Biscay Province attractions

Museum in Gernika

Museo de la Paz de Gernika

Gernika’s seminal experience is a visit to the peace museum, where audiovisual displays calmly reveal the horror of war, both in the Basque Country and around the world. Aside from creating a moving portrait of the …
Bridge in Portugalete

Puente Colgante

Designed by Alberto Palacio, a disciple of Gustave Eiffel, the Unesco World Heritage–listed Puente Colgante (also known as the Vizcaya or Bizkaia Bridge) was the world's first transporter bridge, opening in 1883. Th…
Area in Getxo

Paseo de las Grandes Villas

The Paseo is the unofficial name given to Getxo's seafront – made up of Muelle de las Arenas and Paseo Marques e Arriluce. The 'Villas' part of the name is a reference to the extravagant mansions that pepper the rou…
Tower in Portugalete

Torre de Salazar

This stubby four-storey tower was originally part of a defensive complex built by the local Salazar family during a period of baronial fighting in the 15th century. It subsequently served as the family's fortified r…
Forest in Gernika

Bosque Pintado de Oma

The artist Agustín Ibarrola has created an unusual work of art by painting striking designs on a swath of trees inside the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve. A 7km loop trail takes you through a serene forest of pine, sun-…
Landmark in Getxo

Galerías de Punta Begoña

This massive brown structure was built in 1919 as a protective sea wall. It's an impressive sight, complete with columns and a balustraded terrace, though it's in a bad state of decay. Long-term restoration, however…
Basilica in Portugalete

Basílica de Santa María

Portugalete's impressive basilica (1580) stands atop an earlier 14th-century church that originally marked the town's highest point. A striking structure, it's largely Gothic with flying buttresses, gargoyles and au…
Park in Gernika

Parque de los Pueblos de Europa

The Parque de los Pueblos de Europa contains a typically curvaceous sculpture by Henry Moore and a monumental work by renowned Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida. The park leads to the attractive Casa de Juntas, where…
Museum in Portugalete

Rialia Museo de la Industría

Learn about Portugalete's industrial history at this small waterfront museum. Displays, which include paintings, models and machinery parts, chart the town's development and the effect early industrialisation had on…
Cave in Gernika

Cuevas de Santimamiñe

The walls of this cave system, a short way northeast of Gernika, are decorated with around fifty different Neolithic paintings depicting bison, horses, rhinos and the like. In order to protect these delicate artwork…