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Ondarroa

  • General view of Ondarroa
  • Church of Andra Mari
  • Port of Ondarroa
  • Port of Ondarroa
  • Ondarroa beach
  • Ondarroa

Ondarroa

Bathed by the Bay of Biscay, Ondarroa is located on the estuary of the river Artibai, on a rugged area. Situated on the eastern area of the coast of Bizkaia, the zone is dominated by the Peña del Fraile, which protects the seaside area.

 

Apart from the urban area, the municipality has two neighbourhoods called Rentería and Gorozika, which possess sociologic and culture peculiarities very common among Basque ports. Nowadays it is the new bridge Itsasaurre, designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava that facilitates the access to the port.

 

The old quarter

 

The old quarter is a very charming spot that will fascinate us. Medieval and seaside features merge in its narrow and steep streets, giving the place a peculiar atmosphere. Walking through them we'll see the Puente Viejo (old bridge) over the river Artibai.

 

With regard to the cultural heritage, we'd like to mention the old Likona tower, dating back to the 15th century. It is one of the oldest classical border building of the Basque Country. Very close to it we will find the church of Santa María (1462), a Gothic work carved in limestone outstanding for its varied large windows, the top of its buttresses and the rosette on the facade. The old Town Hall is also a remarkable construction due to its Tuscan facade, very different from the rest of the buildings in town.

 

After the cultural trip there is nothing better than a relaxing moment at the magnificent beaches of the municipality such as Arrigorri, from where the access on foot to the neighbouring beach Saturraran in the town of Mutriku is possible.

 

And, besides, if we choose August for our visit to Ondarroa we'll enjoy the patron Saint festival, beginning on August 14 with the descent of "Leokadi." The festival's last day is called "Día del marinero" (Day of the sailor), where attendants dress as sailors.

 


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Surface area:

3.60

No. of inhabitants:

8856