Erandio is a town and municipality located in the province of Biscay, in the autonomous community of Basque Country, northern Spain.

Coat of arms of Erandio
Erandio is located in the Basque Country
Location of Erandio within the Basque Country
Coordinates: 43°18′17″N 2°58′23″W / 43.30472°N 2.97306°W / 43.30472; -2.97306
Autonomous communityBasque Country
ComarcaGreater Bilbao
 • MayorJoseba Goikouria Zarraga (PNV)
 • Total18 km2 (7 sq mi)
Elevation2 m (7 ft)
 • Total24,222
 • Density1,300/km2 (3,500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST (GMT +2))
Postal code
Area code+34 (Spain) + 94 (Biscay)
WebsiteTown Hall

In 1415, during the War of the Bands, the corregidor, the royally-appointed governor of the Biscayan hermandad, acting on royal orders, siphoned off Biscayan wheat to the Asturias, inciting a rebellion. The Biscayans were defeated at Erandio with the loss of sixty men and the wheat transfers continued.

Festivals edit

Several annual festivals are celebrated in Erandio. Most of them are fiestas patronales (patronage festivals, held in the days around the date dedicated to the patron saints under whose advocation churches and hermits are). The local public holiday of the municipality rotates yearly on August 10, August 28 and the corpus Christi day.[2]

Erandio has also celebrated a street music festival called Musikale, with music bands marching and playing in the neighbourhoods of Altzaga and Astrabudua. Musikale was originally conceived in the neighbouring municipality of Leioa. For some years it was held simultaneously in Leioa, Erandio, Basauri and Sestao, but the other municipalities dropped it, and in 2013 only Erandio organised it.[3]

Transport edit

Erandio is connected to other municipalities of Biscay (like Barakaldo, Bermeo, Bilbao, Derio, Getxo, Larrabetzu, Laukiz, Leioa, Mungia and Muskiz) by Bizkaibus bus services [4] and by line 1 of the Bilbao metro, which has three stations in Erandio (Lutxana, Erandio, and Astrabudua). It is also connected to Barakaldo by regular fluvial transport over the Estuary of Bilbao.

Notable people edit

References edit

  1. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.
  2. ^ Fiestas Archived 2014-10-23 at the Wayback Machine Web page of Erandio Municipal Council (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Íñigo Sánchez de Luna, Musikale sobrevive en Erandio, El Correo, September 19, 2013 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Queries Web of the Foral Diputation of Biscay (in English)

External links edit