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Albaola, The sea factory of the basques

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Albaola, The sea factory of the basques

Albaola is an innovative space located in Pasaia, close to San Sebastian, where the Basque maritime universe is explained and where the handcrafted maritime technology is recovered and given value. The core business of this Factory is the building of historical vessels.

In Albaola, the Basque Maritime Factory, it is possible to know the building of a replica of the San Juan Galleon, an iconic whaleboat of the 16th century.


Located in Ondartxo cove, in Pasaia, , it allows knowing on site the history of the San Juan whaleboat, an example of the first transoceanic cargo vessels setting sail from Euskadi to Terranova, as well as the handcrafted works that will be performed during the next years.


For building its replica, the same handcrafted materials are used and the historical process of building is also respected.

It is divided into three spaces: - The museum and the permanent exhibition, - The space for handcrafted work of bank carpenters and - The big wooden shed where the already worked parts of the San Juan whaleboat will be assembled.

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Address: Ondartxo ibilbidea 1  - 20110  Pasaia
Phone: +34 943 392 426Phone: +34 943 392 426
Opening hours:

From Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00-14:00 / 15:00-18:00

From Holy Thursday to Easter Monday: 10:00-14:00 / 15:00-19:00

Open bank Holidays: 1st May, 25 and 31st July, 15th August, 12th October, 1st November and 6th and 8th December.

Closing days: Mondays except bank holidays, 1st  and 6th January and 24th, 25th and 31st December,

No. of rooms: 3
Capacity: 240