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Gorliz (formerly Górliz in Spanish) is a town and municipality located in the province of Biscay, which lies within the autonomous community of the Basque Country, in northern Spain. The town had 5,503 inhabitants in 2010.

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One of the biggest attractions of the municipality is the beach and nearby pine forest. Churches such as the Church of the Immaculate Conception, founded in the tenth century and remodeled in 1781, and the church of Santa María (Andra Mari) are also attractions. In Cabo Villano, Billao in Basque, about 30 minutes from downtown, you can enjoy magnificent views along the lighthouse. In this area there are cannons and underground galleries built after the Spanish Civil War by the Franco regime, using prisoners of war on the Republican side, in anticipation of a hypothetical landing of the Allies after World War II that never came.


From 1979-2007 Górliz's mayors belonged to the Basque Nationalist Party (in 1999 and in 2003 Patxo Igartua was elected, having presented the PNV in coalition with Eusko Alkartasuna). In 2007 there were separate EA and PNV. The PNV was again the most voted, but obtained a simple majority of 40% of the valid votes (those of Basque Nationalist Action were considered null), which earned him only six of the 13 councillors. Emma Calzada of the Independent Group was elected mayor of Gorliz, with the votes of his group (4 councillors), the Basque PP (PP-PV, 1 councillor), Ezker Batua - Berdeak - Aralar (1 councillor) and Eusko Alkartasuna (EA, 1 councillor). 1 2 3

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Coordinates: 43°25′N 2°56′W / 43.417°N 2.933°W / 43.417; -2.933