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Albaola The Sea Factory of the Basques

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ALBAOLA THE SEA FACTORY OF THE BASQUES is located at the entrance of the Bay of Pasaia (Gipuzkoa), close to the ancient steam dredger Jazikibel and situated in a renovated shipyard.

In this magical and hidden place the ship writing carpenters repair and build boats with high historic and ethnographic value.

Albaola factory evokes many sea odysseys lived by the Basque people along the New World trough the whale hunters and their vessels. More than a museum, this factory is an imaginative and open space where you can learn, thanks to a dynamic process, the sea history of the Basques watching the public construction of the replica of one of its most famous ships: XVIth century whale ship SAN JUAN.

You can visit the whaling ship construction process here, in the Basque sea factory, it's dynamic and it develops over time to the rhythm of its constructive stages inside a big shed where the big structure pieces are finally assembled.

All this process is set in a permanent exhibition based on the whaling and the sea activity of the Basques during the 16th century.

ALBAOLA completes your tourism experience inviting you to navigate along the bay of Pasaia: the access to the museum can be made by the sea thanks to a maritime transport service located at "Muelle del Hospitalillo". You can park your car at the free parking of Trintxerpe situated on the same wharf and you can board on this green boat where an exciting tour will start.




Ondartxo ibilbidea, 1
20110 Pasai San Pedro


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Albaola the Sea Faktory of the basques

Tel.: (00 34) 943 392 426


Interesting information


  • From Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-14:00 / 15:00-19:00
  • Closed on Mondays (except public holidays and the day before public holidays)
  • REST OF THE YEAR Open from TUESDAY TO SUNDAY in this schedule:
  • Tuesday and sunday 10:00-14:00
  • Wednesday to saturday 10:00-14:00 / 15:00-18:00 (from 17 June and in summer timetable until 19:00h)
  • Open On Bank Holidays


  • Monday (except on Bank Holidays and on the eve of Bank Holidays)
  • Special days: January 1st and 6th; December 24th, 25th and 31st.



  • General public: €10.00.
  • Reduced: €7.00 (students up tu 25 years old, over 25 years old, large families, sigle-parent families, unemployed people, people with disabilities and groups of more than 10 people).
  • Free: accompanied children up to 6 years old.

MIXED VISIT (previous booking)

  • General admission + guided tour: €14.00/person.
  • Reduced admission + guided tour: €11.00/person.
  • Accompanied children up to 6 years old: free.

GROUP VISIT (previous booking)

  • Private visit: entrance fee + 100€ per group.


A 10% discount for the cardholders of the next cards*: Large Family, San Sebastian Card, Museos de la Costa Vasca, Club Irrien Lagunak and Nekatur. San Sebastian Card, Museums of The Basque Coast,Community of the Basque Maritime Museum, Subscribers of Diario Vasco, Club Irrien Lagunak, Nekatur, Ametza Camping and presenting the entry of L'Hermione in Bayonne.

*To benefit from a discount it is necessary to show the correspondent accrediting document.

VAT included. 


More information

Come to Albaola by boat:



Where can I get the boat? At the "muelle del Hospitalillo" quay, in front of the Azti Tecnalia building. Previous booking is necessary. 

Information, fees and reservations:

Itxaszerbi (+34) 630 448 813 -



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