Traditional Basque wooden fishing vessel

Located in Santurtzi, only 20 minutes from Bilbao by train or metro (Peñota station). Agurtza fishing boat is one of the last of the traditional wooden fishing vessels left on our coasts, part of our heritage.

Santurtzi has been one of the ports in Bizkaia with the highest number of vessels devoted to off-shore fishing; at its highest the figure was approaching 50, with crews totalling almost 200 men. Until the beginning of the 20th century, the Trainera was an essential tool in this activity; it was replaced by vessels propelled by steam or internal combustion engines, which enabled greater loads and less manpower, and subsequently by motor-powered vessels.

As an example of these boats, we have the Agurtza, the only fishing boat that can be visited in Biscay.

In this guided tour we will visit a fishing ship from the inside, know about the hard life of the arrantzales (fishermen), the importance of women in the work of selling, downloading and repairing networks, and learn about the different fishing techniques used in the Cantabrian sea.

It belongs to the Basque Coast Museums and EUROPEAN ROUTE OF INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE (




Advance reservations are required for tours in English

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Opening hours

September-June Weekends 11:00, 12:30

Easter Holidays / July-August Every Day 11:00, 12:30


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  • Dirección Paseo Reina Victoria (unnumbered)
    At SANTURTZI's Fishing Port