Tourism destinations


The ria and the beach in the coastal town of Plentzia are the key figures and tourist attractions. This cosy and pleasant town is located 25 kilometres from Bilbao, on a beautiful bay coming out onto the sea that shares with the neighbouring Gorliz.

Plentzia was founded in 1299 and still maintains its historical legacy. Its picturesque and ancient old quarter of medieval origin combines in a brilliant way the popular sea architecture with more elaborated buildings sort of palace style. It is worth disappearing into the narrow streets and admiring authentic gems such as the church of Santa María Magdalena, with a remarkable 16th century tower. We should also highlight the former Town Hall that is home to the Plazentia Butrón Museum, where we will find elements from the history of the coastal town.

In past times, as many villages, a wall surrounded Plentzia. Nowadays the Arco de Santiago arch is the only remains. The Barri Tower, tower house of Butrón family is also worth mentioning, characterised by the coat of arms carved on the facade.

The ria and the beach

After the cultural trip we can relax having a walk towards the quiet Plentzia beach, full of small boats. This extensive sandy area of calm waters is very frequented by bathers in the summertime as it is an exceptional place to practice many water sports such as canoeing, scuba diving and windsurfing. Along the promenade we will reach the neighbouring Gorliz.

The more cheerful ones will find a festive calendar spread all through the year. However, the festival consecrated to San Antolín is the main one, intense and with plenty of activities that will please everyone at the beginning of September.

Information of interest

Surface area
11.17 Km
No. of inhabitants