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  • Bread Museum

    Bread Museum

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    A simple, yet essential element of the Basque dinner table is bread, it is also one of the oldest food making traditions in the world dating back to over 30,000 years ago in Europe. While some Asians consider a meal incomplete without a bowl of white rice, a Basque meal is never complete without a fresh loaf of bread. Buying bread is part of the daily routine of every household. In the town of Legazpi there is a museum dedicated to the art of breadmaking. Located inside the Museo Territoria Lenbur (Basque Mining Museum) visitors will get a chance to learn the traditional bread making process, from planting and harvesting grains, milling wheat into flour to pulling freshly baked rolls hot out of the oven. On-site there is an antique mill which was used to grinds beans, flour and many other elements. Once you are done with the visit, be sure to stop by the local bakery to sample a loaf.

    Address: Caserío Igaralde-Goena. Neighborhood Brinkola, 20230.

    Guided Tours: Weekdays by appointment. Sunday: 10:30 and 11:30.

    Phone: 943 730 428.

  • Honey Museum

    Honey Museum

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    Honey has been used by humans for thousands of years. The art of bee keeping is an age old tradition. Located in the town of Murguia near the Gorbea national park visitors will find a unique museum dedicated to the techniques, tools and equipment used to produce honey. The museum has rooms for extraction, packaging and screening. For those interested in a fascinating look into the art of bee keeping or apiculture, this museum is worth a visit.

    Address: House Oregi. Street Domingo de Sautu, 01130.

    Hours: From March to October. Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30 - 13:30. July and August. Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 to 13:00. From November to March. Sundays from 12 to 14 hours.

    Phones: 945 430 167 - 945 430 005.

  • Salt Museum

    Salt Museum

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    In ancient times salt was a valuable commodity which could be given to someone in exchange for service. Before refrigeration, salt was used to cure and preserve meat. The English word "salary" and the Spanish word "salario" both come from the Latin word "salarium" meaning "salt". According to historians the Roman writer Pliny the Elder said, "honoribus etiam militaeque interponitur salariis inde dictis," suggesting that Roman soldiers were at one time paid in salt. This is probably where the expression, "to be worth your salt" came from. Located in the town of Eskoriatza, the Salt Museum gives visitors a chance to explore the fascinating history of salt. 

    Address: Dorleta Bidea, s / n, 20530.

    Hours: 12:00 13:00 Castilian Euskera. Outside these hours, by appointment.

    Phone: 943 714 792.

                

  • Basque Cider Museum

    Basque Cider Museum

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    A sagardotegi is a cider house. In Basque sagardotegi means: sagar "apple", ardo "wine", and “tegi” means building. Popular local restaurants, sagardotegis are known for serving beer and large chuleton “t-bone” steaks along with other local specialties. They are popular with groups of friends who spend the day drinking cider and sharing a meal.

    The museum in Astigarraga is a great place to learn more about local cider. The museum is composed of three simple spaces: a small museum, where you can see pictures, videos, information panels and learn about the local history of cider making. An outdoor orchard where visitors can plant grafts of apple trees, and learn about orchard farming and a third space for sampling cider. The museum is also a good spot to plan your visit to any of the dozens of sidrerias in the area. Peak times for visiting the sidrerias are from February to March during the apple harvest, where reservations are highly recommended well in advance. Sidrerias are also open at other times or during the week when it is less crowded.

    Address: Kale Nagusia, 48, 20115.

    Hours:Tuesday to Saturday: 11:00 to 13:30 and 16:00 to 19:30. Sundays: 11:00 to 13:30. Closed Mondays.

    Phone: 943 550 575.

  • Manuel Acha Liquor Museum

    Manuel Acha Liquor Museum

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    In the town of Amurrio is a small Basque Museum dedicated to liquor. The museum is located in a distillery that has been producing spirits since 1831. They are well known for their liquors including Pacharán Atxa, Karpy or Pacharán Sierra de Orduña. The visit will take you on a journey to learn about the history of the factory, manufacturing process, bottling and see the tools used to create spirits from past to present.

    Address: Maskuribai, 4, 01470.  

    Hours: Visits by appointment. To arrange an appointment contact the Tourist Amurrio officiates.

    Phone: 945 393 704.

  • Basque Museum of Gastronomy

    Basque Museum of Gastronomy

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    This museum is located in the town of Llodio and pays homage to the art of cooking. From homemade meals using traditional recipes to professional chefs, to the private Basque gastronomic clubs. The museum offers a tour of kitchens and utensils from different periods, as well as a large collection of menus from around the world.

    Address: Zubiko Etxea. Master Elorza, 11, 01400.

    Hours: Friday and Saturday from 17:30 to 20:30. Sundays from 11:00 to 14:00.

    Phone: 944 034 940.

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