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Barakaldo parish
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Barakaldo (Spain)
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Basic data
Autonomous Community : Basque CountryBasque Country Basque Country
Province : Bizkaia
Comarca : Gran Bilbao
Coordinates 43 ° 18 ′  N , 3 ° 0 ′  W Coordinates: 43 ° 18 ′  N , 3 ° 0 ′  W
Height : 39  msnm
Area : 29.39 km²
Residents : 100,881 (Jan. 1, 2019)
Population density : 3,432.49 inhabitants / km²
Postal code : 48900, 48901, 48902 and 48903
Municipality number  ( INE ): 48013
Mayor : Amaia del Campo ( PNV )
Address of the municipal administration: Herriko Plaza, 1, 48901 Barakaldo, Vizcaya, Spain Tel .: +34 944 78 91 00
Website :
Location of the municipality
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Barakaldo (Spanish Baracaldo ) is a city with 100,881 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2019) in the greater Bilbao area in the Spanish Basque Country .


Ría de Bilbao near Barakaldo

Barakaldo is located on the Ría de Bilbao , about ten kilometers from Bilbao and five kilometers from the coast of the Bay of Biscay . The center is on a hill above the Ria. The area is mountainous with elevations of 400–500 m. There are iron ore deposits in the mountains around Barakaldo ( Montes de Triano ).

In addition to the Ría de Bilbao, the rivers Galindo and Cadagua flow through the urban area.

The climate is maritime with moderate summers and mild winters.


The exact founding date of Barakaldo is not known exactly. It is presumably before the year 1000. The first documentary mention comes from the year 1051. Urban development has always been associated with ore mining and iron production and processing.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, Barakaldo was an important location for the Spanish steel industry. In the 1990s, the Altos Hornos de Vizcaya steelworks were closed as part of a restructuring process, which plunged the entire region into a serious crisis.

Santa Teresa Church in the Bagatza district

Population development of the municipality

Source: INE archive - graphic processing for Wikipedia

Culture and sights


Barakaldo is, like the other places on the left bank of the Ría de Bilbao Santurtzi , Portugalete , Sestao , a strongly industrialized city. Nevertheless, the cityscape has changed significantly in recent years due to beautification measures.


  • Teatro de Barakaldo


Since the 1990s, Barakaldo has been in a transition process from the former heavy industry to a service center. Barakaldo is home to two of the largest shopping centers in Northern Spain, the Maxcenter and the Megapark .


Since 2004, the Bilbao Exhibition Center has been located in the Ansio district of Barakaldo on the site of a former steel mill.

Public facilities

  • Hospital in the Cruces district, one of the most important and largest hospitals in Bizkaia with a special department for burn injuries
Metro entrance in the Bagatza district


Barakaldo is on the A8 Bilbao - Santander motorway . The city center is connected to Bilbao via the Metro de Bilbao metro line 2 . In addition, local trains run by the RENFE company run to the provincial capital.

Bilbao's airport, Loiu , is 10 km from Barakaldo.

sons and daughters of the town

Web links

Commons : Barakaldo  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Cifras oficiales de población resultantes de la revisión del Padrón municipal a 1 de enero . Population statistics from the Instituto Nacional de Estadística (population update).