EIBAR: the armourer city, armed with art, industry and sport

Eibar, nicknamed the Armourer City, stands out as the capital of the region, with a large concentration of population and diverse commerce.

Industrial Heritage

Eibar has long been one of the industrial hubs of Gipuzkoa. It specialised in making guns for centuries, adapting to a variety of new products as guns demand decreased. Debabarrena's varied industry has its origins in the skills and knowledge drawn from gun making, along with the entrepreneur spirit of its inhabitants.

Find out more about Eibar's industrial past, visiting the Arms Industry Museum.

The Arms Industry Museum, Eibar
The Arms Industry Museum, Eibar

Art, sport, and much more

There is much more to Eibar than just industry. The city is well-known for being the birthplace of the famous artist Ignacio Zuloaga. Four of his beautiful paintings, a gift from the artist himself, can be seen in the Sanctuary of Arrate. Other built heritage monuments include the magnificent Church of San Andrés, the Tower House of Unzueta or "Markeskua", the Palace of Aldatze and the Town Hall itself, as well as several industrial factories.

The city also hosts many cultural and sports activities. The Portalea Cultural Centre holds many exhibitions throughout the year, and the Theatre Festival brings the best of the national theatre scene to the city. Eibar is also home to a First Division football team, the S.D. Eibar. Its stadium, one of the smallest on its league, is open for guided tours. 

The Sanctuary of the Virgin of Arrate is an emblematic place for all the men and women of Eibar, as well as the surrounding area. Written records of this sanctuary date back to the 8th century.

SD Eibar, at La Liga
SD Eibar, at La Liga