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Balmaseda is a town of 7,700 people (2018) 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]

Balmaseda is 30 km from the province capital city Bilbao.

By bus[edit]

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[edit]

Renfe feve runs up to two trains an hour to 1 Balmeseda station from Bilbao La Concordia on line C4 taking just under an hour. Barik transport cards can be used.

Get around[edit]

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


Iglesia de San Severino (Cathedral)
  • 1 Ayuntamiento (Town Hall), San Severino Plaza, 1. With its impressive columns.
  • Old Bridge, Roman medieval Bridge (13th century)
  • Saint Severine's church (14th century)
  • 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


Procession of the Passion play on Good Friday, past the Old Bridge.
  • 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.


  • Medieval market in March.


  • Las Piscinas, La Calzada Kalea 1,, +34 946 80 14 72. 10:00-20:00. Restaurant
  • Iza. Restaurant
  • 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, +34 946 102 268.
  • 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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