Theme Week Basque Country – Barakaldo

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Barakaldo Municipal Music School © Ebak/cc-by-sa-4.0

Barakaldo Municipal Music School © Ebak/cc-by-sa-4.0

Barakaldo (Spanish: Baracaldo; Basque: Barakaldo) is a municipality located in the Biscay province in the Basque Country in Spain. Located on the Left Bank of the Estuary of Bilbao, the city is part of Greater Bilbao, has a population as of the 2019 census at 100,881. Barakaldo has an industrial river-port heritage and has undergone significant redevelopment with new commercial and residential areas replacing the once active industrial zones.

Tourists visit sites in Barakaldo such as the Botanic Garden, the Bilbao Exhibition Centre, the medieval Bridge of Castrexana, and some of the city’s street sculptures. In July, the town celebrates “Las Fiestas del Carmen,” which includes open-air concerts and large fairs.

Bilbao Exhibition Center (BEC) © Zarateman © Tiia Monto/cc-by-sa-3.0 Torres de San Vicente © Theklan/cc-by-sa-2.5 Barakaldo Municipal Music School © Ebak/cc-by-sa-4.0 Barakaldo Theatre © OtsoBeltz/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Asier Sarasua Garmendia/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Barakaldo Municipal Music School © Ebak/cc-by-sa-4.0
The 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica original entry on the town stated:

“Pop.(1900): 15,013. Few Spanish towns have developed more rapidly than Baracaldo [sic], which nearly doubled its population between 1880 and 1900. During this period many immigrant labourers settled here; for the iron works and dynamite factory of Baracaldo prospered greatly, owing to the increased output of the Biscayan mines, the extension of railways in the neighbourhood, and the growth of shipping at Bilbao. The low flat country round Barakaldo is covered with maize, pod fruit and vines”.

Iron mining formed a large part of Barakaldo’s industry, making it the endpoint of a mining railway. The steel industry, led by Altos Hornos de Vizcaya, had an important presence during the 20th century, until the industrial recession hit the region’s economy in the 1980s.

In recent decades, the industrial zones surrounding Barakaldo have become less prominent, which can be owed to the shuttering of large companies such as Babcock & Wilcox. Although several factories remain, areas that were once industrial have been redeveloped into residential properties such as malls and parks. A large exhibition centre. the Bilbao Exhibition Centre has recently been built on the outskirts of the town.

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