Muñatones Castle

The Muñatones Castle was built over a long period of time extending throughout the 14th and 15th centuries, against the backdrop of the devastating factional wars that wracked the Basque Country at the time. For its exceptional historical value and the quality of the remains preserved, the casel has been declared a listed monument.

The system of external walls make this tower the only true castle in Bizkaia. It has strong ties with the powerful Lope García de Salazar, man of arms and letters, who wrote the celebrated Bienandanzas e Fortunas.

The fortress is also closely associated with the forge at El Pobal, built at the beginning of the sixteenth century by Ochoa de Salazar (grandson of the chronicler Lope García), which remained in the family for nearly 200 years.

A visit to the two monuments –castle and forge– offers a good illustration of different but complementary aspects of the history of Bizkaia. Together, the yield a wealth of information on the way of life of the rural nobility and the sources of wealth on which their power was based.


General Details

Director: Marta Zabala
Address: Barrio de San Martín. 48550. MUSKIZ.
Access from the N-634 road, coming into Muskiz from Las Carreras
Telephone: 629 27 15 16


Summer visits: Guided tours for all publics
Sundays from mid-June to mid-September: 11am and 12.30pm

Muñatones escolar: Gaztelutxiki guided tour for school groups and summer camps.
May, June, July and October (Tuesday - Friday): 10am - 2pm / 4pm - 7pm

Possibility of tours outside regular visiting hours by appointment (please consult us)

Limited places available. Visits by prior appointment only. Please phone 629 27 15 16 (El Pobal Forge) or e-mail

All visits are with a guide.

Complementary Services

Guided tours


General admission: €3
Combined rate: El Pobal Forge + Muñatones Castle: general €4 and reduced €3
School rate: Muñatones Castle only: €1 per pupil / Muñatones Castle + El Pobal Forge: €2 per pupil
Reduced rate: € 2,50 (under-26s, over-60s, people with disabilities, unemployed, retired people, large families and groups of more than 10 adults)
Free: under 12s, duly accredited teaching staff, guides and press, Museum Day (Friday), International Museum Day: 18 May, local holiday, Nagusi Txartela, ICOM card

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