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    San Mames (football stadium)

    by SirRichard Written Sep 14, 2004

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    At a match

    San Mames is the stadium of local football team Athletic de Bilbao. Is one of the oldest stadiums in Spain, and Athletic is one of the first teams founded, as well as a real symbol of the city and the Basque Country identity.

    I went there for a summer match between the locals and the Olimpiakos (Piraeus, GR). Result: 0-0 (boring).

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    Go to the beach

    by SirRichard Written Jul 14, 2003

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    Bakio Beach

    There are many beaches around Bilbao. Though the weather is not always inviting, when is hot it can be really nice, as the scenery around the beaches is green and beautiful.
    Some of the best are Bakio, Las Arenas, Mundaka, Zarauz...

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    Watch Athletic play

    by timtregenza Updated May 19, 2004

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    Ok, not athletic, just live table football!

    Get to see Athletic Bilbao play. San Mames Stadium is in the centre of town and the atmosphere for a match against Real Madrid is something else!

    Ticket availability varies considerably, depending on opposition and the position of Athletic in the League.

    In general
    1) Games against Basque opposition (Osasuna, Alaves, Real Sociedad) are difficult to get into
    2) Games against Barcelona and Real Madrid are hard to get into except when they are made "club days" (i.e. when Members have to pay for their tickets too.
    3) Other games are noramlly available.

    Tickets are available from BBK cashpoints with full qwerty keyboards. You do not have to be a member of BBK to use this option. Alternatively go to the ticket office at San Mames.

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    Athletic Club Bilbao

    by zizu Written Nov 11, 2004

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    Athletic is more than a football team. It represent the unit of all Basques. Players of Nafarroa, Gipuzkoa, Bizkaia, Araba and Iparralde are menbers of Athletic. There are no foreigners in the team.
    The teams that go to San Mames don´t play against a football team; they play against a Nation.

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    Herri Kirolak (Sports of the People)

    by RudoElCojonudo Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Herri Kirolak

    The Basque Country has his own sports. Some of them are also played in other places of the world. I´m going to quote them, and then I´ll explain them individually.
    * Harrijasotzaileak: Stone lifters.
    * Haizkolariak: Woodcutters.
    * Cesta Punta a.k.a Jai Alai: ''Fronton'' play with a basquet.
    * Eskupilota: ''Fronton'' play with the hand.
    * Txinga Erute: Resistance play bringing weigth.
    * Idi Probak: A resistance game with bulls. The bulls drag a huge stone.
    * Gizon Probak: A resistance game. A man drags a huge stone.
    * Soka Tira: Two teams pull in a rope.
    * Estropadak: Ship races.
    * Segalariak: Grass cutting.

    It´s very tipical to bet big amounts of money in them, it´s part of the sport culture.

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    10 - Day Off in Castro Urdales

    by into-thin-air Written Sep 21, 2009

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    The Gothic Church of Santa Maria de la Asuncion
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    As we had done a “Double-Day” the day before and as Marianne had just joined me and also it was Stevies last day we decided to take the day off and explore Castro Urdales. This turned out to be an excellent day with Lots to do, One of the highlights being visiting The Gothic Church of Santa Maria de la Asuncion (Built in 1208) which overlooks the harbour.
    As Perigrino’s are only allowed to stay in the Refugio for one night we moved to The Pension La Mar which I can recommend.

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    San Mamés Stadium

    by vichatherly Written Apr 11, 2012

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    San Mam��s Stadium
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    San Mamés Stadium, home to Athletic Club Bilbao. It is an all seater ground with a capaicity of 39,750.

    It is built rather like an English Premier League ground, with the crowd being very close to the pitch. Easy to get into and the locals are as frindly as they come.

    The team colours of red and white stripes also come from England, Southampton to be exact.

    The team roots come from English ex-pat shipyard workers and Basque students.

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    Traineras (rowing boats)

    by SirRichard Written Sep 14, 2004

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    Traineras in Aste Nagusia

    Traineras are these long boats that compete mostly in local festivities. There are teams of rowers and they organize races along the Nervion River.
    The pic was taken during the Aste Nagusia feast in Bilbao in 2004.

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    Idi Probak

    by RudoElCojonudo Written Apr 22, 2005

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    Idi Probak

    A pair of bulls has to drag a huge stone for haf an hour. They has to cover an specific
    distance as meny times as posible in this time.
    The origin of this sport is realy old. The basque farmers didn´t use horses or donkeys in their agriculture works, so they used bulls.
    Is one of the most popular basque sports and big amounts of money are betten.

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    Day 1 Irun to San Sebastian– aprox 26k

    by into-thin-air Written Sep 20, 2009

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    The route through Passajes de San Pedro
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    Pleasant start to the walk, soon leaving Irun and walking through a nature reserve before climbing and passing The Santuario de Guadalupe, then following good paths, dropping to Passajes de San Juan and taking the ferry to Passajes de San Pedro then crossing The Collada de Mendiola before dropping into San Sebastian.

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    Day) 8 - Bilbao (Basurto) to Portugalete 10k

    by into-thin-air Written Sep 20, 2009

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    The route alongside the river leaving Basurto
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    After taking advice from the Hospitalaro at the Refugio we were told that it was better to walk to Portugalete following the river rather than going the “Traditional” route over the mountain – The main reason for this was that by following the river we would avoid having to walk part way alongside the new motorway as well as it being a more pleasant route – So we took her advice and indeed it was a nice route, first following the river through Zorroza, then through Burcena, Retuero, Baracaldo and Sestao before arriving at Portugalete.
    All on fairly minor roads and not a bad short days walk

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    Athetic Club of Bilbao

    by RudoElCojonudo Written Apr 18, 2005

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    Athletic Club of Bilbao

    The Athletic Club is the main football team of the city and it´s in the Official Spanish Football League.
    It is one of the few teams from Europe, and the only of the spanish league which hasn´t got foreing people in the team. All the players are from the Basque Country.
    Is well known that the supporters of the team are one of the most polite of the league and there aren´t ultra supporters.
    Is the only team who has been always in the top spanish league since it was created with FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

    AN OLD TRADITION:
    When a foreing football team comes for firts time to play to Bilbao he has to bring a present for the Saint of the club, San Mames. San Mames is also the name of the pitch.

    ATHLEEEETIC!!! IEUP!!

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    Day 9 - Portugalete to – Castro Urdales– aprox 33k

    by into-thin-air Updated Sep 20, 2009

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    Route along track bed of old mineral railway
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    Day 9 - Portugalete to – Castro Urdales – aprox 33k Our original plan was to split this day into two and stay at Pobena, but as we arrived there at mid day, Stevie felt fit and that Marianne was already at Castro Urdales we decided to bash on and walk the whole 33k in one day.
    Pleasant route and soon after leaving Portugalete you pick up a new purpose built “Leisure Route” which takes you the 12k to Playa de la Arena, from here you walk through the dunes and cross a river just before Pobena, then up a flight of steps and onto the track bed of an old mineral railway, this is an excellent route which contours along the cliffs to Onton where you have a choice of “Ways”, The original route takes you over the shoulder of a mountain, but we had been advised to follow the now quiet N-634 (now quiet as there has been a new parallel but higher up motorway built) into Castro Urdales

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    Day 2- San Sebastian to Zarauz – aprox 20.5k

    by into-thin-air Written Sep 20, 2009

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    Only 787k to Santiago de Compostela !!
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    Another pleasant if unfortunately Very Wet day, Starting off with a fair climb out of San Sebastian then undulating on minor roads and good paths before dropping into Orio for Lunch, then one more up and Over again on good paths and minor roads to Zarauz

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    Day 3 Zarauz to Deva – aprox 24k

    by into-thin-air Updated Sep 22, 2009

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    Rob on the Promenade at Zarauz
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    The day starts off with a pleasant walk along the promenade at Zarauz before a very stiff pull up to The Alto de Meagas, the drops back to sea level at Zumaya before climbing again on minor roads and good paths passing through Elloriaga and Iciar before dropping Steeply (So steeply that at one point you have the option of using a lift !) into Deva

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