Our History

We invite you to a very special journey over time through this photographic exhibition.

IGERETXE: A LIVING MEMORY OF THE SPA TOURISM IN GETXO.

During the last two centuries spa tourism, especially marine spas, has been a significant element in Getxo’s history. The voracious industry of Bilbao and the changes in the social habits made this activity disappear without leaving a trace.

However, amongst all the spa and tourist facilities set up on the banks of the Abra Bay, the Igeretxe’s building silhouette is the one that still stands as the milestone of a time already gone. A significant place in the present times that looks ahead full of energy and illusion.

Final section’s plane of the river and the Abra in 1734.

Copy from “Felipe II. Los ingenios y las máquinas” (1998).

Ereaga beach from Punta Begoña by 1875.

Bizkaia Provincial Council. Provincial Council’s collection.

Overview of Las Arenas beach by 1890.

Photograph lent by the Port Authority of Bilbao.

Portugalete (front) and Las Arenas beaches by 1890.

Photograph lent by the Port Authority of Bilbao.

Ereaga durante la década de 1890. En el centro la galera balnearia de La Perla.

Imagen cedida por la Autoridad Portuaria de Bilbao.

Las Arenas’ urban view from the Puente Bizkaia by 1910.

Photograph lent by the Port Authority of Bilbao

Las Arenas’ quay and the Abra’s Maritime Club at the beginning of the XXth century.

Libraries photo archive. Aula de Cultura de Getxo.

Urban view of the Basagoiti avenue and the beach with a view of the Igeretxe building by 1920.

Bizkaia Provincial Council.

The Igeretxe spa building from the quay by 1920.

Postcard from the Libraries photo archive. Aula de Cultura de Getxo.

Cars and pedestrians on the quay next to the Igeretxe by the end of the 20’s.

Libraries photo archive. Aula de Cultura de Getxo.

Music room at the Igeretxe’s pavillion (inside) during the 20’s.

Bizkaia Provincial Council. Provincial Council’s collection

Daily life on the beach in front of the Igeretxe during the 20’s.

Libraries photo archive. Aula de Cultura de Getxo.

Igeretxe and activity on the beach by 1920.

Collection of the Contemporary History Department of the University UPV-EHU.

Arriluze’s galleries from the beach during the 20’s.

Echevarrieta’s family house. Photo lent by the Port Authority of Bilbao.

The smart boardwalk along the shore of Ereaga during the 20’s.

Libraries photo archive. Aula de Cultura de Getxo..

Social activity at the Igeretxe by 1930.

Libraries photo archive. Aula de Cultura de Getxo.

Leisure on the beach in front of the Igeretxe during the 30’s.

Bizkaia Provincial Council- Provincial Council Collection

Group of women on the beach in front of the Igeretxe during the 30’s.

Libraries photo archive. Aula de Cultura de Getxo.

Family group on the beach by the end of the 50’s.

Libraries photo archive. Aula de Cultura de Getxo.

Motorcycle race at the Ereaga’s quay in the 50’s.

Libraries photo archive. Aula de Cultura de Getxo.

Beach huts on the Ereaga beach at the beginning of the 60’s.

Libraries photo archive. Aula de Cultura de Getxo.

Actividad en el muelle de Ereaga junto a Igeretxe alrededor del año 1965.

Diputación Foral de Bizkaia-Archivo Foral.

Bañistas en Ereaga hacia 1965.

Fondo Departamento de Historia Contemporánea, UPV-EHU.

Family groups on the Ereaga beach by 1970.

Bizkaia Provincial Council collection-Bizkaia Provincial Council.
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