Albaola, The Sea Factory of the Basques

Albaola, The Sea Factory of the Basques

Albaola, The Sea Factory of the Basques
4.5
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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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 whaleship. A unique place, open to the public, with exhibitions and working craftsmen. Booking in advance necessary.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Tjerk D
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The name "Sea Factory" doesn't do justice to this amazing maritime "action" museum. With the center piece attraction, the replica of the 16th Century "San Juan", now 70% completed I left Albaola determined to come back and see her launched again. All the accompanying visual and material displays, the history of whaling and ship building at the height of Spain's Empire days, and the 'hands on' demonstration of the old shipwright skills and techniques were all compelling. The Basques' unique contribution to the early days of globalization have not been sufficiently credited. This museum helps to correct the record.
Written January 6, 2020
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39piloto
Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Friends
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 Red Bay ( Labrador peninsula) . Now this museum is attempting to re-create de San Juan ( the whaling ship ) . There is a guided tour that is quite informative and full of interesting information. It is a unique place to visit ! There is also a trip to a ciderhouse nearby which I did not take . The museum is in Pasajes San Pedro and after you are done you can take a small "taxi boat" that takes you accross to Pasai Donibane where there are plenty of good bars with terraces for pintxos and great views . The website is very informative so check it ! Tickets are 7 euros with discount for students etc,.
Written January 9, 2016
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LeanneinVan
Vancouver73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We knew nothing about the basque whaling or its connection to Canada before stumbling upon this magnificent museum / workshop. We can’t wait to see the ship finished, launched and pulling into Red Bay Newfoundland, Canada in 2020!
Written July 3, 2019
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sandy h
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015
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 ship building. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is visiting from Canada since the exhibit is available in French and English.
Written August 14, 2015
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Twominutepostcards
Davistown, Australia95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
Albaola Itsas Kultur Faktoria - or the Albaola Sea Factory of the Basques at Pasaia San Pedro was simply fascinating. The facility is devoted to saving ancient Basque ship and boat building skills dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries. The reconstruction of a ship from that era using techniques of the time is underway and you will be able to walk around the still incomplete vessel. The museum traces the extraordinary journeys of the long since gone whalers. The reality of whaling is a bit grim (from modern perspectives) but incredibly skilled and impressive in its day. There is school training young people in the old boat building skills and you can watch them at work on various projects in the workshop. Displays inside the museum are in several languages including English. Guides give informative talks at regular intervals and speak passionately about Basque culture and history.
SUMMARY: Fascinating and well organised museum devoted to Basque Maratime history, including whaling. Cost of general entry is 7 Euros per person. You can catch the number 9 bus from Donostia/San Sebastian - takes ten minutes. Take the ferry across the harbour to Pasaia Donibane for lunch and watch the boats and ships come and go.
Written March 29, 2019
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Ion P
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
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, one of the whale hunting ships that sunk in Newfoundland's Red Bay. The museum's amazing staff tells visitors (EN, FR, ES, EUS) about the construction of the ship and the Basque whalers' shuddering adventures.
Written July 29, 2018
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L5398DLdavidw
Biarritz63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
The museum is a short coastal walk from San Pedro. There is plenty of parking before the little ferry to Donibane with its many fish restaurants and historic buildings. There is an excellent friendly and helpful bar chum shop along the route to the museum.

Museum is not really the right word as this is really a living boatyard where the fifteenth century Basque whalers are still being built using the authentic carpentry skills. A wonder to see today and the exhibits around help tell the history but the highlight is the construction of the whaler San Juan in progress. Multilingual guides help one to appreciate the project.

We strongly recommend this detour followed by a lunch in Donibane taking the ferry!
Written May 25, 2017
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matrosen2013
Stavanger, Norway55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 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 - DO NOT PASS. Stop by! A fascinating history of Basque coastal heritage and the whalehunting on the Labrador coast is told in a well arranged exhibition, in 4 languages. You then visit the workshop were wooden boatbuilders are working on parts for the big ship or smaller projects; before you will see the whaling ship San Juan under construction in the boatshed.
Written June 3, 2016
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Centre_of_Canada
Winnipeg, Canada125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
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 do with this active exhibit. We were pretty proud Canadians while going through the "Sea Factory"...and, the Basques give a lot of credit to the Canadians for the 30 years it took to find out everything that was needed to be known about the San Juan which sunk off Red Bay Labrador in 1565. The exhibit (with major kudos to Parks Canada) explains all of this and then you get to see its reconstruction in action.
Written March 16, 2016
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Delta-Z
Tel Aviv, Israel79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Solo
This museum is centered around an effort to build a real life copy of a 16th century whaling ship. It has information on Basque shipbuilding and whaling history, and is rather small. I found it very interesting and it took me about an hour. The exhibition is fully trilingual Spanish/Basque/English, and the staff are very nice and spoke good English. At the end of the exhibition you get to see the work in progress.
I would definitely recommend it as it has a very special feeling about it. It's conveniently located at one end of the Pasajes track from San Sebasitian, a few hundred meters into the Pasaia port.
Written August 8, 2015
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