Santurtzi (Spanish: Santurce; Basque: Santurtzi [santuɾts̻i]) is a port town in the province of Biscay, in the autonomous community of Basque Country, Spain. It is located in the Bilbao Abra bay, near the mouth of the Nervión river, on its left bank, 14 km downriver from Bilbao and forms part of the Greater Bilbao agglomeration. It has a population of 45,853 (2019) and a land area of 6.77 km².

Flag of Santurtzi
Coat of arms of Santurtzi
Santurtzi is located in Basque Country
Location of Santurtzi within the Basque Country
Coordinates: 43°19′49″N 03°1′53″W / 43.33028°N 3.03139°W / 43.33028; -3.03139Coordinates: 43°19′49″N 03°1′53″W / 43.33028°N 3.03139°W / 43.33028; -3.03139
Country Spain
Autonomous communityBasque Country (autonomous community) Basque Country
ComarcaGreater Bilbao
Founded1075, first written reference
 • AlcaldesaAintzane Urkijo Sagredo (PNV-EAJ)
 • Total6.77 km2 (2.61 sq mi)
2 m (7 ft)
 • Total45,795
 • Density6,800/km2 (18,000/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Santurzano, santurtziarra (eusk.)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Official language(s)Basque
WebsiteOfficial website

The district of Santurce of the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico derives its name from Santurtzi.


Santurtzi has a very rough orography although excluding Mount Serantes (452m) - one of its most symbolic topographic elements, it is not at high altitude, the significant heights being spurs of the Serantes (Serandi): The Mallet (245m) and the Fortified heights (123 and 106m). Its relief is within the north flank of the anticline of Biscay. It is a relief of a structural type corresponding to a series of materials of the Cretaceous period (limestone) throughout Punta Lucero-Serantes smoothly inclined towards the Estuary of Bilbao.

The climate in Santurtzi is of the humid oceanic climate type. The temperatures are moderate throughout the year, with more frequent rains in spring and autumn, winters are benign and summers not excessively warm. The average temperature is 20 °C (70ªF) in summer and 8 °C (48ªF) in winter.




Years Mayor Party
1979-1983 José Antonio Loidi Alcaraz EAJ-PNV
1983-1987 José Miguel Darquistade Albizua PSOE
1987-1991 José Miguel Darquistade Albizua PSOE
1987-1995 José Miguel Darquistade Albizua PSOE
1995-1999 José Miguel Darquistade Albizua PSE-EE
1999-2003 Francisco Javier Cruz Expósito PSE-EE
2003-2007 Francisco Javier Cruz Expósito PSE-EE
2007-2011 Ricardo Ituarte Azpiazu EAJ-PNV
2011-2015 Ricardo Ituarte Azpiazu EAJ-PNV
2015-2019 Aintzane Urkijo Sagredo EAJ-PNV
2019-2023 Aintzane Urkijo Sagredo EAJ-PNV

Geographic locationEdit


The life in the area is focused on the sea, which inspires its work and its leisure. Fishing boat and rowing boat races, and the celebrations of the Virgin of the Carmen are carried out each year.[citation needed]

Events and festivitiesEdit


  • San Jorge church (1725, the tower in 1844)
  • House Toasts (1890)
  • Town Hall (1905)
  • Monument to Cristóbal Murrieta (1923)
  • Patronato Santa Eulalia (1914)
  • Home and clinical San Juan de Dios (1925)
  • Oriol Palace (1913)
  • Science of navigation school (1860) and Hijas de la Cruz college (1863)
  • Virgen del Mar church (1901)
  • Fishermen Confraternity (1916)
  • Town Park (1918) and Central Kiosk (1917)
  • Mamariga fountain (1882)
  • Monument to the Sardinera (1964)
  • Fishing Port (1916) and Virgin of Carmen (1950)
  • Museum of Sculptures
  • Monument to Miguel de Unamuno
  • Señorío de Vizcaya Square (redesign 2007)


  1. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.

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