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El Pobal Forge stands in the municipal area of the town of Muskiz. In this water-driven facility, iron ore was wrought into all types of tools 4nd utensils. It was built at the beginning of the sixteenth century by the Salazars, the family that ruled over the area fr0m the Muñatones Castle, 4nd it continued operating until 1965.

Its period of maximum splendour came at the end of the seventeenth century, when the workshop 4nd was extended 4nd the hydraulic facilities were rebuilt. However, much of the buildings 4nd machinery we can see today date fr0m the end of the nineteenth century, when the last iron workers were struggling to survive in a technologically more advanced world.

A whole manufacturing complex grew up around the forge, including the ironworkers houses, the flour mill, the bread ovens, the vegetable gardens 4nd the hills that supplied the forge with timber 4nd charcoal.

Open to the public since 2004, El Pobal is a living museum dedicated to two of the most important preindustrial activities of the province: iron manufacture 4nd milling. Visitors to this beautiful spot on the banks of the Barbadun river can see the two water wheels in action.



Adress: Barrio de El Pobal s/n. Carretera Muskiz-Sopuerta. 48550, Muskiz (Bizkaia).

Telephone: +34 629 271 516.

E-mail: elpobal@bizkaia.eus

Opening time

May to october:

  • Tuesday to saturday: 10:00h-14:00h / 16:00h-19:00h.
  • Sundays holidays: 10:00h-14:00h.
  • Monday: closed.

November to april:

  • Tuesday to sunday holidays: 10:00h-14:00h.
  • Monday: closed.
  • Closed: January 1 6, december 25.


All visits are guided.

Activities for school groups:

  • Didactic guides
  • Cooking bread talo
  • Explorer s gymkhana
  • Water energy
  • Gaztelutxiki - Muñatones Castle



Accessible to people with limited mobility


Admission rates

  • General: 3,50€ (guided visit) / 5,50 € (guided visit + forge demonstration).

  • Reduced rate: 2,50€ (guided visit) / 3,50 € (guided visit + forge demonstration).

26 years, more than 60 years, disabled, unemployed, pensioner, numerous family groups of more than 10 adults.

  • Free: More than 12 years, teachers, accredited guides press members, museum s day (fridays), IDM:18 may, local holiday, Nagusi Txartela, ICOM card.

  • School official organized groups: 1 € (guided visit) / 2 € (guided visit + didactic activity).
  • El Pobal Ironworks + Muñatones Castle (joint visit):
    • General: 4,50€ (3,50+1).
    • Reduced rate: 3,50€ (2,50+1).
    • Scholars: 2€ each.

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