Tracks with history

The route between two railway lines (one no longer in use but now recovered as leisure area) forms the space that takes the itinerary of this walk.

The rise of the old factory Altos Hornos de Vizcaya (AHV) promoted during a long time this area like no other neighbourhood in Barakaldo. We refer to the space between these two almost parallel lines that form the route of the current train station and the old railway of Lutxana Minning, recovered a few years ago as a pedestrian promenade named Dolores Uribarri.

A maze of streets and squares defines this urban space with a tour we start at Palacio Larrea (N. 1), an old tower house built in the eighteenth century that has been restored with exquisite taste, and houses today a famous restaurant.

A few meters from here, we can connect with the square Plaza del Botxo (N. 2), the end of the pedestrian route through the old mining railway of the company Franco Belga, which can also be covered in the opposite direction, to Beurko.

Also close to this place are two of the roads with more historical roots in the city. These are Portu and Ibarra streets, arteries that in the past had a great commercial splendour connected with the development of AHV.

At the end of this last street, in Paseo del Ferrocarril, next to the station Desierto-Barakaldo, we find the building of the `Alhóndiga’ (N. 3), a wine warehouse built in 1949 on the site given over to the church of San José a century before. The building, with rectangular ground plan and curved corners, is arranged in three sections, with a lower central part than the sides. His entire structure is built with reinforced concrete. The ground floor was in its origins devoted to the storage of wines, oils and spirits, although the first and second floors were built as homes.

A little further on, and parallel to the railway line Santurce-Bilbao, a large green area (including a pilota-court), forms the Lasesarre park (N. 4) next to the modern Sports Centre (N. 5). It is an ideal place for leisure or walking. Here we find, among small hills and valleys separated by low hedges and groups of trees, areas for playing petanque or bowling, as well as a skate park, all connected by stairs, ramps and a zigzag path.

A little further, at the end of the Murrieta avenue in its boundary with the Galindo river, we find the park Ribera de Galindo (N. 6) which takes almost half of the approximately 500,000 square meters on which the society Ria 2000 has worked to regenerate the landscape of this area.

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