Enkarterri, most surprising part of the Basque Country
The region of Enkarterri, in Bizkaia, offers a wide range of possibilities to enjoy the most surprising Euskadi in its purest essence. From overflowing nature to unique traditions, villages with a rich history and authentic experiences. This Easter we recommend you to attend the Pasión Viviente in Balmaseda.
Nature and Active Tourism
Explore the natural treasure of Pozalagua Cave, in Karrantza. Located in the heart of the Armañón Nature Reserve, this natural gem is home to the largest concentration of eccentric stalactites in the world. Enter this amazing subterranean complex among columns, lava flows, stalactites and stalagmites. An incomparable sight that was recognised as the Best Place in Spain in the Repsol Guide.
Factory of txapelas or berets
Discover the textile culture of Enkarterri in a beautiful natural setting. Transport yourself back to the beginnings of the industrial revolution on the Peninsula, discovering the 19th century textile factory of La Encartada, through its old building and exceptional collection of machinery, which is still in perfect working order today. Learn how the textiles of the time were woven and made, including the prized beret or txapela.
Towns and Villages
Visit the epicentre of the indiano dream in Enkarterri, the region that holds the record for the number of indiano houses in the Basque Country. In Karrantza you can find out how the Indianos made their fortune when they went to the Americas, their great charitable works, curious stories and the mansions they built on their return with a very characteristic architectural style. A guided tour full of surprises and secrets through the main mansions of this town.
The Pasión Viviente of Balmaseda
Discover Enkarterri's greatest religious tradition and the most famous in the Basque Country: the Pasión Viviente. Every Easter, the inhabitants of Balmaseda throw themselves body and soul into the representation of the last moments of the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Enjoy the living stage in the historic quarter of the first town in Bizkaia, where the streets, the costumes, make-up and interpretation of the actors and actresses will give you a surprising experience.
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