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Galdames is home to breathtaking landscapes shaped by mining and to an Antique Car Museum that hosts one of the best Rolls-Royce collections in the world
A unique frame of limestone, beeches, oaks, pastures and waterways will wipe away the visitor’s woes.
A former mining rural town, Galdames evinces remnants of an industrial past. With no more than 1,000 neighbours, scores of dispersed cottages sit across the fields that once stored mineral riches and now make up breathtaking landscapes.
On an escarpment that acts as a natural watchtower, the stroller will find the remains of Antonio Trueba’s birth house, a renowned poet and novelist born into an affluent local family in the first half of the 19th century. He moved to Madrid as a young man but never forgot Galdames – such is the beauty of the place. His writings dwelt on the growing love and estrangement he felt from his homeland.
Not too far from here, the old mining railways make now for a splendid promenade running to coastal Muskiz – an indispensable itinerary for hikers and nature lovers alike. Anyhow, the tripper should not leave until after paying a visit to the Antique and Classic Car Museum, beautifully located within a fortified complex dating back to the 13th century and presided over by Loizaga Tower. The place hides a magnificent collection – not to say the best – of Rolls-Royces and other vintage brands, featured on Sundays and holidays.
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WHAT TO VISIT
- Loizaga Tower – Antique and Classic Car Museum
- Monument to Martínez de las Rivas
- Santiago Hermitage
- Vía verde Muskiz-Galdames (a scenic route)
- Vía verde Galdames-Sopuerta (a scenic route)
- Leisure areas: Atxuriaga and Aguas Juntas