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Albaola, The Sea Factory of the Basques

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Albaola, The Sea Factory of the Basques, located in Pasaia, is the site of the building of the San Juan, a replica of a 16. Century wahleship. A unique place, open to the public, with exhibitions and working cragtsmen.
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Ondartxo Ibilbidea, 1, San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
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Reviewed 6 October 2018

I visited here during a works trip to the Basque region & it was a revelation. A fascinating insight into the whaling boats which used to sail from here to Newfoundland - our guide was superb - very knowledgeable & enthusiastic plus seeing the progress...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

Was such an amazing and interesting visit. Would definitely recommend. The staff were all enthusiastic and welcoming. Spoke English.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 29 July 2018

This museum is a must if travelers are visiting the area. The Albaola museum tells the amazing story of 16th century Basque whalers that shipped to Newfoundland to hunt whales. Moreover, the site has embarked a upon a project of rebuilding, following 16th building techniques,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Ion P
Reviewed 20 July 2017

A led a group of 20 on a travel competition and Elara at Albaola was our key contact to create a competition whereby our teams would take a quiz about the museum and then participate in a 2 hr competition in the boat workshop making...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank beaubo
Reviewed 10 May 2017

A lot of people who visit San Sebastián don't venture to this nearby museum in Pasaia, and that is a huge shame. Albaola is very tourist friendly and well designed, with a detailed exhibit on the history of Basque whaling and the San Juan shipwreck...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 3 June 2016

After about 3 hours on foot, on Camino del Norte, to the east from San Sebastian, you will find Pasaia; fishing community and commercial port. Halfway through the harbour entrance, along the footpath, you will pass The Sea Factory of the Basques. Or rather -...More

Date of experience: May 2016
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Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

Stumbled across this "living" museum / workshop after walking the cliff path from San Sebastián. They are recreating a 16th Century Basque Whaling Ship using traditional techniques based on what they discovered from the wreck of 'San Juan'. There is a small museum which tells...More

Date of experience: May 2016
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Reviewed 16 March 2016

We used the destination (Pasaia San Pedro) as an excuse to get a good walk in (1-way though is 8km!...take the E9 bus instead). However, when we arrived we discovered just how much a researcher from Canada and a Parks Canada underwater archeologist had to...More

Date of experience: March 2016
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Reviewed 9 January 2016

Years ago I used to go camping in Newfoundland and heard stories about the Basque visiting the area for centuries ( heard those stories in the Basque country as well ) . Al about the find of a sunk whaling ship across northwest Newfoundland in...More

Date of experience: December 2015
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Reviewed 14 August 2015 via mobile

This museum is not like a typical museum! You get to learn about the interesting history from the knowledgeable guides, smell the oak trees that is used to build the San Juan ship, hear the lovely music as you explore the museum and witness the...More

Date of experience: August 2015
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