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You can go to Portugalete to inmerse yourself in the ambient of that Fiesta. It´s spectacular and drunkennes is guaranteed. They start early in the morning with the procession and continue all day in the fiesta drinking without stop in the taberns of old part of the town.
Really it´s spectacular. People from Portugalete takes free day to live the 'La Guía' (the guide) and most of them the next day too. It´s a very beast party, cause of alcohol! Really, very funny experience.
To arrive to Portugalete you can take Metro´s line 2 or Cercanías RENFE. You can also take Metro´s Line 1 to Areeta and cross the Estuary.
I´m going to tell you about this 'jokoak' (games) they are closely attached to the 'baserris' (hamlets). A baserri is a house in the mountain, not near the center of small towns, where people has all he need to survive. There are many games: aizkora (axe), trontza (cutting wood with a saw) sega (scythe), ingude (anvil), giza-abereen probak harriekin (stone drag by men or animals), barrenadores (borerers), zaku lasterketa (career with a sack full in the back), txingak (weights), orga (lift a cart), lazto altxatzea (lift of bale), harri jaso (lift rock), lokotx biltzea (pick up cob), soka-tira (pull rope), artzai txakurrak (pastore dogs) and the king of them estropadak (rowing). Basques have the fame of being a little beasts, aren´t we?
It´s played in 'frontones', a rectangular areas of 10 to 11 m in width and a length of 30, 36 or 54 meters; one of the long sides is always unlocked; the other three sides are closed with walls 10 m high. The long side wall is called "pared de izquierdas". To the right of this is the main wall against which it is mandatory that the ball and boat called 'frontis', which is a horizontal line or "fault" (usually metal to ring failure) to 1 m tall. The other short wall is called 'rebote'.
FRONTÓN BIZKAIA, BILBAO
There´s another kind of 'frontón' called 'trinquete', it has a 28.50 meters lenght, and in that along the left wall, the front wall to rebound, a roof extending inclined plane (called Share or Xare) is perfectly valid for the game. Under the hood lies a network or grid of metal or wood. The gable is joined to the right wall by placing a vertical plane inclined. In Argentina it is called "tambor" or "tambur" (in Uruguay "tambul") and is also valid for the game.
The tradition of pelota isn´t only of Euskadi and Navarra, in Castilla a lot off towns have open 'frontones' at parks. The player of pelota is called 'pelotari'. -ari means 'person who do'.
FRONTÓN IN ARTAJONA, NAVARRA
It can be played by hand or with 'herramientas' (tools). To see and view the main modalities click on 'read more'.
I recomend you to bring: food, water, something sweet or nuts, 2 t-shirts (because of the perspiration and the posibility of get cold), sweetshirt, a towel, some kleenex, band aids, sunglasses and a bonet/visor.
Tomorrow, if you have to buy something, I´ll need to buy bread for the lunch, we have a supermarket in the way.
There is in Bilbao a little tabern which sales 2 kind of sandwiches: Torres (towers) and Triangulos (Triangles). They sell a huge quantity of them to take away. The tabern´s name is EME, Emeterio was the founder. The sandwiches are very tasty, its sauces are a secret, and they have fame beyond Bilbao and, maybe, Bizkaia.
The theater performances move to the streets of Bilbao. The XV Festival Theatre and Arts Bilboko Kalealdia-street will start from 1 to 5 July. This edition includes a wide variety of shows ranging from street theater to circus acts, through dance, mime, clown, juggling, artistic performance and vertical facade theater Teatro Arriaga.
Horn mountains are five in Bizkaia from which, using sound and light signals were convened at the General Meetings of Bizkaia. These mountains, strategically scattered around the territory are:
1. Sollube of 686 metersabove Bermeo, Urdaibai and Txorierri. 2. Oiz of 1,026 meters above the Durango, Lea Artibai and Urdaibai. 3. Gorbea of 1,481 meters above the region of Arratia-Nerbioi on the edge of Álava.
4. Ganekogorta of 998 metersabove Bilbao. 5. Kolitza 879 m. altitude in the county of Encartaciones.
All regions have their sweets and also Bizkaia has. I present you four sweetmeat that you can only eat in Bizkaia, and one of those only in Bilbao: Bilbainito, Carolina, Rice Cake (Pastel de arroz) and Butter Bun (Bollo de mantequilla). Do you like sugar?
Ramon de la Sota returned to Spain to help set up an investment firm -- and work toward making his Basque homeland a fully-fledged European state.
“We’re very Basque nationalist,” de la Sota, 35, a former General Electric Co. (GE) executive who studied at Insead business school in Paris, said over lunch with a group of fellow returnees in downtown Bilbao. “But independence is a long-term project. There are things we have to do first. The dream is to build an international champion based here.”.
The Emergency Service of the Basque Government and Meteorology activated for Friday ad yellow heavy rainfall from 15.00 to 24.00. It is possible that the 15 liters/m2 exceeded in an hour Euskadi points.
In 20, 21 and 22 of june some museums will offer advantages and special activities for all ages: including family workshops, playgrounds, special tours, free tickets, discounts, etc ... Open days with free admission.
Hour: 12:00. The American author of historical fiction Judith K. White will presents his work "The New Worlds of Isabela Calderon" on June 21 at the BBK´s Media library in Alhondiga Bilbao. The work is the second part of a historical trilogy of novels set in Amsterdam in 1640.
Today was held the "estropatada" with benefical purposes:get money to investigate stranges illness. In the estuary there has been a race of thousands of rubber ducks.
(30,000 ducks on the estuary, each raised € 5 for medical research)
Activities continue throughout the day. I recommend the concert of The Groovies, you will not regret!
All these activities, on the esplanade of theMaritime Museum.
And here you have the activities on streaming. 14:30, Magic Show. 15:00. Concert: The Groovies 15:30. Canoe Open 16.30. Traineras ending with the delivery of ikurriñas to 17.30. Zumba session (with the collaboration of the Metropolitan Club Bilbao) on stage at the forecourt of the Museum. 18.30.Concert: The Groovies.
Night will start at eight thirty in the afternoon and offer "light shows and color for all audiences".
The bilbaínos and anyone who comes to the village will enjoy this because they´ll become "the protagonists of exception".
Interesting article published in "El Correo" written by Javier Muñoz. You have to remember that Spain was neutral in the First World War (in the Second World War, formally, too but helped militarily to Germany as payment for the help received in the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39).
If you like sun and sand (we have sand and sometimes even sun)....There are 7 beaches (2 are nudists) near Metro Bilbao, Line 1 Stations (destinations: Plentzia, Urduliz, Bidezabal, Algorta. Line 2 takes you to left border of the Estuary, there no beaches). Do you want to know how to get there?
Social Activity. Trip: Bilbao-Pagasarri-Bilbao, june 28th, 10:00-18:30
Ascent of urban mount Pagasarri from the center of Bilbao, Abando railway station. Tour of 18-20 kilometers. Lunch at the top. Everyone has to bring their own food and drink, but in the top of the mountain there is a tabern/refuge. Panoramic views of Bilbao and El Abra. Sports shoes required. No need trekking/mountain boots. Easy ascent.
Social Activity. Trip: Bilbao (Abando Railway Station) -Portugalete-Getxo-Bilbao (Abando Railway Station).
Saturday 14th, 16:30-20:30
Guided walk through Portugalete and Getxo with an explanation of some curiosities from the two towns and the Estuary of Bilbao. (It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes). Charges: Train ticket (less than 2€), Bridge ticket (0,35€), Metro Ticket (less than 2€).
You can also use the panoramic walkway of the "Bizkaia Bridge", 160 metre long crossbeam located 45 metres above the high tide level. We need to know how many of you are interested in using this walkway for booking.
The price of the climb to the panoramic walkway is 5,60 € / person, the tour is not guided but you have audio guides in English, French and Spanish (2 € / person).
The visit consists on climbing one of the panoramic elevators, then walking the runway walk, descending on the elevator on the other side and getting back in the car to the bank where the check was initiated.
"Puente Bizkaia" (better known as "Pendant Bridge") was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. More information via wikipedia and it´s official website.
What are we going to see?
Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bellas Artes)---> Oficial website. Wednesdays are free. It opens from 10:00 to 20:00. On tuesdays closed. Tickets price, 7€. Where is it? Nearest Metro Bilbao´s Station: Moyua.