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Símon Bolivar Square in Ziortza-Bolibar
Símon Bolivar Square in Ziortza-Bolibar
Lea-Artibai eskualdea.svg
Country  Spain
Autonomous community Basque Country
Province Biscay
Capital Markina-Xemein
 • Total 206 km2 (80 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 26,095
 • Density 130/km2 (330/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Largest municipality Ondarroa

Lea-Artibai is a comarca of the province of Biscay, in the Basque Country, Spain. Lea-Artibai is the heir of the historical merindad of Markina, which was one of the merindades of Biscay. Currently, Lea-Artibai is one of the seven comarcas that compose the province. Its capital city is Markina-Xemein.


Lea-Artibai is located at the northeast extreme of the province. It limits with the comarcas of Busturialdea at west and Durangaldea at south, while the province of Gipuzkoa is at the east. The Bay of Biscay is at north. It occupies the drainage basin of the rivers Lea and Artibai.


# Municipality Population Territory km²
Escudo de Markina Xemein.svg Markina-Xemein 4.950 44,79
Coats of arms of None.svg Ziortza-Bolibar 408 18,50
Escudo de Ondarroa 2000.svg Ondarroa 8.856 3,6
Escudo de Etxebarria.svg Etxebarria 821 18,10
Berriatuko armarria 5zm 300px.svg Berriatua 1,284 20,23
Escudo de Amoroto.svg Amoroto 414 12,94
Escudo de Gizaburuaga.svg Gizaburuaga 201 6,32
Escudo de Ispaster.svg Ispaster 668 22,62
Escudo de Lekeitio.svg Lekeitio 7.438 1,90
Escudo de Aulesti.svg Aulesti 680 25,31
Escudo de Munitibar-Arbatzegi Gerrikaitz.svg Munitibar-Arbatzegi Gerrikaitz 415 27,04
Escudo de Mendexa.svg Mendexa 431 56


The Artibai river in Berriatua.

Lea-Artibai is the only comarca of Biscay that does not have a single kilometer of highway or railway. Its communications are deficient and depend on roads, like the BI-633 that connects Ondarroa with Durango or the BI-2405 which connects Ondarroa with Lekeitio.


The economy of the municipalities of Lea-Artibai are based on the primary sector, while some industries, like one of fish preservation exist too.

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Coordinates: 43°17′17″N 2°31′32″W / 43.28806°N 2.52556°W / 43.28806; -2.52556