The Greater Bilbao: Santurtzi, Portugalete, Getxo
Fishing port, beautiful walks and world heritage suspension bridge
Bilbao is part of the Greater Bilbao, a conurbanation of 8 municipalities on both sides of the Estuary of river Nervion, of which Bilbao is the Capital city. Even though they are 8 municipalities, the visitor has the feeling that it is the same city, as they are one next to the other in a very small area (14 km from one side to the other).Santurtzi, where EIDE is located, Portugalete and Getxo are the most attractive areas of the Greater Bilbao: Santurtzi and Getxo are at the edge of the estuary and by the sea; Portugalete is the town where the famous transporter bridge is located (the world-heritage “Puente Colgante”).
Santurtzi or Santurce (on the left) used to be a fishing town, and is famous in Spanish speaking countries for the song “Desde Santurce a Bilbao” about a “Sardinera” (a lady selling sardines) that walks to Bilbao everyday by the riverside, selling sardines. Nowadays there are not that many fishermen, but Santurtzi still has the beautiful fishing port. Just by this fishing port, there is a brand new Marina. The most attractive part of Santurce is the walk from the fishing port (on the picture below) to Portugalete, with beautiful views of the sea, the estuary, Getxo and the “Puente Colgante”.