For the footballer, see Fernando Amorebieta.

Coat of arms

Location of Amorebieta-Etxano within the Basque Country

Coordinates: 43°13′9″N 2°44′3″W / 43.21917°N 2.73417°W / 43.21917; -2.73417
Country Spain
Autonomous community Basque Country
Province Biscay
Comarca Durangaldea
Founded January 26, 1951
  Mayor Andoni Agirrebeitia (PNV)
  Total 58.46 km2 (22.57 sq mi)
Elevation 65 m (213 ft)
Population (2014)
  Total 18,579
  Density 317.81/km2 (823.1/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Zornotzarra
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 48340
Website Official website

Amorebieta-Etxano, also known as Zornotza (Spanish, Amorebieta-Echano), is a town and municipality located in Biscay in the Basque Country, an Autonomous Community in northern Spain.

At the time of the 2014 census, the population of the municipality was 18,579, with 16,907 inhabitants living in Amorebieta. The mayor is Andoni Agirrebeitia.[1]


Amorebieta-Etxano is an inland town in the comarca of Duranguesado in the province of Biscay in northern Spain. It is about 25 km (16 mi) east of Bilbao and close to the European route E70 which runs along the north coast of Spain. It is located in the valley of the River Ibaizabal; this river joins the River Nervión a few kilometres to the north, after which it is sometimes called the "Nervión-Ibaizabal" because the two rivers are very similar in size. Amorebieta-Etxano is situated among rugged mountains and has a rich historical heritage.[2]


The municipality of Amorebieta-Etxano came into being on 26 January 1951 as the result of a merger between Amorebieta and Etxano,[3] two communities in the historic administrative district of Merindad de Zornotza. The other parts of the district were merged into the neighbouring municipality of Muxika. The new coat of arms shows the union between Amorebieta and Etxano. In the 2014 census, Amorebieta had a population of 16,907 while that of Etxano was 221.[4]

The town

The town is divided into several districts. The church of Santa María de la Asunción is in the centre of Amorebieta on the banks of the Ibaizaba. It is a large Renaissance building started in 1555 and opened for worship in 1608 and is noted for its altarpiece. Another Renaissance church is the Parroquia de San Juan Bautista de Larrea. This dates back to 1647, and in 1704 it was given to the Carmelite Order to found a convent.[5] In San Antonio is the hermitage of San Miguel de Dudea, and nearby is the Neoclassical López Palace.[5]

A branch of the international company Tecnalia Research & Innovation is located here in the Parque Empresarial Boroa where the firm employs 1500 people.[6]

Famous people

Athletic Bilbao defenders Xabier Etxeita and Jon Aurtenetxe were born in Zornotza, part of Amorebieta-Etxano. Another prominent sports-person native to the town is Beñat Intxausti, a professional cyclist.[7]


  1. Andoni Agirrebeitia Abendibar. "Saludo del alcalde" (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  2. Philips' Modern School Atlas. George Philip and Son, Ltd. 1973. p. 37. ISBN 0-540-05278-7.
  3. "Amorebieta-Etxano". Lod view. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  4. "Población del Padrón Continuo por Unidad Poblacional" (in Spanish). Instituto Nacional de Estadistica. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  5. 1 2 "Amorebieta-Etxano". Euskadi: Basque Country (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  6. "Tecnalia: locations in Spain". Tecnalia. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  7. Stokes, Shane (30 December 2011). "Juan Jose Cobo signs two year contract with Movistar team". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. Retrieved 15 October 2015.

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Coordinates: 43°13′9″N 2°44′3″E / 43.21917°N 2.73417°E / 43.21917; 2.73417

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