Untold tales of the rocks of the mansions
Getxo holds many geological secrets on its coast and inland. Buildings on which the untrained eye sees just walls, ornamentation and windows have complex stories to tell. This tour reveals the urban geology behind numerous buildings in Getxo.
What is urban geology?
Urban geology is a branch of geology which studies geodynamic phenomena that can cause changes in the structures and buildings of towns and cities. It is used to analyse the prospects for the maintenance and development of such structures.
This tour takes in numerous standout buildings and features of Getxo, and shows how minerals and fossils have been used in them for decoration.
The tour starts at the Puente Bizkaia transporter bridge. The next stop is the monument to Evaristo de Churruca, a statue of a sailor conquering Poseidon which represents mankind's dominance of the sea. Then we will visit the church of Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes before going on to the Las Arenas seafront promenade to look at the geological features of the palatial homes that stand there, such as the Palacio Bidarte, Cisco II and Villa Ariatza. Then we will pass other distinguished buildings such as Lezama-Leguizamón and Palacio Arriluze on the way to our last stop at the Punta Begoña Galleries.
If you have an interest in geology and want to learn the geological secrets of Getxo's sightseeing attractions, then this is the tour for you.
DATES AND TIMETABLE:
April: 15, 30
May: 13, 28
June: 10, 25
July: 9, 22
August: 12, 18
October: 7, 14
11:00 - 13:00
17:00 - 19:00 (July and August).
Bizkaia Bridge Square.
Spanish / Basque.