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Nestled in a unique natural settlement a mere 20 minutes from Bilbao, Zierbena has no match as a top destination for sea lovers
La Arena Beach – a favourite surfing spot – and the adjoining fishing port, filled with restaurants and visitors, make up an unrivalled picture
This beach, running along Zierbena and neighbouring Muskiz for over a kilometre, or 0.62 miles, invites swimming and sun-bathing and is a favourite surfing spot in the region. It offers special services for the disabled as well. The adjoining port will entice the visitor into the allure of fishing and pleasure craft, not to mention top-notch seafood restaurants.
The coastal route to Santiago de Compostela traverses this town full of enchanting places, such as trail-filled mountains (Serantes, Montaño or Punta Lucero) and the largest cycle lane in Biscay – a paradise for hikers and cyclists alike, surrounded by lush woods.
For sports enthusiasts, two long-standing traditions in Zierbena include sea rowing and a regional variety of outdoor bowling known as “Katxete.”
The rambler should not fail to check out the municipality’s rich architectural heritage. San Román Parish (dating from the 12th century and rebuilt in 1880), the adjoining Nuestra Señora del Puerto Church or San Ignacio de Loyola Hermitage will make for a great tour. This hermitage, although built in the early 1900s, has symbolic value as the only surviving chapel from the destruction of religious images and temples during the Spanish Civil War.
On a more recent note, the Town Hall building – erected in 1997 on the ruins of a former school – and a sculpture by Xebas Larrañaga devoted to seamen constitute the new landscape of town, which nonetheless has preserved its traditional charm – even though the construction of the port of Bilbao dramatically changed the local economy.
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Schedule / Notes
The Itsaski Azoka-Seafood Fair is held the first weekend in October, where great seafood can be tasted at great prices in a truly joyful festive atmosphere.
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WHAT TO VISIT
- La Arena Beach
- The Port
Proud of, and true to, its maritime culture, Zierbena’s traditional food is essentially based on fish and seafood. Diners can taste both all sorts of fish and shellfish dishes prepared in time-honoured tradition, as well as more modern, but no less sumptuous, culinary creations.
For those who prefer it, Zierbena’s bars and restaurants serve up a wide range of portions to sample while sipping a glass of wine.
- Batzoki Zierbena
- El Marinero
- El Puerto