Make your own railway stew

Over a low heat of coal

The origin of the "putxera," or railway stew, dates back to the 19th century as a means for railway workers on the northern lines to heat their meals with the steam from the trains. A tradition that has lasted for generations and in which the neighbours of Balmaseda take high pride. One of them will gladly show you how to cook your own railway stew.

Enjoy the beans, ribs, bacon, chorizo, black pudding and other secret ingredients that he is sure to know and will use to give a special touch to this recipe. While your stew simmers over a low heat of coal, this neighbour will show you around this medieval town so that you'll be able to immerse yourself in one of the most authentic Basque traditions – going out for drinks with a few friends, otherwise known as txikiteo.

Visit the Balmaseda Municipal History Museum or San Severino church. Soak up in the local culture and have a chat with other locals from town while enjoying small glasses of wine, also known as txikitos.

When lunchtime is drawing to a close, and thanks to your new friend, you'll bask in the privilege of enjoying this tasty dish at a typical txoko in town, a place that not everyone is lucky enough to have access to. To finish off the day, and after sitting around the table after lunch to have a chat, don't forget to visit the interesting La Encartada Beret Museum, a former factory where this distinctive and popular piece of headwear used to be made.

Finally, we recommend that you stay in one of the properties in the area, as the Encartaciones region has far more to offer the visitor, for example, the Pozalagua Caves or Loizaga Tower. This tower, which opens on Sundays and bank holidays, hides a magnificent collection of luxury cars inside, including Rolls-Royces.

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Pintxo i Blanco
Martin Mendia, nº 5
48800 BALMASEDA (Bizkaia)


Phone: (+34) 946 802 976
Mobile: (+34) 626 166 665


Schedule / Notes

❱ Available all week.
❱ Duration: half journey.
*It´s necessary to book.

Services / Extra information

❱ Minimum grouo: 2 people.
❱ Maximum froup: 36 people.


❱ General rate: €28 per person.