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Noble Villa de Portugalete
Banner o Portugalete
Coat of airms o Portugalete
Coat airms
Location o Portugalete in Biscay.
Location o Portugalete in Biscay.
Portugalete is located in Spain
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 43°19′10″N 3°1′10″W / 43.31944°N 3.01944°W / 43.31944; -3.01944Coordinates: 43°19′10″N 3°1′10″W / 43.31944°N 3.01944°W / 43.31944; -3.01944
Kintra Spain
Autonomous commonty Basque Kintra
ComarcaGreater Bilbao
 • AlcaldeMikel Torres (PSE-EE)
 • Total3.21 km2 (1.24 sq mi)
26 m (85 ft)
 • Total47,756
 • Density15,000/km2 (39,000/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Portugalujo/a, Jarrillero/a
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Offeecial leid(s)Basque an Spaingie
WebsiteOffeecial wabsteid

Portugalete is a toun leein tae the wast o Bilbao in the province o Biscay in the Autonomous commonty o Basque Kintra, northren Spain.

The toun haes 47,756 inhabitants (2013 census) an is pairt o Bilbao's metropolitan aurie. It is locatit at the mooth o the Estuar o Bilbao, on the left bank. Its land aurie is anerly 3.21 km², resultin in a population density o 15,908.4 bodies/km², the fift-maist densely populatit municipality in Spain (follaein Mislata, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Benetússer, an 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 wur grantit tae the Port o Bilbao insteid o Portugalete (Portu-Ugaldeta in Basque).

Despite its name, it is no near the Spaingie border wi Portugal.

The transporter brig

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The ceety haes the Vizcaya Brig, a transporter brig. The caur ferry is suspendit frae a frame bi wires attached tae wheels on tracks abuin the cabin an muives frae ane side o the River Nervión tae the ither (Getxo) via a traction seestem.

This brig wis declared a Warld Heritage Steid on 13 Julie 2006.

Events an festivals

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San Roque Festivals

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They festivals offeecially last fower days, frae 14 tae 17 August, the main festivities occurrin on 15 an 16 August, "San Roque" Day. The fowk sing the sang "La Diana Portugaluja" ootside the Toun Haw in the fore-nuin o 15 August tae mark the eve of San Roque Day.


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Monuments in Portugalete include the 15t century Basílica o Santa María, Salazar's Touer, an the toun haw in addeetion tae the auld mediaeval airches an streets in the aulder pairt o the ceety.

Freemit airtins

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