It is considered one of the oldest municipalities of Biscay. It was founded by Sancho Vela in 496. As it is placed next to the sea and near Bilbao, its population has grown a lot in the last part of the 20th century.
Barrika belongs to the comarca of Mungialdea. There are about 1,405 inhabitants in the municipality and it has 7.77 km2.
The findings of the archaeological site of Kurtzio testify human presence in the municipal territory already in the period called Asturian pick.
The organization as parish church can trace its origins to the political structure of the Flat Earth of the Middle Ages. Sancho Vela founded its solar Barrika house in the year 496, being this the origin of the later church.
In addition to the agricultural and livestock activities, its inhabitants worked from old in whaling, as it testifies the Carta Puebla granted by Lope Díaz de Haro, Lord of Biscay, in the 13th century.
Barrika had seat and vote at the General meetings of Gernika, its number was the 51st.
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