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Portugalete is a town lying to the west of Bilbao in the province of Biscay in the Autonomous Community of Basque Country, northern Spain.The town has 47,756 inhabitants (2013 census) and is part of Bilbao's metropolitan area. It is located at the mouth of the Estuary of Bilbao, on the left bank. Its land area is only 3.21 km², resulting in a population density of 15,908.4 persons/km², the fifth-most densely populated municipality in Spain (following Mislata, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Benetússer, and Santa Coloma de Gramenet).In 1300 Portugalete became the main competitor port for Bilbao, but it lost its predominant position in 1511 when the trade privileges were granted to the Port of Bilbao instead of Portugalete.Despite its name, it is not near the Spanish border with Portugal and its name is not etymologically related with that country: it derives, instead, from a phonetic adaptation of its Basque name (Portu-Ugaldeta) to the Spanish language.The transporter bridgeThe city has the Vizcaya Bridge, a transporter bridge. The car ferry is suspended from a frame by wires attached to wheels on tracks above the cabin and moves from one side of the River Nervión to the other (Getxo) via a traction system.
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Basilica de Santa Maria ©
Basilica de Santa Maria
Duration: 30 minutes
Torre de Salazar ©
Historic Site
Torre de Salazar
Duration: 30 minutes
Rialia. Museo de la Industria ©
Specialty Museum
Rialia. Museo de la Industria
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Portugalete

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe ©
Geologic Formation
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Bermeo
Duration: 4 hours
Puerto Viejo ©
Puerto Viejo Getxo
Duration: 1h 30 min
Vizcaya Bridge ©
World heritage site
Vizcaya Bridge Getxo
Duration: 30 minutes
Playa de Plentzia ©
Playa de Plentzia Plentzia
Duration: 1h 30 min

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