Suspension Bridge – Old Port (2 h 30 m)
ARCHITECTURE by the COAST
Metro Exit: Areeta
Metro Entry (way back): Algorta
It is a nice walkway from the Suspension Bridge of Las Arenas to the Old Port in Algorta. It will take us 20 minutes from Bilbao to get to Areeta station by metro. Once there we shall take our left along Calle Mayor to arrive to the Suspention Bridge in 5 minutes time.
The Suspension Bridge is our starting spot. It is named Bizkaia Bridge, and it was built in 1893 by disciples of Gustave Eiffel. It joins the two sides of the estuary (Las Arenas / Getxo and Portugalete), and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2006. It is the oldest of its kind in the world.
Once visited, we shall take the walkway to the right, going towards the mouth of the estuary. We shall find a park dedicated to the memory of Evaristo Churruca, the engineer who regularized the estuary in the early years of the 20th century. Following the same direction, where we shall find some of the most remarkable houses of the 19th and 20th century in Bilbao, many of them by Manuel María Smith (the same architect of San Mames Stadium and Carlton Hotel in Bilbao). In this promenade there are many plaques where we can find information about these interesting houses.
Once we complete this first promenade, we shall take our left to keep on walking towards Arriluce Lighthouse. Right in front of this point, we will see the Lezama Leguizamon Palace, and then we cancontinue discovering astonishing houses by JM Basterra, Manuel María Smith or Rafael Bastida. At the end of the first stretch we will find the arched gallery of Atxekolandeta or Punta Begoña.
Once we are in front of this gallery, we can take two directions. On our left there is a marine and outdoor leisure centre with restaurants and coffee-shops. On our right (preferred option) we can keep on walking by Ereaga beach, and short after the beach, we shall arrive to the Old Port of Algorta. This is a little fishermen neighbourhood that still keeps its essence. It sits on top of a steep hill, and along its narrow white streets we can find superb restaurants and bars where it is possible to enjoy a taste of local food.
We shall keep walking upwards to enjoy nice views from the upper park of Usategi. The other option is going straight to the Metro of Algorta in our way back to Bilbao.
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