The noble and loyal town of Lekeitio is a municipality belonging to the region of Lea Artibai, it has a population of 7307 according to the National Statistics Institute data for 2006. The municipality covers 1.9 km², so the population density is 3845.78 inhabitants per km2.

Located on the shore of the Bay of Biscay on the Cantabrian coast, Lekeitio is a major tourist destination. An exceptional landscape adorned with the island of San Nicolás and the Lea estuary and with two wide beaches has resulted in the traditional source of income, fishing, being replaced by tourism.



The town was founded in 1322 by Dª María Díaz de Haro “La Buena” on a village that had been documented for many centuries before, it is integrated into Las Encartaciones and is inhabited by people of the sea settled in the shelter of its natural port.

The main tourist attraction of Portugalete is the Vizcaya Bridge. Popularly known as the hanging bridge, it was constructed in 1893, and is the oldest transporter bridge in the world. In spite of its presence, tourism in Portugalete was not very important until it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.


Santurtzi is a municipality belonging to the region of Greater Bilbao. Historically, however, up to the beginning of the 19th century it formed part of “Los Tres Consejos” (the three councils) of the Valle de Somorrostro in Las Encartaciones.

It is located on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, on the Left Bank of the mouth of the Estuary of Bilbao and at the foot of the Serantes mountain (452 m). It is bounded to the south by Ortuella, to the east by Portugalete and to the west by Abanto and Ciérvana.

The beauty of the countryside and the quality of the gastronomy are just two of the attractions which the visitor can enjoy. Santurtzi is a maritime town that has been able to preserve its customs in spite of its large growth. Life in this Council area is dominated by the sea, which inspires its work and leisure. The fish and the trawler regattas and the Mariana fiestas of the “Virgen del Carmen” keep their roots alive. And what to say about the gastronomy, everyone knows how well the fish is prepared in Santurtzi, especially the sea bream and the sardines in places such as the Mandanga restaurant or the internationally known Currito.


The noble and loyal town of Gernika-Lumo is a municipality belonging to the Busturialdea region and is surrounded by the natural area of Urdaibai.

The municipality of Gernika-Lumo originated in the 19th century after the administrative merging of the elizate of Lumo and the town of Gernika, in turn founded on land belonging to Lumo, although each entity preserved its own rights: the elizate the derecho foral (set of rights) of the Tierra Llana, (old administrative area); and the town, the Castilian derecho común (common right).

The town is located at 10 m of altitude in the valley of the Oca River, which forms the Gernika Estuary.

Gernika-Lumo contains the place where the representative assemblies, the so-called Juntas Generales, of Vizcaya met under the oak known as the Árbol de Gernika (tree of Gernika), symbol of the freedom of the Vizcaya people and where in the past, the ladies of Vizcaya, after receiving their title, came to swear their respect to the fuero de Vizcaya (forum of Vizcaya).

On 26 April 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, the city was bombed by the Condor Legion, a squadron of the Luftwaffe at the service of the Francoist cause. Inspired by this, Pablo Picasso painted his work Guernica which was presented at the Paris International Exhibition of 1937. In the Second World War, the Basque volunteers that participated in the Carnot Brigade of the French forces of the Interior took the name Batallón Guernica.


The elizate of Sopelana is located in the region of Plentzia-Mungia and belongs to Uribe-Kosta. It has an area of 8.42 Km² and a population of 12,359.

The dolmens of Munarrikolanda and the settlement at Kurtzio are evidence that the history of Sopelana dates back to prehistory, as on both sites the archaeological remains of a settlement used by man since prehistoric times can be seen.

The traces of the Roman presence in Sopelana are mainly found around San Pedro church, where various ceramic materials have been found. Near the cliff at Atxabiribil beach a fragment of terra sigillata was discovered, possibly from the third century AD.

In the urban area, sculptures of different styles can be seen. The oldest is Munarri, on the Fraidemendi mountain, where sacrifices were made to the fertility of the earth in the 8th century. Among the contemporary ones, the following stand out: El Surfista, on the Iberre bridge, the emblematic Cola de la Ballena in Iturrieta park, and El Guitarrista, a homage to the mythical Angus Young, guitarist with the group AC/DC (special mention of the commemorative plaque – A. Young, gazte bat, which is a play on words, as gazte bat in Basque means “A Young”)..


The old port of Placencia de Butron was created as a shelter from the storms in the Bay of Biscay. It was awarded the category of “Villa” (town) by charter given by Don Diego López de Haro in 1299.

Any visit to the municipality of Plentzia must include a walk along the narrow streets of the old town that, in spite of major transformations undertaken in the last century, preserve their historical charm.


The legend that attributes the name Mundaka to the Latin expression munda aqua (clean water) is very well known. This legend appears in the Vizcaya Chronicle written by Lope García de Salazar in the 15th century.

According to this story a ship from Scotland arrived on the coast of Mundaka, which carried a princess who had been exiled from her land. The Scottish called the place Munda aqua in their Latin language as they found a source of very clean water that was a contrast to the cloudy waters of the Urdaibai estuary. This princess had a son who was to be called Jaun Zuria and who became, according to the legend, the first Señor de Vizcaya (Lord of Vizcaya). This legend also explains why Mundaka occupies prime position among the elizates of Vizcaya.


The town of Bermeo was founded in 1236, it is a municipality in the Busturialdea region, and it is the most populated town in the Urdaibai region with around 17,000 inhabitants.

It is a town with a deeply rooted maritime tradition, its economy is mainly based on fishing and preserved fish.

In addition, it has various tourist attractions such as the San Juan de Gaztelugatxe hermitage, the Ercilla tower (Museum of the Fisherman), the San Juan gate and its friendly port, among others.