A number of shopping centers have opened in Bilbao and its surroundings. This place has met with considerable success especially for karting. It has lots of well known shops such as Biscay and Primark. Downstairs there are all kinds of shops, a huge Eroski, phone shops and a cafe. If you are tired, you can lay on the sofas, where once I caught a couple napping! Ballonti Indoor Karting is the first indoor karting arena in Bizkaia. There is also a cinema, fitness studio, Bowling and Laser Games.
Opened in 1912 this kiosk was created with the idea of delighting villagers by offering music and theater, it's in the middle of Plaza del Solar which makes it one of the most visited tourist attractions and by the inhabitants of Portugalete. Today, local bands often exhibit at the Kiosk and it's a reference point during town festivities.
The famous Torre Salazar is halfway down the promenade area of the estuary and is a XV century building. Its purpose was neither more nor less than to control the location regarding both boats and people. Many years ago a fire destroyed the tower and today, after rehabilitation, it is home to a museum showing the history of the town and a well-known restaurant in its lower part.
The Basilica of Santa Maria originally was of wooden construction, but in the XV century it was rebuilt giving it today's appearance. The style is Gothic-Renaissance, the facade catches your attention with its two medieval gargoyles representing fantastic animals and which is not often found in this type of construction. Inside it's worth seeing the altarpiece and two fantastic Gothic-Flemish paintings.
In the lower part of Portugalete, near the town hall of the city stands this magnificent sculpture that pays tribute to Victor Chávarri. He is one of the most influential people in the economic and political development of the Basque Country. In the late nineteenth century he created the company Altos Hornos de Vizcaya which provided many jobs and benefits. The sculptor Miguel Blay created this monument in 1903 and because of it, he won the first Gold Medal at the International Exhibition of Paris of 1905. It is worth seeing because it is quite nice, you can see the image of Chávarri with two blast furnace workers.
Portugalete town hall is in a Neoclassical portico building that was built in 1883 and its architecture fits harmoniously with the rest of area. It is located next to places such as the Kiosk, the suspension bridge and the monument of Victor Chávarri. Besides being the town hall, it is also the offices of the municipal police.
The Rialia is the Museum of Portugalete Industry and opened it in 2006. It's on the promenade leading from Santurce to Portugalete and ends in Sestao (it's a little after the suspension bridge, if you're coming from Santurce). In it you can see the old archives of Altos Hornos de Vizcaya, some models depicting old factory premises and the still operational Sestao Steelworks and photos of the time. Apart from that exhibit there's another on the lives of local fishermen, with plenty of models of all types of boats, including popular trawlers. It is a recommended visit.
Dr Areilza Park is located in the town of Portugalete, next to Peñota train station, and close to the famous Canopy Walkway and Portugalete pools. It is a small park with benches, trees and a pond with goldfish. Formerly there were cages with monkeys in, which is why many people know it as "monkey park". Today, all that remains of the monkeys are statues near the pond. It is one of the few parks in the city, and it is well worth a visit.