Portugalete is a town in the Spanish Basque Country ( province of Biscay ).
Portugalete has 47 233 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2013 ) on a city area of 3 km ². Portugalete is located northwest of the provincial capital of Bilbao to the Bilbao estuary, the navigable for seagoing mouth of the river Nervión in the Bay of Biscay, and belongs to the circle (Spanish comarca, bask. Eskualdea ) Wholesale Bilbao and the Bilbao metropolitan area.
Portugalete is connected via the oldest transporter bridge in the world, which was built in 1893 by Alberto de Palacio y Elissague Puente de Vizcaya, with the opposite district of Las Arenas Getxo. Since 2006, the ferry is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.