Leioa

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Leioa
Municipality
Leioa town hall
Leioa town hall
Coat of arms of Leioa
Coat of arms
Leioa is located in Basque Country
Leioa
Leioa
Location of Leioa within the Basque Country
Coordinates: 43°19′44″N 2°59′5″W / 43.32889°N 2.98472°W / 43.32889; -2.98472
Country  Spain
Autonomous Community  Basque Country
Province Biscay
Comarca Greater Bilbao
Area
 • Total 8.5 km2 (3.3 sq mi)
Elevation(AMSL) 30 m (100 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 30,626
 • Density 3,600/km2 (9,300/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (GMT +2) (UTC+2)
Postal code 48940
Area code(s) +34 (Spain) + 94 (Biscay)
Website Town Hall

Leioa (Spanish: Lejona) is a municipality in Biscay, Basque Country, in northern Spain. It is located south of Getxo and Bergando delimitating east and south with Erandio. Today it is part of the Bilbao conurbation. Its population stands at approximately 30.400.Leioa has a sufrace of 8,36 km2. The Udondo river establishes eastern limit of the municipality.[1]

History[edit]

It has its origins in 1526, before that year it was part of the "anteiglesia de Erandio".[2] It was a village with no more than 8000 people until the 1960s, when development came its way, as Bilbao expanded. Its population experienced a rapid increase in the 1970s, and a more moderate growth afterwards. Is become a part of metropolitan Bilbao.

Neighborhoods[edit]

  • Peruri, Zuazu, Sarriena, Santsoena y Lertuche.
  • Tellería, Basáñez, Artazagane, Negurigane y Aldekoane.
  • Artaza, Elejalde, Ikea Mendi, Udondo, Mendibile y Santimami.
  • Pinueta, Lamiako, Los Chopos, Ondiz, Txorierri, Aketxe e Ibaiondo (Santa Ana).

Features[edit]

The main boulevard in Leioa (Looking south towards Bilbao).

The municipality of Leioa still retains much of its agricultural past and out of the urban centre many traditional Basque houses can still be seen on little family farms, though rapid development puts their long-term future in question. The University of the Basque Country (EHU-UPV Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea - Universidad del Pais Vasco) has most faculties within this municipality.

Festivities[edit]

  • May 29: “San Máximo” festivity in Lamiako.
  • June 24: “San Juan Bautista” festivity in Elexalde.
  • August 24: “San Bartolomé” festivity in Basaez.
  • September 8: “Ntra. Sra. De los Remedios” festivity in Ondiz.
  • May 15: “San Isidro” festivity.
  • August 17: Fiestas de Santi Mami.
  • September 10: Fiestas de Udondo.
  • September 29: Fiestas de San Miguel de Txopoeta.

Metro[edit]

Two consecutive stations of Line 1 of the Metro Bilbao rapid transit system are located in Leioa: Leioa and Lamiako.

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