I came to Portugalete on a crisp, cold December afternoon, the type of day when you don't really want to spend hours and hours sitting out of doors. Still, the muelle (quay) was very pretty, and it seemed like it had been revitalized to be more like a boardwalk from the turn of the century than a quay of an industrial town. There were plenty of...more
The Monument to Don Víctor Chávarri is probably the best indicator of what elevated Portugalete from a small town to an important industrial centre that likely rivalled Bilbao at some point in its history. Chávarri was born in the Portugalete in 1854 and became its foremost capitalist. In the late 19th century he founded la Vizcaya, the processing...more
The Basílica de Santa María de Portugalete is an unassuming church that overlooks the river and the quay of the city of Portugalete. It was constructed on the site of an earlier church, which was erected in the 14th century. The interior contains the chapels of various noble families and the plan of the church is a standard one followed by many...more
High above the water, just beside the Basilica de Santa Maria de Portugalete, is a small park with a life-size statue of Lope García de Salazar. García de Salazar was born in 1399 and quickly became a controversial figure, killing many of his enemies in his struggle to achieve control of Portugalete and its surrounding area. He was, despite his...more
The Casa Consistorial is also the Ayuntamiento or City hall of the town of Portugalete. It was constructed in 1883 and designed in Neoclassical style by the architect Anduiza. The building isn't open to the public for tourist visits, but its grand architecture help add to the atmosphere of a bygone era of entertainment and leisure on the Muelle.more
Ok, this is a bit nerdy, but I was impressed by it when I got off the RENFE train to Portugalete. There's a bridge that connects the old and new parts of the town that actually ferries passengers from one side to the next. The cost is less than a euro and its really only impressive to those who have a bit of geeky fascination with engineering.more
Take a trip across the Puente Colgante. This transporter bridge is over 100 years old, and a car (and passenger) ferry is suspended from a frame by wires attached to wheels on tracks above the cabin and moves from one side of the River Nervión to the other via a traction system. This bridge has been declared a World Heritage Site on 13 July 2006....more
We ate pintxos (Basque tapas) and drank Txakoli wine at Izar Gorria during a visit to Portugalete one evening in December 2012. We had just enjoyed a selection of mini baguettes at Bar Zokotxo in Getxo on the opposite side of the river, before crossing over the river to Portugalete on the Puente Colgante gondola. We were still new to the pintxos...more
This is the dining hall of the local section of the EHJ (Spanish acronym PNV, Basque Nationalist Party). It was one of the cheaper places that I could find in Portugalete and there was a decidedly apolitical feel to the inside. The windows and bar area, however, were plastered with posters and photos of the imprisoned.more
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Trains to Portugalete run 3 an hour from Abando station in Bilbao (Santurtxi Line). I suggest getting off at Portugalete, walking along and accross the Puente Colgante, and then up through Las Arenas to Areeta Metro Station to get the metro back (it stops at Abando too).
Stop as often as you like on the way for a drink and pintxo.