Biscay Province

In the El Abra port complex, Getxo's tiny aquarium showcases marine flora and fauna from the Atlantic Ocean and warmer tropical waters. There are 25 sections with tanks of coral, algae, anemones, octopuses and schools of multicoloured fish, with over 200 species in all. Information in English, Spanish and Basque is accessible via a QR code on your smartphone. It makes a good stop for families. Admission is payable by cash only.

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2. Playa de Ereaga

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3. Palacio Lezama-Legizamón

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4. Puerto Viejo

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The old port at the northern end of the Playa de Ereaga is today dominated by a large open-air car park. Go up the steps, though, and you emerge into a…

5. Casa Cisco

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6. Paseo de las Grandes Villas

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7. San Nicolás de Bari

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8. Playa de Arrigunaga

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