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Location of Santurtzi within the Basque Country

Coordinates: 43°19′49″N 03°1′53″W / 43.33028°N 3.03139°W / 43.33028; -3.03139Coordinates: 43°19′49″N 03°1′53″W / 43.33028°N 3.03139°W / 43.33028; -3.03139
Country  Spain
Autonomous community Basque Country (autonomous community) Basque Country
Province Biscay
Comarca Greater Bilbao
Founded 1075, first written reference
  Alcalde Ricardo Ituarte (PNV)
  Total 6.77 km2 (2.61 sq mi)
Elevation 2 m (7 ft)
Population (2009)
  Total 46,978
  Density 6,900/km2 (18,000/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Santurzano, santurtziarra (eusk.)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 48980
Official language(s) Basque
Website Official website

Santurtzi (Spanish: Santurce; Basque: Santurtzi) is a port town in the province of Biscay, in the autonomous community of Basque Country, Spain. It is located in the Bilbao Abra bay, near the mouth of the Nervión river, on its left bank, 14 km downriver from Bilbao and forms part of the Greater Bilbao agglomeration. It has a population of 47,320 (2006) and a land area of 6.77 km².

The district of Santurce of the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico derives its name from Santurtzi.


Santurtzi has a very rough orography although excluding Mount Serantes (452m) - one of its most symbolic topographic elements, it is not at high altitude, the significant heights being spurs of the Serantes: The Mallet (245m) and the Fortified heights (123 and 106m). Its relief is within the north flank of the anticline of Biscay. It is a relief of a structural type corresponding to a series of materials of the Cretaceous period (limestone) throughout Punta Lucero-Serantes smoothly inclined towards the Estuary of Bilbao.

The climate in Santurtzi is of the humid oceanic climate type. The temperatures are moderate throughout the year, with more frequent rains in spring and autumn, winters are benign and summers not excessively warm. The average temperature is 20 °C (70ªF) in summer and 8 °C (48ªF) in winter.




Years Mayor Party
1979-1983 José Antonio Loidi Alcaraz EAJ-PNV
1983-1987 José Miguel Darquistade Albizua PSOE
1987-1991 José Miguel Darquistade Albizua PSOE
1987-1995 José Miguel Darquistade Albizua PSOE
1995-1999 José Miguel Darquistade Albizua PSE-EE
1999-2003 Francisco Javier Cruz Expósito PSE-EE
2003-2007 Francisco Javier Cruz Expósito PSE-EE
2007-2011 Ricardo Ituarte Azpiazu PNV
2011-2015 Ricardo Ituarte Azpiazu PNV
2015 Aintzane Urkijo Sagredo PNV

Geographic location


The beauty of the landscape and the quality of the gastronomy along with the hospitality of the Santurtziarrak are some of the attractions which the visitor can enjoy.

Santurtzi is a marine town that has succeeded in conserving many of its traditions, in spite of its great growth.

The life in this area is focused on the sea, which inspires its work and its leisure. Fishing boat and rowing boat races, and the celebrations of the Virgin of the Carmen keep their traditions alive.

Gastronomy is based on fish, especially sardines.

Events and festivities


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