Basílica de Santa María

Basilica in Portugalete

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 austere sandstone walls; the bell tower was a later 18th-century addition. Inside, the carved wood Renaissance-era altarpiece is a highlight.

There are fine views of the city, waterfront and bridge from the small plaza beside the church.