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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.

Get in[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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


Procession of the Passion play on Good Friday, past the Old Bridge.
  • Ayuntamiento-Town Hall, with its impressive columns
  • Old Bridge, Roman style medieval Bridge (XIII)
  • Saint Severine's church (XIV)
  • Balmaseda Historical Museum
  • Horcasitas Palace
  • Saint John's church
  • Saint Roch and Saint Sebastian's hermitage (chapel) on top of mount Kolitza
  • Santa Clara church and museum
  • Medieval market in March.
  • Good Thursday and Good Friday Passion play: Procession and representation of Christ's Last Supper, Judgement 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


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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