result of a well thought and painstaking restoration of the original building dated back the XIX, which has preserved its traditional original architecture. This rural house can be fully rented, and has a capacity for 4-9 people. It is comfortable, modern, fully accessible, sustainable and committed to the environment. At Arkaia Farmhouse, all rooms (4 doubles and 1 single) are simply decorated, we create a well care atmosphere where visitors can breathe tranquillity, and enjoy a restful sleep. It has 3 bathrooms, and one is ensuite. The kitchen has a glass- ceramic hob, oven, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, microwave, coffee maker and tableware. The living- dinning room is equipped with flat screen TV, DVD and wooden heating, and leads to an outside area where we have kept the old laundry. It was conditioned as a gazebo.
Sustainable agriculture/ farming:
We collaborate in an agribusiness experience to offer products Eusko Label (Basque Quality Label) and Euskal Baserri (farmhouse products). We offer a survival kit with organic and local products.
Cultural Heritage and Rural Development:
We have brochures on responsible practices for sustainable tourism. We recognize and raise awareness on reducing our ecological footprint. We have our own farm in Arkaia.
Indoor and outdoor low power lighting, and low light pollution. Water saving systems: double flush in tanks, thermostatic mixer shower taps… Energy efficient white goods. Thermal insulation to be more energetically efficient. Metalwork windows with thermal break and double-glazing. Biomass boiler is fuelled by barley grain produced at the farm. We use ashes to fertilize gardens and the kitchen garden. Organic garden for subsistence. We take remaining water that is still stored in wells, for sprinkler and drip irrigation of gardens and plants. Underfloor heating with adjustable temperature in each area through thermostats placed in all rooms of the house. Recycling system. Brochures of sustainable tourism good practices are available to raise awareness among our guests on the importance of reducing their ecological footprint as they go through our establishment, and during their visits to the surroundings. Our daily trips are mostly done by bicycle, or by shared vehicle.
We collaborate with Lurgaia Foundation in regenerating the riverbanks of forests in Arkaia. Also, we cooperate with Equinoccio, an organization which aim is to organize environmental projects and outdoor activities accessible to all audiences. Collaborate in the candidature for Vitoria-Gasteiz as the European Green Capital 2012.