Portugalete Travel Guide

  • Gondola crossing Puente Colgante bridge
    Gondola crossing Puente Colgante bridge
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Portugalete Things to Do

  • Puente Colgante (Elevated Walkway)

    Puente Colgante (also known as Vizcaya Bridge) is a remarkable transporter bridge that spans the Nervion river and links the towns of Portugalete and Getxo.There are two ways to cross the bridge:i) Via a suspended gondola, which carries a handful of motor vehicles as well as foot passengers;ii) By ascending in a lift to the viewing platform and...

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  • Puente Colgante (Crossing by Gondola)

    Puente Colgante (also known as Vizcaya Bridge) is a remarkable transporter bridge that spans the Nervion river and links the towns of Portugalete and Getxo.There are two ways to cross the bridge:i) Via a suspended gondola, which carries a handful of motor vehicles as well as foot passengers;ii) By ascending in a lift to the viewing platform and...

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  • Lope García de Salazar monument

    There is a tower close to the monument, and also the 15th century Basílica of Santa María.By the way, Lope García de Salazar was an historian and peace man born at the turn of the XIV century. He wrote Bienandanzas e fortunas, about the history mixed with legends and customs of the Basque Country.

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  • Muelle Chávarri

    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...

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  • Monument to Don Víctor Chávarri

    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...

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  • Basílica de Santa María de Portugalete

    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...

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  • Monument to Lope García de Salazar

    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...

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  • Casa Consistorial

    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.

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  • Moving Bridge

    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.

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  • Go to the church!

    The 15th century Basilica of Santa María is prominent in Portugalete. It offers fine architecture, and a good viewing point over the river. There is also a playpark at the back!The church lies on the Camino de Santiago (coastal route).

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  • Cross the Bridge!

    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....

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  • Get the ferry

    There is a small boat ferry that crosses from Portugalete to Las Arenas. It costs 25 cents and takes less than 2 minutes.This gives you the feel of the size of the river that has been the entrance and exit of Bilbao (and Spain's) industrial wealth

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  • Local cafe bar in Casco Historico

    It was New Year's Day morning 2013 and we had caught the metro from the centre of Bilbao to the town of Portugalete.With much of the city still in the process of waking up from the previous night's celebrations, we wandered around Portugalete's Casco Historico (old town) streets and found that many places were closed.With Emma's parents in need of...

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  • €1 pintxos close to Puente Colgante

    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...

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  • Food and Politics

    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.

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Portugalete Transportation

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    by timtregenza Written Oct 12, 2005

    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.

    Portugalete station
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