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Location of Balmaseda in Biscay.

Balmaseda (Basque; called Valmaseda in Spanish) is a town in the Encartaciones (Basque: Enkarterriak) region of Biscay in the Spanish Basque Country.

Old bridge over the river Kadagua

It is located approximately 30 km (18 miles) south-west of Biscay's capital city, Bilbao. Balmaseda has been one of the most important cities in the Encartaciones region of Biscay due to its proximity to Cantabria and Castile. It has been, and continues to be, a major centre for the furniture and steel industries. It is also one of the many historical cities in Biscay and serves as the capital of the Encartaciones region of the west end of Biscay. With 7,000 inhabitants, it boasts an attractive historic quarter and a "puente viejo" (old bridge) crossing the river Kadagua that dates back to 1199. On 5 November 1808, it was the theatre of the battle of Valmaseda between the French and the Spanish armies.

Balmaseda has a passion play every easter

The town can be accessed on the FEVE narrow-gauge railway from Bilbao.

See also

  • Balmaceda, an alternate spelling found in Spanish surnames.

External links

  • BALMASEDA in the Bernardo Estornés Lasa - Auñamendi Encyclopedia (Euskomedia Fundazioa) (Spanish)

Coordinates: 43°11′45″N 0°29′40″E / 43.19583°N 0.49444°E / 43.19583; 0.49444

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

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Balmaseda is a town in Vizcaya, Basque Country.

A small and charming Basque town near the border with Burgos. Nestled in the mountains, it is an excellent base for exploring the wilderness.

  • By bus BizkaiBus has service between Bilbao bus terminal and Balmaseda. Balmaseda does not have a bus station, so the drop-off point is the same as the pick-up point.
  • By train FEVE runs two trains an hour to and from Bilbao (Santander Station).

Get around

Balmaseda is small, so walking the the best way to get around.

  • Ayuntmiento-Town Hall with its impressive columns
  • Puente Viejo Roman Bridge (XIII)
  • Iglesia de San Severino (XIV)
  • Balmaseda Historical Museum
  • Palacio Horcasitas
  • Iglesia San Juan
  • Ermita de San Roque y San Sebastian en el monte Kolitza
  • Iglesia de Santa Clara . It is also a museum
  • Medieval market in March.
  • Semana Santa (Easter). Representation of the Last Supper, Judgment and Crucifixion by locals.
  • San Severino festivals: 23rd October.
  • Restaurante "Las Piscinas"
  • Restaurante "Iza"
  • Bar "Los Gemelos"
  • Bar "Sauto"
  • Many cafes and bars around Plaza San Severino have a great selection of tapas

Drink

Try any one of the cafes or bars in Plaza San Severino.

  • Hotel San Roque Avda. Encartaciones, 2. tel 946 102 268
  • Hostal Begoña Plaza San Severino, 12. tel 946 102 326
  • Hostel/Pension Mendia c/Martin Mendia, 6. tel. 946 102 258
  • Refugio Kolitxa Monte Kolitxa tel. 946 800 000
  • Albergue El Peñueco Barrio el Peñueco tel. 629 535 249
  • Albergue La Garbea Monte La Garbea tel. 946 800 000
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