Getxo [' getʃo ] (Spanish Guecho ) is a city in the province of Biscay, in the Autonomous Region of the Basque Country in Spain.

Getxo is located at the mouth of Nervións the Bay of Biscay, north adjacent to the provincial capital of Bilbao. Getxo is part of the county ( comarca ) Wholesale Bilbao and the Bilbao agglomeration.

In the 19th century ensured rich merchants and industrialists from Bilbao and Madrid, which moved their summer residence to Getxo, a rapid population growth and economic recovery; There were seaside resorts, a casino and hotel. The up to 60 -meter-high cliff, which is partly in sandy beaches, the image of the city, which by its mild climate (average 8 ° C in winter and 20 ° C in summer ) characterizes evocatively. From the district of Las Arenas ( sandy beaches ), the oldest transporter bridge in the world that. Puente de Vizcaya from 1893, on the estuary of the Nervión to the opposite city Portugalete Since 2006, the ferry is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The port in Algorta district ( as a separate fishing village dating from the 11th century witnessed ) is now used mainly tourism and leisure, traditional fishing plays hardly any role, although he is also close to major city of Bilbao to the modern era a significant contribution to played development of the city.


Mayor of Getxo is Imanol Landa ( PNV ).

City Council (2003): PNV - EA: 41.8 % ( eleven seats - two seats Eusko Alkartasuna / nine seats PNV ), PP: 33.2 % ( nine seats), PSE - EE: 13.4 % (three seats), IU -EB: 7.2% (two seats), Aralar: 2.7% (-)

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Emilio Alonso Larrazábal (1912 - †), football player
  • José María Zárraga (1930-2012), football player, coach and functionary
  • Pedro Morenes (* 1948), politician
  • Iñigo Landaluze ( b. 1977 ), cyclist