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Famous People

Get to know about the historic personalities and famous people from the Basque Country

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  • Victor Hugo

    Victor Hugo

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    Pasaia is a sleepy port town that was once home to the illustrious French author Victor Hugo. Built in the 17th century, the tourist office used to be his summer residence, it is a typical Pasaia home with access to the bay. It consists of three floors: the first floor houses the Pasaia Tourist Office; on the second floor there is a permanent exhibition, entitled "Victor Hugo – a journey to the memory,” and the third floor is a space for temporary exhibitions. The free museum gives visitors an intimate look at where Victor Hugo lived, his writings, drawings and memories.

    Address: Donibane, 63, 20110.

    Hours: Monday-Sunday: 11:00-14:00 / 16:00-18:00. Tours: by appointment.  

    Phone: 943 341 556.

  • Cristobal Balenciaga

    Cristobal Balenciaga


    One of the most famous French Basque fashion designers, Cristobal Balenciaga was born in Getaria. High on the hill above this medieval port town and its Gothic bell-tower church, is the grave of Cristóbal Balenciaga. The museum, housed in the Aldamar Palace, houses over 1,200 pieces of his work.  The having shaped the Spanish fashion scene from the 40’s through the 70’s, Balenciaga’s sophisticated work continues to influence today’s pret a porter designers. The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions, a multipurpose room and shop.

    Address: Aldamar Parkea, 6, 20808.

    Hours: Winter (October to May). Tuesday to Thursday: 10:30 -17:00. Friday and Saturday: 10:30 -20:00. Sunday and holidays: 10:30 -18:00. Summer (June to September). Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 -20:00 h. Summer (July and August). Monday to Sunday: 10:00 -20:00.

    Phone: 943 008 840.

  • Ignacio Zuloaga

    Ignacio Zuloaga


    Located along the ancient pilgrimage route of the Camino de Santiago in a restored chapel, is the Zuloaga Museum. This is the studio where he painted and collected works of art for his personal collection including pieces by Zurbarán, El Greco, Goya, Luis Morales and Vicente Lopez. The collection is completed by a sculpture of Rodin and Julio Beobide.

    Address: Casa Santiago-Etxea, 4, 20750.

    Hours: From March 30 to September 30. Friday to Sunday. 16:00 to 20:00.

    Phone: 943 862 341.  

  • Simon Bolibar Museum

    Simon Bolibar Museum


    Along the Camino de Santiago to Ziortza is the ancestral family home of military and political leader Simon Bolivar. The house is now a museum featuring a retrospective of the liberator of several American nations. It also houses exhibits of how the Basque people lived during the middle ages.

    Address: Errementarikua Baserria. Beko Kale, 4, 48279.

    Hours: Monday to Friday: 10:00 -13:00. Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 12:00 to 14:00. Monday: Closed (including holidays). July and August: from 17:00 - 19:00.

    Phone: 946 164 114.

  • Zumalakarregi Museum

    Zumalakarregi Museum


    Deep in the mountains of Gipuzkoa, in a small green valley is the town of Ormaiztegi, the birthplace and museum of well known Basque general Thomas Zumalacárregui. The Zumalakarregi Museum focuses on the military and political history of the Basque Country during the nineteenth century. During this period the region faced much turmoil and violence due to the transition from the Old Regime to Liberalism, between the French Revolution and the Second Carlist War. Housed in a seventeenth century farm house called "Iriarte Erdikoa", the museum sits in the same house where the Zumalakarregi family lived, including Carlist general Tomás and Miguel, a liberal politician. Visitors will find artifacts from the Carlist War, military objects, documents, period costumes and other memorabilia from the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

    Address: C / Muxika egurastokia, 6. Iriarte-Erdikoa Caserío, 20216.

    Hours: From 1 March to 31 October: Tuesday-Sunday. From 10:00 to 14:00 to 16:00 to 19:00. From 1 November to 28 February: Monday-Friday. 10:00 -14:00. Saturday and Sunday. From 10:00 to 14:00 to 16:00 to 19:00.

    Phone: 943 889 900.

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