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Coat of arms of Aulesti
Coat of arms
Aulesti is located in Basque Country
Location of Aulesti within the Basque Country
Aulesti is located in Spain
Location of Aulesti within Spain
Coordinates: 43°17′47″N 2°33′46″W / 43.29639°N 2.56278°W / 43.29639; -2.56278Coordinates: 43°17′47″N 2°33′46″W / 43.29639°N 2.56278°W / 43.29639; -2.56278
Country Spain
Autonomous community Basque Country
Province Biscay
Comarca Lea-Artibai
 • Mayor Mikel Ansotegui Jayo (EH Bildu)
 • Total 25.31 km2 (9.77 sq mi)
Elevation 85 m (279 ft)
Population (2014)
 • Total 654
 • Density 26/km2 (67/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Basque: aulestiarra
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 48380
Official language(s) Basque
Website Official website

Aulesti is a town and municipality located in the province of Biscay, in the autonomous community of the Basque Country, in northern Spain. Aulesti is located in the region of Lea-Artibai, 44 km from Bilbao, the capital of Biscay. In 2014, it had approximately 654 residents. Mikel Ansotegui Jayo has been Aulesti's mayor since 2011. The demonym for Aulesti's inhabitants is "Aulestiarra".


Nine small chapels are located in Aulesti and its surrounding mountains. These chapels date back to the time of the Roman Empire and were rebuilt in the 19th century.


The mountains around Aulesti contain a characteristic black marble known as Nero Marquino Marble [1] which is quarried and shipped worldwide to be used as construction material.

Traditional Events[edit]

Aulesti is known for several traditional crowd gathering events. One strength-related competition involves farm animals transporting heavy loads of stones. Human-strength competitions occur as well. The origin of these traditional events can be traced to the daily work of the Basque farmers.

On September 16 of every year, the town council organizes villagers from Aulesti and other nearby villages to go to the Santa Eufemi Chapel in Urregarai.

Notable people[edit]

Jose Ramon "Katxin" Uriarte made his debut in 1971 at the age of fifteen in Gernika. A year later, he went to Miami, USA to play Jai Alai, one of the most famous ball sports practiced in the Basque Country.

The Ubilla brothers were famous players of "Pala", a sport similar to Jai Alai, but using a racket instead of a "Cesta".


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