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Learn more about the love story between Bilbao and the sea.

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Bilbao River Maritime Museum

Bilbao also loves the sea.

The sea is obviously part of the city of Bilbao’s identity. The origins of the city lie in the estuary, around which it was built. The founders of the Biscayan capital were fishermen who went to work from the port and came in towards the Old Bridge with their boats, in order to sell the day’s catch at a primitive market next to the Saint Anton Church. In memory of this tradition, the Bilbao Maritime River Museum was opened in 2003. It is located at the old Basque dockyard, and despite its only very recent inauguration, exhibits a large collection of the city’s maritime heritage. The Town Hall donated the ‘Grua Carola’, a crane built in the Erandio workshops, which was the most powerful one in Spain at the time. It is now one of the main attractions and hosts exhibitions. The museum has preserved the dykes from the old dockyard, which you can also visit. One area is used for the free exhibition of boats and maritime materials, where owners proudly show off their vessels on a regular basis.



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