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Sopelana (in Spaingie)
Saunt Peter's kirk
Saunt Peter's kirk
Banner o Sopela
Coat of airms o Sopela
Coat airms
Location o Sopela in Biscay.
Location o Sopela in Biscay.
Sopela is located in Spain
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 43°22′53″N 2°58′45″W / 43.38139°N 2.97917°W / 43.38139; -2.97917Coordinates: 43°22′53″N 2°58′45″W / 43.38139°N 2.97917°W / 43.38139; -2.97917
Kintra Spain
Autonomous commonty Basque Kintra
 • AlcaldeSaioa Villanueva (Bildu)
 • Total8.39 km2 (3.24 sq mi)
62 m (203 ft)
 • Total13,061
 • Density1,600/km2 (4,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
WebsiteOffeecial wabsteid

Sopela (Spaingie: Sopelana) is a toun an municipality locatit in the province o Biscay, in the autonomous commonty o Basque Kintra, northren Spain. The toun is roughly 820 hectares in aurie, locatit in the coonty Uribe-Kosta on the north east side o Bilbao an due east o the Nervión river estuar. In the municipality, ither umwhile touns lik Larrabasterra are nou mergit tae mak Sopela lairger. The population is 11,185 fowk, as recordit in the 2003 census. Thrivin expansion o the toun puts this nummer tae well ower 12,000 fowk. The aurie o Sopela is situated amang green hills an beaches. This maks for a vera attractive suburb tae Bilbao, wi a short commute o 35 minutes on the metro.

Climate[eedit | eedit soorce]

Sopelana's oceanic climate is vera different frae the ane o soothren Spain. Hairsk winds tend tae pick up speed alang the coast an precipitation is vera common aw year roond. Northren winds aften bring the winter temperatur tae juist abuin the freezin pynt, but simmers are uisually comfortable frae late Mey tae early September. Snaw is common three days each winter on average [1] Archived 1997-01-01 at the Wayback Machine. The simmer climate is wairm an the temperaturs are moderatit bi the constant sea breezes.

Beaches[eedit | eedit soorce]

Sopela beach, paraglidin

Sopelana is kent for three beaches Atxabiribil, Barinatxe an Arrietara. Thay are rather exposed tae the elements o the Bay o Biscay an hae guid condeetions for surfers. A fort beach, Meñakoz is o less appeal for sun wirshippers an mair for the surfer croud due tae the pebble bed grund. Sopela is frequently the host o regional surf competeetions as condeetions are adequate for surfin in its beaches. A less famous, but internationally kent event an aw, is the yearly nude race on Barinatxe beach in the hairst. Barinatxe is a clothin optional beach. Anither special place in Sopelana is a smaw creek cried Ikatza kent anerly bi its ceetizens.

Transport[eedit | eedit soorce]

The toun is connectit tae the main transport arteries wi twa metro stations on the Bilbao Metro an heich-gates. The metro stations are locatit tae the far sooth o Sopela in Larrabasterra an in the centre o Sopelana. Several bus routes connect Sopela tae Bilbao an nearbi touns an aw. Thare is a local bus service which connects the toun centre wi the beaches.

Shoppin[eedit | eedit soorce]

Thare are nae lairger shoppin auries or maws in Sopelana, the shoppin centres are locatit a short caur ride awa in nearbi touns lik Getxo or Barakaldo. Housomeivver, the centre o Sopelana is full o smaw shops wi a wide variety o guids. Alang the main road tae wast Sopelana, thare are several youth orientit shops an surf shops open aw year roond.

Freemit airtins[eedit | eedit soorce]