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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 and utensils. It was built at the beginning of the sixteenth century by the Salazars, the family that ruled over the area from the Muñatones Castle, and it continued operating until 1965.

Its period of maximum splendour came at the end of the seventeenth century, when the workshop and was extended and the hydraulic facilities were rebuilt. However, much of the buildings and machinery we can see today date from 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 and the hills that supplied the forge with timber and 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 and 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: 629 271 516

E-mail: elpobal@bizkaia.eus

Twitter: https://twitter.com/elpobal

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elpobalekoburdinola

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elpobal/

Opening time

From may to october:

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

From november to april:

  • From tusday to sunday holidays: 10:00h-14:00h
  • Monday: closed

Closed: January 1 6, december 25.


All visits are guided

Activities for school groups:

  • Cooking bread talo
  • Exercise handbook
  • Blacksmith in practice
  • Explorer s gymkhana
  • Forest, water energy
  • Gaztelutxiki - Muñatones Castle



Accessible to people with limited mobility

Car park

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, >60 years, disabled, unemployed, pensioner, numerous family groups of >10 adults.

Free: <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: 3,50 € (2,50+1)
  • Scholars: 2 € each
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